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OIFN is offering this online listing as a resource for people and families and/or loved ones, in the hopes of increasing visibility and accessibility of Independent Facilitation for people who want it. As Independent Facilitation is a non-regulated practice, and there is no universally recognized local, regional, or federal body that holds the liability or provides monitoring for independent facilitators, OIFN does not oversee, evaluate, or certify the work of independent facilitators or Independent Facilitation Organizations.
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Independent Facilitator Listings

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Carrie Leo
Address:
L8J 3Y8
City: Stoney Creek
Phone Number: 9059120610
Coverage Area: Halton, Hamilton, Niagara, Burlington, Halidmand
Are you currently available/accepting new requests for Independent Facilitation?: Yes
Facilitator Bio:

I have many years of teaching, advocacy and community building, working with the Hamilton Family Network, and then as Transition Coordinator with the HWCDSB. I traveled to Zambia to promote inclusion on behalf of the UN Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. I supported the design and set up CICE programs at Mohawk College and in consultation with Niagara College.
Receiving several awards and acknowledgments for my service. Civitan for Inclusion Award 2004, Emma Hardy International Inclusion Away 2005, MSA Teacher of the Year Award Mohawk College in 2015, and nominated for YWCA Woman of Distinction for Hamilton.
My Education and Training: I received a Developmental Service Work Diploma from St. Lawerence College and went onto to gain my Bachelor of Arts Degree with Ryerson University Disabilities Studies Honours Program. I recently completed a Bachelor of Education Degree with Brock University in Technology Leadership and completed a Bachelor of Education Degree with Brock University in Technology Leadership and am now pursuing my Master of Education in Educational Leadership with Yorkville University. I have received Graphic Facilitation, Circle of Support/ Personal Network Facilitation and Independent Facilitation Training.
Facilitation Experience: I have many years of advocacy and community building, working with the Hamilton Family Network, and then as Transition Coordinator with the HWCDSB. But most recently supported all students who graduate and their families in what’s next planning.
I have experience with all stages of transition planning, to school, from school, to community and to independent living. I look at a persons who life and where we can plan for a better future.

Fitsum Areguy
Address:
N2G3R1
Region:
City: Kitchener
Phone Number: —
Coverage Area: Waterloo Region
Facilitator Bio:

I support people from disability communities using a person-directed, individualized, community-first practice. Examples of goals I help people achieve include finding employment and volunteer opportunities, learning key life-skills, and participating in meaningful leisure activities. Disability justice and the social model of disability guide me in this work — I always look for ways to foster solidarity relationships and celebrate difference, not pathologize it.

Judith McGill
Address:
M6R 1M3
Region:
City: Toronto
Phone Number: 416-997-3311
Coverage Area: Currently serving the Greater Toronto Area.
Facilitator Bio:

Judith McGill has had extensive experience over the past 27 years as an independent facilitator supporting individuals with developmental disabilities within the context of their families to take the next step, whatever that might be and to live the life they have imagined. She has been the Executive Director of Families for a Secure Future, an Independent Facilitation organization, over the past 21 years.

Judith McGill uses her experience to inspire people to create a vision for change, shift their mindsets and reorient their priorities. Her courses engage facilitators, family members and individuals who have a developmental disability in a process of dialogue and discovery.

LifePath training focusses on a wide range of themes including: developing mindfulness on a day to day basis, the nature of story and narrative, planning in advance of death, conscious listening and speaking, LifePath formal planning process, getting a life and following one’s passions, the power of support circles; the art of interviewing and the importance of creating and nurturing valued social roles. Judith also develops courses uniquely suited to particular organizations and settings.

Judith has had extensive experience mentoring independent facilitators and families to help them deepen their understanding and application of themes brought forward in training and through job shadowing. Part of Judith’s work also includes teaching college and university courses on community development. She has a Masters in social policy and liberation movements and is interested in the nature of personal identity and systemic change.

She focusses her courses on bringing people together to so that they can make better sense of their work and their lives. Story and narrative is the most consistent thread that weaves itself through the many aspects of her work. She believes that by taking an authentic interest in one another we can transform ourselves.

Mirjam Schut
Address:
N5A 2M4
Region:
City: Stratford
Phone Number: 5192716565
Coverage Area: Perth County
Facilitator Bio:

Hello!
My name is Mirjam Schut and I’m the lead Independent Facilitator for Facile Perth.
I have many years of experience in facilitation and person directed planning. I worked as a social worker in The Netherlands until I moved to Canada in 2010.
My motto is: “Reach for the stars”. By reaching for the stars I have helped people to go after their dreams. I believe in looking at possibilities , looking at people’s strengths, passions and gifts. This is often new for people I work with, but one that has been proven to be successful.
I’m honoured to walk alongside someone’s journey, to explore what their dreams are, to follow their lead, and to see them grow and achieve their goals.
What can be more beautiful than helping someone live the life they want?
I’m a creative, resourceful and an out of the box thinker. I don’t give up and I look at the community as a first resource. Knocking on closed doors until they open, being an advocate for people and helping them to become their own advocate and see their confidence grow is a very rewarding part of my job.
Seeing someone flourish in their own home, in their job, volunteer or by having more relationships in their lives is what life is about and why I love this work.
In my 9 years of being a facilitator I have worked hard to build strong relationships in the communities I work and they have proven to be very helpful. I’m part of several committees including the Perth Respite Network. I meet monthly with other OIF leads and I am part of a smaller local facilitators network. I facilitate the Perth County Family Network.
Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or inquiries,
Mirjam

Tracey MacFarlane
Address:
L3Z0L8
Region:
City: Bradford
Phone Number: 289-231-6396
Coverage Area: South Simcoe, Georgina, York Region
Are you currently available/accepting new requests for Independent Facilitation?: Yes
Facilitator Bio:

Facilitation Experience: I have several years of hands-on action valued and measurable advocacy and leadership directed by the ongoing individualized visions and dreams of the people I assist, starting with meeting families and people with where they are currently at. Including community building and accountability while utilizing and incorporating valuable social role valorization efforts respecting a person’s dreams, visions and quests. As a Volunteer Director I have been very committed to developing and building the Bradford Family Support Network for Autism and Developmental DisaAbilities, over several years. As an Independent Facilitator I provide services including sustainable Circles of Support, supports for aging Caregivers desperately seeking help for their loved ones in future. As a municipal and provincial change-maker and elected advocate I have remained committed towards advocating for system change demanding and building resources and a ‘seat at the table’ for those individuals towards obtaining the benefits inherent in any given culture. As a member of a larger committed community of care I address food insecurities, financial control, valued employment roles, barrier free travel, access to continuing education, valued social roles, inclusivity, rights and protections for marginalized people living with neurodiversity often plagued with years of former institutionalization and segregation experiences. I am committed to helping our family members build a ‘good life’ in day to day living alongside all others.
Ongoing formal Mentorships, Training and Affiliations include but not limited to: Social Role Valorization mentorship, BCR Strategies for a Good Life in Community, Weaving the Ties That Bind Us, affiliations with YRLIF, P4P, OIFN, IFC of Ontario, Siblings Collaborative, Building a New Story Facilitation Leadership training with John Lord & Niki Stevenson, Circle of Supports ongoing mentorship, elected member of an Accessibility Committee, Family Facilitation, Adult Protective Services, ….