Are you ready to make shift happen?

Starting in again in September 2020

There will be many ways to participate in #CHANGETHENOW.  Your goal if you choose to accept it, engage and create your own region of Changemakers.


The #CHANGETHENOW movement by taking our Changemaker Pledge! You’ll receive monthly updates on contests and access to some exciting events!


Sign-Up for our Changemaker Challenge! As a team of students, faculty, staff, and community partners you can participate in our social hack to answer – How Might We Solve Social Isolation!

Join the next hack starting in September 2020


We are looking for experts in business, tech, engineering, social services, legal – you name it – who would like to help our teams pressure test and champion their ideas before presenting them to the community!


Just show up and have some fun! We have a lot of great events planned across the region and our Georgian Campuses to learn about Changemaking! We’d love to see you there.

Story Café

Changemaking starts when we let our voices be heard and our stories be told. Bring this interactive experience to your school, workplace or event and let your words build out Simcoe County into a Region of Change.

Follow + Share

It is as simple as following us on social media and sharing some of the incredible stuff that is happening. Even better – show us how you are changing our communities using #changethenow and we’ll share you!

Plan To Attend These Epic Events!

April 2020

Research, Innovation and Scholarship Day

“Georgian College

Come together as a community to celebrate and display our regional solutions to social isolation.


One who desires change in the world and by gathering knowledge and resources makes that change happen.

Got Questions?

What is the Changemaker Challenge?

The key activity of the #CHANGETHENOW movement is a social hack conceptualized as The Changemaker Challenge. The #CHANGETHENOW Changemaker Challenge is oriented toward students (K to postsecondary) faculty, teachers, staff and community partners so they might envision, create and enact activities and programs that will help tackle a wicked community problem and result in increased well-being across the region.

Who are the organizers?

#CHANGETHENOW is a partnership between Georgian College, the Simcoe Country District School Board, and Ashoka Canada.

Who do I contact for more information?

mail us at the Centre for Changemaking and Social Innovation at Georgian College and we will get you information you need or find the person that has it!

How do I get involved?

There are many ways to participate in the #CHANGETHENOW movement.

  • a) JOIN: by taking the Changemaker Pledge
  • b) SIGN-UP AND SHARE: Interested participants can sign-up to receive information about events or follow and share on social media.
  • c) ATTEND: Individuals can participate and attend any number of events hosted through the year including Story Cafes, the Un-conference and of course the #CHANGETHENOW Changemaker Challenge.
  • d) LEAD: #CTN Team leaders sign up to join the #CHANGETHENOW Changemaker Challenge to gain access to the 1) Changers Gonna Change It KitTM 2) associated support resources and; 3) events held throughout September to April, the duration of the Challenge.
Who can participate?

We are looking for community Changemakers! You could be a student from (K-12), a parent, a teacher, faculty, staff, community partner, community group - there is a role and place for everyone.

We need Changemaker Challenge Teams - this can consist of any combination of the above!

We need Changemaker Mentors and Experts - we are looking for community leaders that have knowledge and resources that can support our Changemaker Challenge Teams through October to April.

We need Changemaker Champions - we need people to spread to word, support, share and volunteer to talk about what is happening and share the love!

What happens in April 2021?

As a community we will come together with our ideas generated through the Changemaker Challenge and present our solutions at Research, Innovation and Scholarship Day at Georgian College in Barrie. This event is designed to celebrate creativity, innovation and new ways to make our communities and economies better places for all.