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About Us

For more than 30 years, AboutFace has been supporting the facial difference community in Canada.

Our mission is to promote and enhance the emotional and mental well-being of individuals with facial differences and their families through social and peer support, information, educational programs, and public awareness.

Living with a facial difference is something you can’t hide; it can often create barriers to communication, socialization, education, employment, and aspirations. Affected individuals often face public ridicule, bullying, staring, humiliation, peer rejection, and social isolation. Unsupported, these actions can affect the social, mental, and emotional health and well-being of a person.

AboutFace is the only charity in Canada offering support to individuals of every age, with any type facial difference.

Our programs and services aim to encourage and empower the facial difference community, families, friends, and allies while providing educational resources and public awareness campaigns.

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Our work focuses on three core values:

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EMPOWERMENT

Building on strength and character helps develop our sense of purpose.

By offering programs and services like youth camps, adult workshops and retreats, we help people with facial differences gain self-confidence, learn essential life, social and leadership skills, and experience personal enrichment and a sense of empowerment by being connected to a valuable and relatable community.

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ENCOURAGEMENT

Knowing you are not alone is the first step in embracing the journey. AboutFace offers support and encouragement through discussion groups, peer support, and networking opportunities.

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EDUCATION

Education is critical to nurturing understanding and acceptance. We believe the most effective way to promote inclusion and diversity is through early education in the school community, in the workplace, on the internet, and in the media.