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...
May 13, 2016

Thank you to all who support AboutFace!

Christine and her scholarship
Christine and her scholarship

My name is Christine and I was  one of the 2010 AboutFace National Scholarship recipients. This scholarship gave me the chance to study at the University of Toronto, where I completed a double major in sociology and anthropology, as well as a minor in history. University was a wonderful experience! I enjoyed my classes and loved my professors. I joined numerous clubs and also got heavily involved in student life. Currently, I am taking a year off to relax but also to gain experience in the workforce, before deciding what I definitely want to pursue as a postgraduate. My ultimate dream career would involve working with kids in some capacity, more specifically as an elementary school teacher.

It is truly an honour to be a scholarship recipient of a special organization very close to my heart. I love what AboutFace stands for and am grateful for the programs and services they provide for the facial difference community. AboutFace presented me with opportunities to develop and build on necessary skills allowing me to grow as an individual; enabled me to gain confidence in myself and step outside my comfort zone; and last but not least, gave me a support network of friends whom I now call my second family. I love giving back to AboutFace in any way I can because this organization has done so much for me. If it were not for the love, support and encouragement I have received from the AboutFace community, I would not be who I am today. Thank you AboutFace and everybody who supports AboutFace for all that you have done for me and all that you continue to do!

May 12, 2016

"Camp Trailblazers Is My Favourite Place on Earth"

Alexandra and camp friends!
Alexandra and camp friends!

My name is Alexandra and I am 11 years old. Let me start by saying that I LOVE Camp Trailblazers. This will be my third year attending. It’s totally awesomely amazing because I make new friends, meet new people, and reconnect with old friends. In the past, I’ve been known to describe Camp Trailblazers as my favourite place on earth. This is true! In fact, I love Camp Trailblazers so much that I could live there all year. I actually don’t even mind not having wifi!

It all begins with the bus trip. It’s crazytown!! Wait, let me stop right there and leave it at that – some things are better left as a secret! One thing I can tell you is we’re all so excited that we can hardly contain ourselves on that bus. Once we are there, it gets even better because they feed us and there is so much to do. I can’t even begin to pick what my favourite activities are because I love them all. I do have a soft spot for art, swimming, and the discussion groups. We all get together in small groups and talk about our facial differences, about the surgeries we’ve been through, and other things. We talk about bullying and learning how to advocate for ourselves. It’s actually the best week of the year because we’re learning new ways to handle things that pop up in everyday life, and we learn we’re not the only ones with a facial difference.

The people at AboutFace have become like family. I love hanging out with my friends and it’s also so much fun hanging out with the counsellors like Amanda, Mel and Colleen. They’re funny, kind and treat us with a lot of respect. I can’t wait until I’m old enough to volunteer as a counselor at Camp Trailblazers.

Thank you to everyone that helps to make Camp Trailblazers happen every year from the bottom of my heart.

Alexandra and her family
Alexandra and her family
Mar 1, 2016

Honoured to Receive the AboutFace Scholarship

Braidy
Braidy

In 2013, I was honoured to be a recipient of the AboutFace Scholarship Award. Receiving this award not only lessened the financial burden of my post-secondary education, but also being recognized by an organization that has been such a huge part of my life meant more than words can say. I went to AboutFace’s Camp Trailblazers for five years, which allowed me to forget all about the struggles I was faced with in everyday life. Camp allowed me to be myself. The friendships I made are ones that I am certain will last forever!

I am currently finishing up my final semester at Brock University where I am enrolled in their Child and Youth Studies program, with a specific focus in psychological disorders. In the future I am looking forward to a career working with children and youth suffering with mental health disorders. I look forward to the possibility of volunteering with AboutFace in the future!

 

-Braidy M

 

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