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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.
OIFN does not recommend or endorse any practitioners or entities claiming to offer Independent Facilitation, including those who are listed here. Each facilitator listed is responsible for their own practice, and OIFN cannot be held responsible for their actions. Furthermore, OIFN is not involved in any selection processes or in the negotiation of agreements between facilitators and people and families.
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Independent Facilitator Listings

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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

Address:
K9L 1X7
Region:
City: Peterborough
Phone Number: 7059174748
Website: 705-917-4748
Coverage Area: Ontario wide – anywhere the internet takes me
Facilitator Bio:

After navigating “the system” in Ontario for the last 16 years for my own family (3 children with exceptional needs), I am turning my focus outward to other families. I have always loved connecting people with resources & creating unique opportunities to meet the needs of my own family & others. With a background as a Medical Secretary, I have learned the buzz words that help people to focus on the outcome not just the needs.

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.

Megan MacDonald
Address:
N0B 2R0
Region:
City: Tavistock
Phone Number: 226-748-4302
Coverage Area: Based in Tavistock so Stratford to Kitchener/Waterloo to Woodstock. And other areas virtually.
Facilitator Bio:

I feel passionately about helping people achieve their goals. This might include trying something for the first time, learning something new, meeting new people, or striving for a milestone (such as a getting a specific job, finding a meaningful way to share a gift, or mastering a skill). I seek to help people participate and contribute in their communities, develop and enhance relationships, identify and share their gifts and practice self-determination. We all seek to find places and ways we can belong and make meaningful valued contributions.
I have experience with a variety of planning models and tools including HSA Person Centred Thinking Tools, MAPS, PATHS, Essential Lifestyle Planning, Building a New Story (A Facilitation Leadership Workshop), Personal Futures Planning, Asset Based Community Development (ABCD), Social Capital, and Social Role Valorization.
I have connections to Facile Perth and have done project work with Bridges to Belonging. I participate in several communities of practice (COP), including the OIFN CoP, the Waterloo Facilitators Network, and a new smaller group in Perth County.
I live near Tavistock Ontario and I provide planning and facilitation directly to individuals and their families. I also work with developmental service agencies to provide facilitation support to individuals and support individuals and teams with planning processes and documentation.

Megan MacDonald
Address:
N0B 2R0
Region:
City: Tavistock
Phone Number: 226-748-4302
Coverage Area: Based in Tavistock so Stratford to Kitchener/Waterloo to Woodstock. And other areas virtually.
Facilitator Bio:

I feel passionately about helping people achieve their goals. This might include trying something for the first time, learning something new, meeting new people, or striving for a milestone (such as a getting a specific job, finding a meaningful way to share a gift, or mastering a skill). I seek to help people participate and contribute in their communities, develop and enhance relationships, identify and share their gifts and practice self-determination. We all want to find places and ways we can belong and make meaningful valued contributions.

I have experience with a variety of planning models and tools including HSA Person Centred Thinking Tools, MAPS, PATHS, Essential Lifestyle Planning, Building a New Story (A Facilitation Leadership Workshop), Personal Futures Planning, Asset Based Community Development (ABCD), Social Capital, and Social Role Valorization.

I have connections to Facile Perth and have done project work with Bridges to Belonging. I participate in several communities of practice (COP), including the OIFN CoP, the Waterloo Facilitators Network, and a new smaller group in Perth County.

I live near Tavistock Ontario and I provide planning and facilitation directly to individuals and their families. I also work with developmental service agencies to provide facilitation support to individuals and support individuals and teams with planning processes and documentation.