Thanks for visiting! My name is Christopher Lee. I am a Toronto-based facilitator with a passion for supporting people to co-create positive and sustainable change.
Working closely with individuals, organizations, and communities, I support them to help identify their gifts, tell their stories, and collaboratively take action to create a meaningful change. My approach rests on the principle that everyone has something to contribute.
Since 2005, I’ve worked in the disability and community development field and have held a variety of roles, including providing direct community and residential support, managing an independent living program, and developing and facilitating youth leadership programs for a non-profit organization. I’m currently in a stewarding role for the strategic direction of a provincial network of over 200 organizations aimed at supporting young social changemakers in Ontario.
I have an M.Ed., with a focus on disability and social policy, from the University of British Columbia and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of King’s College. My experience includes community based research projects focused on developing relationships, social enterprise projects which involved assisting people with disabilities to tell and publish their stories, and building leadership capacity of people who have been disenfranchised. In more recent years, I’ve led and supported teams to facilitate gatherings and engagement sessions from group sizes ranging from 5 to 100+ people.
As a facilitator, I work with a range of participatory group methods and frameworks, such as the PATH, Art of Hosting, World Cafe, Open Space, Deep Democracy, Non-Violent Communication and Design Thinking. These methods also inform my work in evaluation, program design and social innovation. What I value most amongst these approaches is their common emphasis on placing people at the centre of change, no matter how complex the challenge.
I’ve had the privilege of working with and learning directly from some inspiring community builders and teachers, including Judith Snow, Jack Pearpoint and Lynda Kahn, Julie Diamond, Chris Corrigan and Aaron Johannes.
I currently live in my hometown of Toronto with my family. In addition to co-coordinating a monthly series called Design With Dialogue, I enjoy helping out at my daughter’s school, playing Ultimate frisbee, cycling, making music, exploring the nooks and crannies of different neighbourhoods in Toronto, and trying new foods, especially those grown from our garden.