August 2013- Vol. 9, ISS. 3      



Sunset on Summer 2013


As August winds down, let's get excited about the autumn months ahead! A new school year is about to begin and with that comes Camp Trailblazers! This year our goal is to support 120 children with facial differences to camp! With the support of some wonderful sponsors and jumpers we are very close to our target! Read some fabulous stories about people who made a difference this year!


With September comes National Facial Differences Awareness Month! You can help promote acceptance and belonging in your community too! It's easy! September 27th is 'blue' day! Wear something 'blue'; anything will do, like a scarf, shirt, jacket, hat, whatever you like! Take your picture and post it on your Facebook page!


In this issue...  



New Arrival:
Welcome Baby
Delilah Tye-Rivers

On June 6th, 2013 at 10:36 pm, we welcomed the newest member of our AboutFace family! Baby Delilah Tye-Rivers was born, weighting 7 lbs 6 oz. Mommy and baby are doing great!


Our congratulations to Emily and Wyatt! And to grandparents Judy and Alan Tye who have been long time ambassadors and supporters of AboutFace!

Emily is currently on maternity leave and will be returning to AboutFace in December 2013.

September is National Facial Differences Awareness Month

"You can help build awareness and acceptance in your community!" 


Across Canada, AboutFace families, friends, volunteers and healthcare clinics will be asked to do what they can to help raise awareness and acceptance.


This year's theme is "It's Okay to Talk About It". We encourage everyone to share their story.


Beginning September 1st, we'll be sharing stories and activities on our Facebook page, so be sure to click here and like our page.


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Best Year Ever for Leap of Faith
by Anna Pileggi
LOF 2013
This year the AboutFace 6th Annual Leap of Faith fundraising event soared to new heights! With a record breaking 63 jumpers in 5 cities across Canada, we raised just over $84,000!! read more>>

2013 Scholarship Winners

by Jessica Fitzpatrick
2013 Scholarship Winners
AboutFace is proud to announce the recipients of the 6th Annual AboutFace National Scholarship Awards are Miss. Braidy Mackay and Mr. Josh Grossgardt! Both young winners receive a $2,000 scholarship in recognition of their academic achievement and their dedication to community service with both AboutFace and other organizations within their communities. Congratulations!  read more>> 

Scotiabank Softball Tournament hits a HOME RUN for AboutFace! 

by Anna Pileggi

Scotia Softball

On July 20th, Scotiabank in the Hamilton-Wentworth area teamed up for a great day of baseball in support of AboutFace!


Event organizer, Ms. Dionne Reid sums it up beautifully!

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KISS Rocks TO for AboutFace!
by Anna Pileggi

Amanda & Colleen with KISS

Legendary rock band KISS came to Toronto in July and really gave AboutFace the spotlight!


As you may know, KISS front man Paul Stanley is the Celebrity Spokesperson for AboutFace.


With his participation KISS presented AboutFace with a $10,000 donation!

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The Right To Be Here And The Ability To Thrive 

by John Balogh
It is my belief that we all should be able to lead a fulfilling life that got me into coaching. After a few years of doing group coaching calls for AboutFace, and looking at my own life, I know that our own lack of belief in ourselves can get in the way of making that happen. As a person with a facial difference, there are times when society can seem hard and difficult to navigate. more>> 

AboutFace Director Laces Up for a 42km Run 

by Matt Milne-Smith
Mathew Milne Smith As someone who has lived for over 20 years with facial scarring, I know how important it is for people with facial differences to receive support, education and empowerment-especially children. 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