Our Stories blog helps illuminate the scope of work of Independent Facilitation.
Stories let us see people as they are, unique, like every other citizen.

After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world. ~ Philip Pullman

Following What You Love

Michael Nedolin, from a mid-sized eastern Ontario community, illuminates the universal quest for community and belonging. Michael shares his journey of exploring and connecting his passions with opportunities that his facilitator unearthed in his community.

Michael, at age 24, tells of his experience of building connections and relationships that started with his passion for tropical plants, animals, and Spanish music. His facilitator Emily began imagining local opportunities where Michael’s strengths would be valued and his passions supported. Emily succeeded in making ...

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“Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place”

Marty West, 38, living in a small rural Ontario community, shares his path of self-determination in creating significant changes in his life. Marty’s journey has taken him from living in a nursing home to living independently in a supportive community.

It was early June 2015 when Diane, an independent facilitator from Facile met Marty at the Nursing Home. Marty shared that he was on every possible waiting list for group living in the region. Diane asked the question, “What are you ...

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Sisters Who Are Home For Each Other

Danielle, Emily and Connie Snider, three adult sisters living in a mid-size urban Ontario community, share their path of transition in creating a successful move to living independently together in an apartment in the same neighborhood as their parents. This is a journey about three siblings and their parents, which began two years ago and expanded to extended family and friends during the last 6 months prior to their May 2016 move. Independent Facilitation was paramount in this transition process.

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I see the road ahead accepting it, receiving it, loving it and rejoicing in it.

“I See The Road Ahead”

J.J. Legare, 40, lives in a mid-sized urban eastern Ontario community with his father. Together, J.J., his father George, and his independent facilitator, Helene share their experience of hope, fear, courage, acceptance, and joy on their journey of deepening their sense of community belonging, increasing confidence, and growing new beginnings, interests and independence.

When JJ and George met their independent facilitator, Helene, their first meeting was with their Service Coordination Case Manager that the family had been working with since the ...

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Time To Find Strength In Each Other

Isaac Esperanza, 21, lives in a small rural Ontario community withhis family. Together with his parents, Angel and Marie, and his independent facilitator, Belinda, they share the experience of renewed hope and building new community life with enhanced connections, increased confidence, and expanded interests.

The Esperanza family expressed their hope of growing more shared family interests and activities while enriching enjoyment and connections with one another and the community. Building a new connection and collaborative relationship with their facilitator Belinda helped ...

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Expanding What We Can See

This is a story of empowerment and growth. Maddy Korpikoski and her parents live in South Bruce Peninsula. Through their involvement with independent facilitation Maddy has been able to gain support in achieving her life goals more than ever before and her family has been provided with information and guidance to break through daunting challenges.

The journey began with Maddy and her mother meeting Belinda Deenik and learning more about the independent facilitation process. At the time, Maddy was working at ...

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Road To Relationships

Adam, 27, lives independently in a small rural Ontario community in an apartment building with thirty other people, “a community within a community.” Adam became part of this community in 2015 when he was asked if he would consider social housing. Adam’s parents and one brother also live nearby. Together with the support of his family and Jodee, his independent facilitator, Adam shares his journey of building more authentic relationships and increasing his community participation.

Adam’s openness to trying independent facilitation ...

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