April 2012 - Vol. 10, ISS. 2



Spring is in the air!


 Everybody celebrates the first signs of Spring; flowers beginning to bloom, mild weather and shedding some layers of clothing! In this issue we would like to celebrate something very important to us - our volunteers. April 15th-21st is National Volunteer Week in Canada so we would like to extend a special "thank you" to all of our wonderful AboutFace volunteers who dedicate their time to helping us. Whether it is volunteering as Camp counsellors, holding your own fundraisers for AboutFace, or working in the board room of the office sorting and stuffing papers - we appreciate you and everything you do for us!

Also in this issue, check out our Upcoming Events section for info on our new Family Camp taking place in May and our 5th Annual Leap of Faith Event, taking place in June. Also check out our Announcements and Resources sections for some other valuable information! 



In this issue...

Upcoming Events



The Importance of Volunteering

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  Volunteers are one of the most important assets a not for profit organization can have. They are the people who generously dedicate their spare time to a cause they are passionate about and in turn, give back to their community and help enrich the lives of many people. But being a volunteer does not only affect the lives of the people you are helping, it also ends up enriching your own life as well, by developing life long friendships, learning new skills, gaining valuable experience for the future, as well as giving  read moreĽ
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A Little Love Can Go a Long Way

by Melissa Tumblin-AboutFace volunteer and founder of Ear Community and the Microtia and Atresia Support Group


I remember the day when my youngest daughter Alyssa (Ally) was born. It was one of the happiest moments in my life. My husband, Brent, and I were so thrilled to finally meet her and welcome Ally into our world. I remember her little smile and how beautiful she was, but I also remember Brent coming over to me with tears welled up in his eyes when he said "Something is wrong with her ear." Ally's right ear was only partially formed. Immediately, I began blaming more>>

Feature Volunteer - Cindy Bonneteau
by Emily Tye


Cindy Bonneteau is one of those volunteers an organization dreams about. She is dedicated to the cause, and always happy to lend a hand. Over the past few years she has been instrumental in creating an active AboutFace community in Manitoba and continues to spread the word about our wonderful organization whenever she can. Cindy became involved more>>
Feature Volunteer - John Balogh
by John Balogh


It was an 11-year-old boy from Vietnam who helped me to discover AboutFace. I was watching the CBC news when I saw Son Phenh, and his sponsors struggling to get him treatment for a significant vascular deformity. I got involved in Son's hunt for treatment, but more importantly for me, it was really the first time more>>

Kathy Hay - Taking a "Leap of Faith"

by Kathy Hay (Intro by Emily Tye) 


kathy hayOn June 23rd, one of AboutFace's wonderful members will be sitting back and watching people skydive, knowing that she has made a difference in a child's life. Kathy Hay is fundraising for the 5th Annual Leap of Faith Event, an event to raise awareness and funds for Camp Trailblazers - a camp for kids with facial differences, which takes place in 8 locations across Canada. It is a cause so close to Kathy's heart, she decided to raise as much as she can for it, in hopes that she will provide children today with an experience that she was never able to have growing up. Read Kathy's amazing story HERE.


REGISTER or DONATE NOW to Leap of Faith in support of Camp Trailblazers!!


Check out our "Upcoming Events" section for more information on Leap of Faith as well as other AboutFace events.


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

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world"
Harriot Tubman