Community is at the centre of our work.
We have spent the last couple of months listening and working with facial difference community families across Canada. These conversations have allowed us to reflect on our summer programming. We’ve heard many ongoing concerns around the pandemic and camp, and a hesitancy for in-person programming. All valid concerns as our programs take place on a national scale, the frequent changes and diversity of public health policy add to the uncertainty for kids and families. Most importantly for AboutFace, our staff, and our volunteers, we want to meet and work with community kids and families where they are at, and where they feel the most comfortable.
Based on these consultations, we have updated our summer programming schedule. Most of our previously scheduled in-person programming is replaced with Virtual Camp Trailblazers. Here are the details:
Virtual Camp Trailblazers programming will now be available for five weeks this summer! There will be four days of programming each week, which includes a family session. Consistent feedback showed that kids and families are looking for more frequent touchpoints and programming.
At this stage, the controlled situation in Nova Scotia allows for in-person camp to move forward at Brigadoon Village and registration continues. We will communicate should this situation change.
As a reminder, all of our camp sessions are open to kids with facial differences and their siblings. Registration details are available here.
Later in the summer, based on public health guidelines and our ongoing community consultations, we will review if additional in-person programming opportunities are possible. Stay tuned to our website and social media for all the updates.
We appreciate everyone who has reached out to share their thoughts and provide guidance – thank you.
Questions or comments can be sent to our Executive Director, Danielle Griffin: firstname.lastname@example.org.