Board of Directors
Michele Newton founder and director Maki

Michèle Newton

President/Acting Chair - Making Change | Speaker | Panellist


Michèle Newton is guided by her “better together” philosophy - growing relationships, nurturing collaborations and facilitating partnerships, especially those with a shared focus on strengthening our community. As a community changemaker, she created Our Mosaic Lives - a passion project exploring diversity and inclusion, launched Community Conversations – a live D&I interview series, and co-founded Making Change.


Michèle writes and contributes a monthly Diversity and Inclusion column featured across’s seven publications.  She is an OVOV Black Community Advisory Committee member with Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions.  Michèle is a Director with Konvo Media, a black-owned public relations agency, and is a Mentor with the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre. She was recognized in 2020 as one of 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women for her community work focused on Black Canadian Women, diversity and inclusion

Shelly Skinner founder and director of M

Shelly Skinner

Director/Secretary - Making Change | Speaker | Panellist


Shelly Skinner, is a community changemaker and  an event planner entrepreneur, with a focus on not-for-profit community fundraising and development. Shelly co-founded Making Change, and founded UPlift BLACK, two non-profit organizations. A member of the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie Women’s Advocacy Council, she has also fundraised and planned events for both the shelter and Redwood Park Communities. Shelly has spoken at numerous BLM and other rallies and conferences across Simcoe County and the GTA.


Shelly is a board member with Ethnic Mosaic Alliance and was formerly Vice President of the Board with Barrie Pride. Recognized with the Heart & Soul Award 2020 from the Barrie Chamber of Commerce for improving her community and the lives of women, children and marginalized groups, Shelly also received the Leading Women, Leading Girls Building Communities Award 2018. On International Women's Day 2019, Barrie360 named Shelly "1 of 8 Notable Women Who Have Made an Impact In Our Community".

Stephanie Gourlie

Director - Making Change | Speaker | Panellist


Stephanie Gourlie is recognized as a strategic, creative and integrated thinker with over 15 years of experience in Human Resource Management, Sales and Marketing Relations and Creative Ideation & Productivity.  As a results-driven business lead, Stephanie has led multidisciplinary teams in the development of strategic change and organizational transformation across a range of teams, partners and clients. Stephanie has a passion for developing her successful and expanding businesses Discount Granite Plus & The Tile, Flooring & Design Co.. She continues to be involved in community organizations and initiatives working to see diversity and inclusion efforts continue to be incorporated into businesses and institutions across the county and beyond.


Stephanie was elected to sit on the Board of Directors for the Barrie Chamber of Commerce. She is an active member of Women in Construction, Young Leaders In Construction and volunteers with the Women & Children’s Shelter.  Stephanie organized the Making Change Voices of Black Women in Business Panel in 2020, and has joined the organization as a Director.

Board Recruitment

Updates will be posted here when Making Change is recruiting additional board members. 

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