The Ontario Independent Facilitation Network believes that Independent Facilitation is guided by the following Values and Principles:


We believe that values are deeply held beliefs and ideals about what is good and right. 
The following values provide the foundation for the work that independent facilitators do.

  • Belonging through a variety of relationships and memberships.
  • Contributing by discovering, developing and sharing gifts and investing energy in meaningful activities.
  • Sharing ordinary places and activities with other citizens, neighbours, friends, classmates and co-workers.
  • Being respected as a whole person whose history, capacities and future are worthy of attention and whose gifts lead to valued social roles.
  • Choosing what one wants in everyday situations and especially to dedicate oneself to contribute to one’s own community in ways that matter.


We believe that principles are the guidelines or signposts that make the values real and translate into action. The following principles act as a guide for the work that independent facilitators do.

  • Visioning – the person and those important to him or her describe his or her vision for the future in a plan. The goals are to anticipate life transitions and create a meaningful life in the community.
  • Strengths-based – builds on the strengths, gifts, abilities and interests of the person.
  • Person-driven – the person drives the planning process.
  • Sustainability – the planning process considers avenues that can be pursued over the long term, and enables the person and his or her family, through knowledge transfer, to continue to keep the plan alive/updated.
  • Accountability – there is ongoing review, evaluation, monitoring and modification of the person’s plan to support personal goal attainment.

Excerpted from Ministry of Community and Social Services Person-Directed Planning and Facilitation Guide, 2013
The PATH and MAPS Handbook: Person-Centered Ways to Build Community. Inclusion Press, Toronto. 2010. See p 17.
John O’Brien, Jack Pearpoint, and Lynda Kahn.
These ‘valued experiences’ were central to the keynote address of Jack Pearpoint and Lynda Kahn to the MCSS Person-Directed Planning Symposium,
March 23, 2010.
For more on these values and the original paper, see “What’s Worth Working For?” a monograph by John O’Brien, 1989, pp 19-23.