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A Focus on Black History Month

Making Change in our communities!

Bringing a family focus to Black History Month

During Black History Month (February), several communities across Simcoe County will welcome the Mosaic of Black Culture – A Family Event. Created by Making Change, this interactive event features live steel pan music, a make your own steel pan craft, and an overview of Black History from a local Canadian perspective.

Admission is free and registrations are available for event dates in:

  • Innisfil (Feb 11),
  • Angus & Orillia (Feb 18),
  • Bradford (Feb 19),
  • Barrie & Wasaga Beach (Feb 25)

Thanks to sponsorship support from: Alectra Utilities, City of Orillia, Innisfil ideaLAB & Library, MacLaren Art Centre and the City of Barrie.

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Attendees will hear traditional Caribbean music provided by award-winning steel pan performer, Pan Fyah. Youth can try the steel pan themselves and also create their own drum to take home in this fun-filled family event. The event will also share an engaging overview of local Black History presented by Making Change speaker Debbie Opoku-Mulder.

For registration info click here

Making Change With Our Youth

The Art Engagement Project – Changing the Narrative through the Arts is returning for 2023 and we will be in 50 classrooms between the Simcoe County District School Board and the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board. Our Art mentors will engage students in conversations around diversity & inclusion. Youth will explore the impact anti-Black racism has had on the world around us. They will reflect on how we can overcome racism by making change. Their inspired works of visual art, music, photography, dance & drama pieces will give students a chance to share what they have learned with their peers and the community about the importance of allyship.

Click here to meet the Art Mentors

Meet our Art Engagement Project Coordinator/Presenter

Making Change in the News

What an incredible year 2022 was for Making Change when it comes to community recognition. Alasoba Kelsey-Braide, Board chair, won the Community Champion Award handed out by Simcoe County. This honoured her leadership in helping newcomers feel welcome in our communities. Laura LaChapelle, Program Director, won the Inspire Award handed out by the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce. Both wins recognize the work we do in our communities to bring people together and inspire allyship. Making Change was also nominated for a Barrie Arts Awards – Resiliency in the Arts, hosted by the City of Barrie. 

Link to us in the news

Making Change With Growth

Making Change is recruiting additional board members with backgrounds in Education, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Corporate/Governance. We welcome all candidates who believe they can contribute to our vision.

Click here to apply

In our next quarterly watch for our new website coming this spring. Our website will not only have a brand new look, it will be easier to navigate, more mobile friendly and effortless to connect with the Making Change team.

Making Change is back for 2023 as Campaign Chair for #ITSTARTS. This public awareness initiative takes place over the month of March and asks us to share a message of diversity & inclusion. For more information about this annual campaign click on the link below.

Find out how “it starts” with you


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Barrie, ON L4N 7W8


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