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  • Writer's pictureMichèle Newton


Updated: Mar 1, 2019

When I started conversations last year during Black History Month, little did I know what an impact they would have on my life. It's important to me to encourage my community to explore conversations about diversity and inclusion. I've had new opportunities to participate in my community and I've embraced them. Here's a run down of how I'm making change in my community:

I was proud to co-host Making Change, Barrie's first (to my knowledge) Black History Month Kick Off event, with fellow community change-maker Shelly Skinner. It was so wonderful to see the community come together to share in speeches, music, poetry and art from our black community. We welcomed speakers Janie Cooper-Wilson - Honouring the Past; Michèle Newton - Embracing the Present and Our Mosaic Lives Exhibit and Dorian Odusayna - Supporting the Future; poet Charlotte Henay - Note from the Road; Artist and Animator Sean George; and, singer-songwriters Michelle C Guy and Quincy Johnson-Talbutt .

My Our Mosaic Lives Art Exhibit of photographs, poetry, and motivational expressions from my interviews with Black Canadian Women is on display in the Barrie Public Library, for the month of February and now into March.

A continuation of Black History Month and in coordination with #ItStarts, I'll be interviewed by Beth Foster in live interview and discussion about diversity and inclusion based on Our Mosaic Lives . It's happening on Monday, March 25, 2019, from 7:30 - 8:30 pm, at the Barrie Public Library Downtown Branch.

Through Our Mosaic Lives, I've embraced becoming a community leader, collaborating creativity and educating others. How are you making change in your community?


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