FunDza’s strategy workshop on Saturday 9 April would not have provided us with the purposeful and considered conversations we had without your intervention. Thank you for holding the space for us to talk and share, and for allowing everyone in the group to have a strong voice and to feel safe enough to open up.
I greatly appreciate the way you brought creativity and fun into the workshop environment. You were able – with humour and compassion – to help us to navigate outside of this in terms of our thinking and conversations. The exercises were particularly helpful in levelling the playing field of hierarchies and histories, and in allowing us to play a little bit and get in touch with our creative selves. This definitely opened us up to broadening the way we were able to imagine where we may want to be in five or 10 years time.
Thank you too for thinking of exercises that would be particularly relevant to us as an organisation. Ending with the creation of the poems was inspired and certainly made us realise how – out of messy chaos and the private thoughts of individuals – we were able to collaborate together to create beauty and meaning.
This comes with much appreciation from all at FunDza
Mignon Hardie, Executive Director and Trustee, FunDza
Zimkhitha Mlanzeli, Fanz Editor, FunDza
I loved it. Absolutely love it. It wasn’t as threatening as I thought it would be (strategy meetings always are, especially if you arrive late). Gill was amazing and in control of the space; that made me feel comfortable to speak my thoughts.
Andrew Weeks, Former Trustee, FunDza
I thought Gill had a light but deft touch, which is what skilful facilitation needs (in my book). Everyone seemed very at ease.
Stefanie Viljoen, Health and Safety Legal Specialist
My subject matter [health and safety law] is very interesting [to me] but I have to admit that most people find it quite boring… sometimes even sleeping boring. In Gillian’s workshop I learned that it does not need to be sleepy boring.
Mimi Pienaar, Head Practice Management, Masthead
Thank you very much for the series of facilitation workshops you facilitated during the month of August 2015. The kick-off was designing a workshop in a way that supports facilitation and adult learning rather than our typical
Gabriella Garnett, Human Resources Practitioner
Gill is a natural and gifted facilitator and her course on workshop design was invaluable to me. Even though I have had training design and facilitation experience, Gill’s course helped me realise to a new level just how powerful
Ruth Cornick, Head, Development Team, Knowledge Translation Unit of the University of Cape Town Lung Institute
I worked with Gill for 10 years developing what has grown to be an exciting health systems project that is changing the face of primary care. Her compassion, dedication, sense of humour and facilitation skills enriched
Christy-Joy Ras, Master Trainer
I attended a course Gill ran on designing adult learning, and it was very enlightening and empowering both professionally and personally. Gill is a very skilled facilitator with life experience that bolsters her training with