Trailblazers is the only program in Canada supporting children and youth with a facial difference and their families. Through creating a fun, safe, and inclusive environment, Trailblazers becomes a place to build life-long friendships with people who share similar life experiences. Trailblazers helps kids connect through activities, grow, and learn in different ways to maintain strong mental and social health.
Children and youth have gained a sense of belonging from our programs and feel more confident and empowered after participation.
For information about our volunteer opportunities with Trailblazers, click here.
Held monthly, our Virtual Programs allow our community all across Canada to come together over Zoom and participate in fun games, arts and crafts, and more! Our virtual programs are about an hour in length and activities can range from science experiments to virtual escape rooms to printmaking (just to name a few), all from the comfort of your own home.
These programs are FREE and open to kids with a facial difference and their siblings’ ages 6-15. Families are responsible for providing their own materials. With this in mind, we do our best to make them as material-friendly as possible and only keep to common household items (such as markers and paper).
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For programs for teens (15-18) please click here.
Trailblazers on the Road are our in-person community-based family programs. We are coming to a number of locations in 2022. Click on the “Locations” tab below to see where we are going. Registration for some locations is now available. We hope to see you there!
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- Fall & Winter Virtual Programs
- Ontario Trailblazers on the Road
Registration for our Fall & Winter Virtual Programs is now open! All our virtual programs are free. We will send an email the week of the program with any materials you need to prepare. You will be responsible for providing materials.
These programs are open to kids with a facial difference and their sibling’s ages 6-15.
To apply for our Fall & Winter Programs, click on “Register Now” and choose “Virtual Trailblazers Programs 2022”. If you are new, please make a new account under a parent/guardian/caregiver’s name. If you are returning, please use your account login or reset your password if you forgot it.
September 24 @ 1pm Eastern Time: Summer Memories – Flashlight Craft
Join us as we “shine a light” on one of our favourite summer memories! Another summer has come and gone, but we don’t have to put it behind us! Let’s recreate our favourite summer memory through this interactive craft session. Registration closes September 19.
September 24 @ 3pm Eastern Time: Craniofacial Acceptance Month – Your Story
Let’s wrap up Craniofacial Acceptance Month by putting our creative story-telling skills to the test! Through our creativity and sharing creations with others, we promote self-empowerment and social connectedness. In this creative and artistic session, we will learn to tell the story of ourselves in another way other than using our words. Registration closes September 19.
October 20 @ 4pm Central Time: SK Virtual Program – Let’s Celebrate Gratitude!
In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. Throughout the pandemic, we learned to be grateful for the small things that often went overlooked. Now, as we find hope to move forward, let’s celebrate being grateful for all the things that helped us get through it. And what better time to do that than the month of Thanksgiving!!
So why celebrate gratitude? Gratitude allows us to celebrate the PRESENT so let’s celebrate that!
This program is only open for patients of Wascana Rehabilitation Centre.
October 22 @ 1pm Eastern Time: Fall Fair – Crafts & Fun!
Come check out our virtual Fall Fair – an afternoon filled activities and fun! Where we will create some fall-themed crafts and try our hand at an easy no-bake fall-themed recipe. Registration closes October 17.
November 19 @ 1pm Eastern Time: Royal Tyrrell Museum Virtual Visit
We’re going to take a tour of the Royal Tyrrell Museum without leaving our homes! During the interactive virtual visit, we’ll be guided through galleries and exhibits. Marvelling at creatures from ancient seas, exploring Dinosaur Hall, and discovering how life carried on after the asteroid impact that marked the end of the Age of Dinosaurs. Registration closes November 14.
December 10 @ 1pm Esatern Time: Holiday Trivia!
Are you ready for the holidays? Come to our Holiday Trivia party! Test your general knowledge on a variety of topics (Holiday-themed, of course!) and get in the holiday spirit. You can come as you are or, dress for the occasion! Happy Holidays! Registration closes December 5.
Spend some time connecting with other families and help shape the future of Trailblazers Programs.
To register for the following program, click on the link below and choose the “Trailblazers on the Road 2022” option. If you are new, you will have to create an account. If you are returning, please login. If you forgot your password, follow the password reset option.
Hamilton – Rescheduled date!
- October 15, 10am-12pm
- Battlefield Park Pavillion
- Applications close on October 1
- If you registered for the original June date, you don’t have to register again. If you didn’t register for the June date, please click the “Register Now” button below.
As per AboutFace’s vaccine policy, all staff, volunteers, and participants must be fully immunized with a Health Canada-approved vaccine, or approved combination of vaccines, for COVID-19. AboutFace will review exemptions on an individual basis by AboutFace’s medical representative to the board. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions or concerns about the vaccine policy. All local public health requirements will be followed at each location.
If you are interested in volunteering with our Trailblazers programs please contact email@example.com or call 1-800-665-3223 x22
If you have any questions about eligibility or child, youth and family programs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-665-3223 x22