Common Threads Conference: Changing Stories...Stories Of Change

Changing Stories...Stories of Change

November 16-17, 2016

Holiday Inn
Toronto International Airport
Conference Centre

Independent Facilitation is an ongoing relationship designed to support CHANGE in the lives of people with developmental disabilities. Facilitators assist people and their families in creating change that works for them.

Common Threads:

Gathering to learn and share about the impact that Facilitation can have on:

Creating CHANGE …how can Independent Facilitation support the changes that people want to see, and need?

CUSTOMIZING Support…how can Independent Facilitation make it possible for people to customize the support they need?

CONTROL…how can Independent Facilitation strengthen the capacity of people to control and direct their lives, and their support?

COMMUNITY INCLUSION and CITIZENSHIP…how can Independent Facilitation foster connections and relationships that make it possible for people to be included and participate as valued contributing community members and citizens?

The Conference is for:

  • people with developmental disabilities;
  • their families;
  • Independent Facilitators (and those who would like to explore this work);
  • service agencies interested in people directing their own lives;
  • DSO Workers;
  • and Developmental Services Administration.

Common Threads is an opportunity to be inspired by the commitment, practice and stories of people working to create the world they want to live in.

Keynote Presenters:

Lucinda Hage and Paul Tiller:
For 40 years, Lucinda has been encouraging others to achieve their potential through her roles as educator, counsellor, motivational speaker, workshop leader, advocate, and mother. Over the last twenty-eight years, her inspiration and challenge to work for inclusion, has been her son, Paul, who was born with a genetic disorder, Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. She founded Heads Up for Inclusion and the Amigos program to change attitudes in high schools toward students with disabilities, through relationships. She has earned numerous awards for her community activism in Peterborough where she lives. Her son Paul remains a continual source of inspiration for what is possible.

Paul is a young man with many passions and interests. One of the things he loves most is living in his own apartment and taking the bus to his job at the Holiday Inn, to the Wellness Center and to his work placement at Long and McQuade. Along the way he’s been known to stop at Tim’s for the odd iced cap!

Lucinda is the author of:
“What Time Is the 9:20 Bus?
A Journey to A Meaningful Life, Disability and All”

Al Etmanski:
Al is a community organizer, social entrepreneur and author. He is a founding partner of Social Innovation Generation (SiG) and BC Partners for Social Impact. Al’s roots are firmly anchored in the disability movement thanks to daughter Liz. He is co-founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) he proposed and led the campaign to establish the world’s only disability savings plan – the RDSP. Al is an Ashoka fellow, and a faculty member of John McKnight’s Asset Based Community Development Institute (ABCD). He was recently awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia.

Most recently Al authored:
“Impact: Six Patterns To Spread Your Social Innovation”