Joanna Goode - executive director
Joanna began her career working for a number of Community Living organizations, managing programs that supported people to live, work, and play in their communities. In 2003, she left those organizations to work as an Independent Facilitator, in the hopes of working more closely with people and families as they identify and pursue their goals.
Beginning in 2010 and continuing to today, Joanna is the mentor, lead facilitator and Director of Facilitation Wellington Dufferin. In this role she guides new facilitators to gain experience and develop their skills in independent facilitation. Joanna does this by overseeing the formal and informal training of facilitators, provides mentoring support, and coordinates the Wellington Dufferin Facilitation Network. She knows that independent facilitation is not “one size fits all,” and that the process is different for each person. Her goal is to help people plan and work towards the life they want in their community. In her spare time, Joanna enjoys knitting, as well as being in the outdoors, spending time hiking and canoeing.
Jodee Jack - Lead Facilitator
When Jodee obtained her Nursing degree over 15 years ago, her goals were to help the people she cared for to be independent and strong during their healing process. However, she became motivated to share deeper and more meaningful relationships with people, so Jodee left her nursing career to work closely with people of differing abilities.
Jodee has been an enthusiastic part of Facilitation Wellington Dufferin since it began in 2010 and took on the role of full time facilitator in September of 2015. She cherishes the opportunities that this role provides to share life journeys, promote independence and learn unique ways to communicate.
As a facilitator, she seeks to create a space where communication can be completely understood, and encourages the people she supports to express themselves through art of all kinds. Her own creativity is expressed through repurposing furniture, lighting and knick-knacks to give them a new life.
In the spring of 2016, Jodee became Facilitation Wellington Dufferin’s Lead Facilitator, and now she shares her skill and experience through training and mentoring other facilitators.
Karenda Carpenter - Affiliate Facilitator
Karenda began her involvement in developmental services in 2007, working for Community Living Dufferin. She joined Facilitation Wellington Dufferin in its initial stage in 2010 and strives to guide, but not direct people, with person directed planning. Karenda desires that each person she works with will be appreciated for their uniqueness and individuality, that they will be provided the ability to make informed decisions about their lives, and that they will live with respect and dignity as an active member of their community.
Karenda is a lifelong learner, with a Social Sciences Degree from the University of Ottawa, a Developmental Services Worker Diploma from Humber College, and a start to a Post Graduate Certificate in Behavioural Science. Although her passion lies in the daily work she does, her strength and inspiration comes from her precious daughter Tamaya.
Paula Reynolds - Affiliate Facilitator
Paula has been working in the field of social services for more than twenty years. She obtained her degree from York University in 1986 and gained experience with various agencies including York South Association for Community Living, York Support Services, and others. She has been vital in programs that have transitioned people she has supported from agency programs into their communities for employment.
Paula joined the Facilitation Wellington Dufferin team in 2013. Her goals as a facilitator are to equip people and their loved ones with the right support and information to make their own life choices. Paula is in her element when she is advocating for the rights of people. When not involved in her role as a facilitator, Paula enjoys admiring wildlife at her cottage, and spending time with her spouse and two sons.
Leonard Tindall - Apprentice Facilitator
Leonard has been a one-on-one support worker for over nine years, and joined Facilitation Wellington Dufferin in 2012. Leonard views inclusion in the community as an incredibly important part of what people need to live a full and rewarding life. He loves being a part of the Facilitation Wellington Dufferin team, which aims to accomplish just that.
As an independent facilitator, Leonard seeks to support people as they find meaningful connections in their own community, and help them to remove barriers that may get in the way of those relationships. Leonard’s own community involvement includes being an active volunteer in Guelph at the University of Guelph campus and community radio station CFRU 93.3 FM, as well as with the Guelph Jazz Festival and the Kazoo! Music and Arts Festival.
Aviva Samson - Affiliate Facilitator
Aviva is an Independent Support Worker and Personal Trainer specializing in adapted fitness instruction. Aviva graduated with a degree in Kinesiology followed by a Masters in Public Health Promotion. In all aspects of her career she is working to promote health of all kinds – physical, social, emotional, mental, and spiritual.
She recently joined the Facilitation Wellington Dufferin team as an Apprentice Facilitator and is looking forward to this role with great enthusiasm and anticipation. She strives to listen to, and understand people’s positions, opinions and values, and works to empower people to live to their full potential. Preserving and building joy, independence and confidence drive Aviva to arise to challenges and to try new things!
Sylvia Paurys - Apprentice Facilitator
Sylvia has been providing support to individuals and families for almost 25 years in various roles. Sylvia is invigorated by seeing people become active contributing members of their community and developing deep lasting friendships.
In 2009 Sylvia began her own business founded on the ideology that the power for decision making must reside with the people whose lives are being impacted. Sylvia believes that all people have their own strengths and gifts to share with their communities.
Sylvia is a lifelong learner. She has graduated from the Social Service Worker program at Sheridan College, and recently completed her degree in Social Development Studies at the University of Waterloo. She is one course away from completing her post graduate diploma in Behavioural Science with Humber.
Candice Barrett - Apprentice Facilitator
Candice has been in Guelph since 2005 continuing her journey into studying expression as a therapeutic tool, through the lens of social advocacy. Candice works towards inclusion with people of all needs and all ages at home and in the community.
Candice appreciates the power of developing long lasting, authentic connections. She has learned and is influenced by Theatre of the Oppressed, attachment theory and neuropsychology.
Candice joined the Facilitation Wellington Dufferin team in the fall of 2017.
Chaitali Maybhate - Independent Facilitator
Chaitali is the most recent addition to our FWD team, but she is already an experienced facilitator who has worked with Bridges to Belonging Waterloo Region since 2014. Chaitali has a background in nutrition and has worked in community health programs in the USA, UK, and here in Canada. She looks forward to building new and stronger bonds with community members as a facilitator, and to helping people to define and achieve their goals.