AboutFace

Our Mission is to promote and enhance positive mental and emotional well being of individuals with facial differences and their families through peer and social support, resources, educational programs, and public awareness. Our Vision is to empower individuals with facial differences to find the confidence and courage to live life to the fullest. Our Organizational Values Include: Encourage Knowing you are not alone is the first step in embracing this journey. AboutFace offers support and encouragement through support groups, online and one-to-one peer networking opportunities, when people with facial differences and their families need it most. Empower Building on strength and characte...
Jul 23, 2015

AboutFace Scholarship 2015

A special moment from one of our scholarship winners:

Hayley & KISS

So thanks to the amazing AboutFace team, my dream came true last night and I finally met KISS. A dream of mine has always been to meet Paul Stanley (frontman, the Starchild of KISS). Paul is a spokesperson for AboutFace, an amazing organization for those with facial differences. I have been attending their events for the past few years and I have met some of the most amazing people. Paul and I have the same ear microtia, except I have bilateral (both ears have the microtia), while Paul has unilateral (only one of his ears has the microtia). We also have the same unilateral jaw deformity. Therefore, Paul Stanley and I are twinning with our facial differences! We're pretty cool! and when I met Paul, I showed him my ears, and he said "hey! They're just like mine!" And showed me his :') and I got a hug. It was pretty much the coolest day of my life.

- Hayley 

May 26, 2015

Camp Trailblazers: A Life-Changing Gift

Having a facial difference can be a very lonely and overwhelming experience. Many children who have facial differences experience staring, taunting and bullying on a daily basis, and in turn often struggle with loneliness and depression. 

Today, you can help provide a life-changing experience to a child living with a facial difference - send them to Camp Trailblazers and take them from exclusion to inclusion. You can help provide this life changing experience for 12 children from Saskatchewan by enabling them to attend Camp Trailblazers in Manitoba this September. Because of where they live, there are no programs like this near them, and often not a lot of support nearby.

Some of these children have never met anyone else with a facial difference and often feel alone and isolated in their communities. It is so important for them to know that they are not alone in their journey with a facial difference. 

100% of your donation will go towards covering all costs including air travel to our camp in Manitoba, food, accommodations, programming and lots of fun. 

You will make a difference to these 12 children. At Camp Trailblazers, they get to explore and discover their abilities, interests and challenges in a supportive environment. A circle of friends will allow them to safely open up and share some of their most painful experiences of living with a facial difference. It will empower them, build resilience and allow them to embrace their difference. Camp Trailblazers will change their lives.

"She ran off the bus straight towards me, and with not even a hello she blurted out, "Can I go next year???" All the way home, I got to hear her delightful experiences at camp.  She was truly amazed that there were others with cleft lip and palate – even though we go to the hospital clinic, she has never met anyone else like her. She wears her Camp Trailblazers t-shirt at least 3 days of the week. She even did a project at school on Camp Trailblazers. When I look at the pictures that have been posted of camp, she looks a bit quiet and reserved, but she insists that she had the best time ever! I have started a scrapbook of her experiences at Camp Trailblazers, so she can look back on her memories in the years to come. Thank you Camp Trailblazers and AboutFace for being there for her and all the other children!" - Camper's mom

Apr 21, 2015

"Believe me, no one is alone."

Ruaridh
Ruaridh

I have always been a bit of a different person. When I was in Elementary school, my family lived in a small town in Saskatchewan. When other kids were going to hockey practice I was going to theatre class. When other kids were watching TSN, I was practicing violin. The biggest difference between my school acquaintances and I was the fact that I was born with a cleft lip and palate. From about grade two to grade seven I was bullied continuously because of my slight facial difference. There are two things that got me through that time in my life: theatre, and the access I had to AboutFace. Both of these things gave me the message that I was not alone. When I was born my mom became a member of AboutFace. The access to newsletters and the website gave me hop. All of the inspiring stories and exposure to the lives of other kids with facial differences showed me that there were many people out in the world who looked like I do. The information was also a huge inspiration for me when I was in and out of the hospital for surgeries, and I know it helped my parents get through it too.

Later on in my elementary school life when the bullying had reached a peak, my mom gave a presentation to my entire class about facial differences and why it was not acceptable to make fun of somebody because of it. AboutFace was a big inspiration to her and she used several of the newsletters and materials from the website to present to the class. After she did that, my entire school life changed dramatically. The education that my classmates got was invaluable and made my school life a lot easier. I don’t know where I would be without that presentation.

Theatre, the other lifesaver, has had a profound effect on me. Performing in the theatre has been a difficult, taxing, satisfying endeavor. I love performing but it took me a long time to get over my fear of having people see my cleft lip and palate on stage. When I finally got over it, it was very liberating. I perform all over the city now in improve shows, musicals, and plays. Theatre has taught me to face my fears and has given me some of the best experiences of my life. Recently I began teaching it through the Conservatory of Performing Arts in Regina. This opportunity has let me give other kids the same freedom I had to get up in front of people and who them who you are. My favourite moment was having two kids who had been in and out of the foster system perform a rap, which they had written about their experiences in life. One of them described that it was “so cool” to be able to express their frustrations and hopes through art. I totally connected with how they felt.

Next year I plan to begin a theatre career by taking fine arts classes at the University of Regina. I could not be more excited. I would not be embarking on this career if it hadn’t have been for the confidence and support that AboutFace has given me over the years. Stephen Sondheim wrote: “Believe me, no one is alone.” AboutFace has shown me that is true.

Written by: Ruaridh

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