As an Adult educator and social innovator, Judith has been writing and speaking about leisure and community building for over thirty years within the disability movement. Her provocative style and inspirational ideas have helped transform the lives of many of the people she has come into contact with. She has a marvelous capacity for helping people discover what really matters in their life and muster the courage to go after it. She is an author and has consulted with individuals, families and professionals throughout Canada, the United States as well as Australia.
She worked nationally for five years at The G. Allan Roeher Institute and provincially with People First of Ontario, a self-advocacy organization for over 8 years. She is currently the Executive Director and co-founder of Families for a Secure Future that has been in existence for 20 years. This is a multi-region, Independent Facilitation and Planning organization, serving persons who have a developmental disability and their families, to facilitate change and re-imagine their lives. She offers mentoring and coaching conversations with a biographical and narrative focus to parents and people working in the field.
Judith McGill is also a practicing Death Midwife and Educator in Toronto and the GTA. She is the founder of Dragonfly Collective for Death Midwifery. She is also co-founder of Community Deathcare Ontario and was a founding Core Group Member of Community Deathcare Canada.
She has a Masters degree in Social Policy and Environmental Studies from York University. She has a Certificate in Mindfulness from University of Toronto. She has extensive training and experience as a Theatre of the Oppressed Practitioner working with groups to discover their relationship to power and oppression through theatre. She has studied over 20 years with Robert Sardello, in the School of Spiritual Psychology. She has two certificates in Trauma Counselling and many related courses. She has studied extensively in narrative approaches and puts these insights into practice daily. She has written several books about the nature of leisure and community building and is currently writing books about the nature of support circles as a relational safeguard in people’s lives and conversational interviewing.
Judith holds an Honours degree in Leisure Studies with a business minor from the University of Waterloo and earned a master’s degree in Environmental Studies from York University.