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#ITSTARTS with Diversity Ambassador Training

Midhurst/January 27, 2023 – In anticipation of #ITSTARTS month in March, the Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership (SCLIP) is advancing awareness through Diversity Ambassador Training sessions throughout our region. Sign up for free and take part in virtual or in-person education sessions and receive valuable tools that support with leading diversity awareness in the workplace and throughout our communities.

In addition to introductory 1.0 Diversity Ambassador Training, this year, SCLIP is pleased to offer 2.0 sessions for community members who have previously attended ambassador trainings and wish to deepen their learning. All our sessions are facilitated by the Simcoe County District School Board. Registration is limited. Click on one of the sessions listed below to sign up today.

Introductory 1.0 training sessions are available online:

​Introductory 1.0 in-person sessions are also available:

In-person 2.0 sessions for community members who have completed 1.0 training are available:

The Diversity Ambassador sessions will also provide an overview of the #ITSTARTS social media campaign running throughout March. #ITSTARTS aims to raise awareness about multiculturalism and reduce racism and discrimination in our communities. The social movement encourages Simcoe County residents to complete an #ITSTARTS card and share a photo or video through social media using the hashtag #ITSTARTS. Residents are also asked to tag @simcoecounty (Twitter), @CountyofSimcoe (Facebook) and @CountyofSimcoe (Instagram) in their messages.

The initiative, in its seventh year, is supported by the Local Immigration Partnership including the Barrie Chamber of Commerce, Barrie Persian Association, Barrie Police Services, Barrie Public Library, Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County, Catulpa Community Services, City of Barrie, CLASS, College Boreal, E3, Ethnic Mosaic Alliance, Georgian College, Lakehead University, Making Change, Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia Public Library, Simcoe County District School Board, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, South Simcoe Police, Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury and the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka.

#ITSTARTS cards, in multiple languages can be downloaded through , which hosts resources, tips, and tools on taking safe and purposeful action against racism and discrimination. Videos and photos throughout the month will be shared and promoted through the County’s website and social media channels.

About the County of Simcoe

County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at

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Chris Hedley
Public Relations Consultant
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department​
705-715-7654 (mobile)

Collin Matanowitsch
Manager, Public Relations
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department
705-734-8386 (mobile)