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.
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,
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