"For the Concert of Life, No One Has a Programme" - Becky Thomson 
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our dear friends and long time volunteer and supporter of AboutFace, Ms. Becky Thomson. Becky was a dedicated advocate of AboutFace for over 25 years. She reached out for support during a difficult time in her life and in doing so, she found the courage and passion to help others.



Exciting changes are coming in 2014!


This year there will be changes coming to some of our core programs at AboutFace! 


Happy 10th Anniversary Camp Trailblazers!

One of the most exciting ones is the 10th Anniversary of Camp Trailblazers! We are celebrating this milestone by expanding and improving the program! Here is what you can expect this year:


Events and Fundraisers You Should Know About   
Private Dinner with Chef Jamie Kennedy 


March 30, 2014 / 5:30 pm /Gilead Wine Bar, Toronto

Tickets - $250 (includes cocktails, hor d'oeuvres, three course dinner and open bar 

AboutFace is hosting an intimate dinner prepared by Celebrity Chef Jamie Kennedy. Focusing on local, seasonal and sustainable gastronomy, Chef Jamie Kennedy will walk us through a symphony of flavours and tastes with his elegant menu. Join us to experience the confluence of Southern Ontario's bounty of food & wine.

Please Note: Reserve your place at our table! Space is limited.

CLICK HERE for tickets! 


Check out what we have been up to as well as what is happening in the future! 


Practice Shifting Our Perspective 
By John Balogh


Stories are great.  One of the most powerful things we can do is learn to tell our stories. I've noticed that in our AF community, telling stories about dealing with looking different is a key component of many people's repertoire. A question I like to ask when I coach is, what are we telling ourselves with our stories?  


Our stories can be something that helps empower us to take on new challenges or, they can trap us in a view of ourselves which holds us back. I think this is especially especially true when we tell ourselves stories about who we are in those stressful situations, like trying to meet a romantic partner.



The Best Trip That Almost Didn't Happen 

By Evelina Leppanen


For me, the AboutFace Leadership & Life Skills Retreat was the best trip that almost didn't happen. A few days before my flight from Vancouver to Toronto, I came pretty close to cancelling my trip. I felt nervous about flying on my own for the first time and meeting people I didn't know. I was self-conscious and worried that the people at the conference would judge me  for my facial difference.






Armouring & Facial Difference: Moving Beyond Psychology

By Victoria Pileggi


The impact of facial difference on the lives of individuals is a topic studied widely within the discipline of psychology over the last fifty years. Among the most commonly cited results are the experience of self-doubt, low self-esteem, poor self-confidence, unfavourable body image, and negative self-images in children and youth with facial differences...


I Have Seen The Benefits of AboutFace First Hand  
By Dr. Kathy Russell 


I first became aware of AboutFace during my residency and specialty program in Orthodontics at SickKids Hospital in Toronto. When I returned to the IWK Health Center in Halifax as Chair of the Cleft Palate Team, I contacted AboutFace to get information and resources to share with our Cleft Team and patients. Since then, I have developed a wonderful relationship with AboutFace as an ongoing representative in Atlantic Canada and also serving on the Board of Directors for three years. 


Share Your Story Here!
Do you or someone you know have an inspirational story you would like to share with others? Share it with AboutFace and it could be published in our eNewsletter or AboutFace Magazine! Send your story to info@aboutface.ca or share it on our website www.aboutface.ca.
Can you fill in the missing pieces?

I am a 2nd year Trainee Counselling Psychologist undertaking a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of the West of England (UWE) and I am currently conducting research into the development of self-identity in adults living with Facial Palsy (present from birth). I too also have a Facial Palsy (Moebius Syndrome).   

I am looking to recruit people aged between 20 and 39 years old with a facial palsy present from birth to interview about their experiences, particularly when growing up. 

Interviews can be conducted via Skype. UK and international participants are welcome.

For further information, please contact the Researcher, Laura Davies at lauradav@gmail.com.

Female participants needed for research study on facial difference and the mother-daughter relationship.


My name is Victoria Pileggi and I am a second year Master's student at the University of Guelph in the Family Relationships and Human Development program. As part of my studies, I am conducting a research study under the supervision of Dr. Carla Rice. The proposed project, My Mother, My Daughter, My Self: Mother-Daughter Relationships and the Influence of Facial Differences, looks to fill in some of the gaps in the existing literature on facial difference, and looks to present an alternative means of understanding facial difference. Specifically, the project aims to explore the mother-daughter relationship when the daughter is living with a facial difference, a topic that remains previously unaddressed.



"A facial difference is what I have, it's not who I am."
Find out what this means from those affected by facial difference.
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