Tyler was born with a Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate. Tyler’s first experience with AboutFace took place when he was 13 with Camp Trailblazers. Tyler continued to attend Camp Trailblazers until he aged out and became an active Volunteer with AboutFace. Tyler met many of his best friends, like-minded individuals who all shared something, a Facial Difference. The experience Tyler had through Camp Trailblazers, meeting new campers, having Camp Counsellors as Role Models (who introduced him to amazing music such as “The Cranberries”) and the Staff of AboutFace helped develop and shape the Self Confidence, and Courage Tyler has today. AboutFace not only helped Tyler accept his Facial Difference but allowed him a safe space to be proud of it as well.
Today, if you meet Tyler, you will meet someone who is a strong and passionate volunteer who shares his story and experiences and advocates for those who have not yet found their voice. Tyler works in Community Services as a Case Manager for the Niagara Region. Tyler works with Newcomers to Canada as well serving individuals and families who are experiencing Poverty, Homelessness, Mental Health and Addiction. Part-time, Tyler also works in the Developmental Sector supporting individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities assisting them to integrate and participate in their communities. Awareness, advocacy and representing individuals in marginalized communities is important to Tyler and he serves on various committees such as Pink Triangle, Young Workers & Niagara Region Diversity and Inclusion. You can also find him volunteering at Camp Trailblazers, one of his favourite AboutFace memories and activity.