June 2011 - Vol. 8, ISS. 2


Greetings! It's June and although the weather's indecisive behaviour continues it's time for the Spring Newsletter here at AboutFace!


Since our inception 25 years ago, volunteers have been a pillar of our success. In this issue, we honour those who have given so much.  


At our UnMasked Event in March, we recognized two individuals with 2011 Betty Bednar Community Service Award and Dr. Richard Ten Cate Professional Service Award: Ms. Amanda Lizon and Dr. John O'Keefe for their dedication to AboutFace, respectively.


Keeping in the spirit of honouring our Volunteers, we decided to ask our members about their volunteer successes outside of AboutFace. Greg Markham had the unique opportunity to take part in "Global Prospectives" a program where he travelled to South Africa. Find out about his journey and what it entailed.

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Success Stories: Greg Markham "A different prospective"

by Will Archer, AboutFace Journalist

Greg Markham
Greg Markham, AboutFace Member
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Awards & Recognition

by  Will Archer, AboutFace Journalist
Anna Pileggi and John O'Keefe 2011
Anna Pileggi and John O'Keefe 2011

AboutFace appreciates professionals working in the field of facial differences who have embraced our mission and made it their own. Professionals from any discipline dealing with facial differences who have worked to nurture, promote and raise awareness of AboutFace, its programs and services.  read more

An Image of Confidence

by David Lewis, CEO of Ezra Lewis Company


Ezra Lewis
In the broadest of definitions, self-confidence (self image, self esteem) refers to a feeling or consciousness of our powers and abilities. It is our inner belief that we are capable of accomplishing whatever action or task we embark upon. It is the ability to feel good about ourselves and to accept our limitations, but, with a healthy desire
to improve on areas of weakness. read more  

My First Scar

by Michael Bungay Stanier, founder and Senior Partner of Box of Crayons


Michael Bungay Stanier
Michael Bungay Stanier


I got my first scars before I was a week old.

I was born with a cleft lip and palate, something I inherited from my Dad.

In my first couple of years I had various operations that sewed together the top of the inside of my mouth (it's not smooth like yours, but has crevasse in it) and also my top lip. One of my two brothers has a cleft lip... read more

We hope you have enjoyed this E-newsletter! If you have a story to share or would like us to cover a topic or issue of interest, send us an email.
Thank you for your ongoing support and interest in AboutFace.
Anna Pileggi
Executive Director
"The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention"