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Debbie Sexsmith is an accomplished consultant and the fifth generation to grow organic fruits and vegetables on her family’s farm. At Sexsmith Farm, they sponsor drum making workshops and an eco-literacy partnership with the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre called Eco-Circles.
Debbie returned with a degree in Psychology from York University and combines that with the knowledge and experience from more than 20 years of service to grass-root community development initiatives. Her facilitation methods, communication skills, and participatory approaches have been influenced by mentors of the Technology of Participation (ICA) and Open Space Technology (Genuine Contact).
Debbie also began her own business as an Organizational Development Consultant. She continues to demonstrate quality research, assessment and analytical abilities with projects that have included multi-year action research projects and program evaluations for Health Canada, Transitional Shelters and School Boards. Her flexibility and approach has been proven to create positive, sustainable change for individuals, partnerships and organizations.
In 2009, Debbie graduated and was certified in Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning. She feels that she has found her path, in partnership with the horses and in connection to her identity as a farmer. One of Deb’s favorite quotes is “The purpose of the horse is to embody the wings a person feels within her”. She also believes that the horses, as equal partners, assist the facilitator by modeling congruent messages and behaviour, co-creative and consensual leadership, appropriate boundaries, experiencing emotional messages as information and forever reminding their human students to live consciously in the present moment. The horses have been among her greatest teachers and remind her to listen.