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Trailblazers Programs

Programs for kids with a facial difference and their siblings!

About Trailblazers

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.

Virtual Programs

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).

Scroll down to see what programs we have available!

For programs for teens (15-18) please click here.

Trailblazers-on-the-Road

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!

Inquiry Forms

Please click here to head to our Inquiry Forms!

Your answers will help guide the types of programs AboutFace offers in the future. Your input is vital!

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The Details

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Spring and Summer Virtual Programs
  • Spring and Summer Virtual Programs
  • Alberta Trailblazers on the Road
  • Ontario Trailblazers on the Road
  • Saskatchewan Trailblazers on the Road
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Registration for our Spring and Summer 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. For The AboutFace Games, we will mail out materials.

These programs are open to kids with a facial difference and their sibling’s ages 6-15.

To apply for our Spring and Summer 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.

April 10 at 1pm Eastern: Kid’s Baking Championship – The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie

In this social and interactive session, participants will experience what it is like to be on Kids Baking Championship – without the judges! They will learn a simple and delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and then show off their finished products to the group. This is a Family Program – where they will have assistance from their parent/guardian and then talk about their final product to the group as if they were presenting it to a judge similar to the show. No baking experience is required! Registration closes on April 5 at 5pm Eastern.

May 14 at 1pm Eastern: Trivia

Come out and test your general knowledge at a fun afternoon of Trivia! With a wide variety of topics, are you up for a challenge? Registration closes on May 10 at 5pm Eastern.

June 12 at 12pm Eastern: Magician

We will be joined by a Magician for this program. This highly interactive magic program combines both a magic show and a magic class with a specific focus on fostering perseverance, teamwork, and self-confidence in all the magicians inside of you! Registration closes on June 6 at 5pm Eastern.

June 12 at 2pm Eastern: Self-Care and Self-Compassion

Viewing ourselves with self-compassion can be difficult but understanding why it matters and the importance of self-care – and how they go hand-in-hand – are crucial to ensuring our “glass” never goes empty. In this creative session, we’ll dive into the ways we can integrate self-care and self-compassion more into our lives so that you can feel well-equipped with the skills, kindness, and grit needed to fully show up as YOU! Registration closes on June 7 at 5pm Eastern.

July 13 at 1pm Eastern: Ripley’s Aquarium Virtual Tour

Want to go under the sea? Join us as we take a virtual tour through Ripley’s Aquarium led by the aquarium staff! Registration closes on July 5 at 5pm Eastern.

August 8-10 at 1pm Eastern: Virtual Camp Trailblazers The AboutFace Games!

Welcome to the AboutFace Games!

This week is filled with activities surrounding your chosen sport/activity – plan it, design it, train for it! Come out and join us as we let our inner athletes shine! Materials will be mailed to you for this program. Registration closes on July 18 at 9am Eastern.

July 9, 11am-1pm
Rotary Park

To register for the following programs, 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. Applications close on June 16.

Red Deer: July 9 11am-1pm

Join us at Rotary Park for fun for the whole family! Spend some time connecting with other families and help shape the future of Trailblazers Programs. Pre-packaged food will be available.

Location specific information (such as parking) will be sent to you in an email after your application has been accepted.

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 danielle@aboutface.ca for any questions or concerns about the vaccine policy. All local public health requirements will be followed at each location.

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Join us at the following locations in Ontario! Spend some time connecting with other families and help shape the future of Trailblazers Programs. Pre-packaged food will be available at each location.

Location specific information will be sent to you in an email after your application has been accepted.

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.

More locations will be released as they become available.

Hamilton

  • June 12, 10am-12pm – WEATHER DELAYED WILL BE RESCHEDULED
  • Battlefield Park Pavillion
  • Applications close on May 11

Toronto

  • August 20, 11am-1pm
  • G. Ross Lord Park
  • Applications close on July 20

Barrie

  • August 21, 10am-12pm
  • Tyndale Park
  • Applications close on August 5

Sudbury

  • August 27, 10am-12pm
  • Bell Park
  • Applications close on July 27 

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 danielle@aboutface.ca for any questions or concerns about the vaccine policy. All local public health requirements will be followed at each location.

August 6, 10am-12pm
Regina - Wascana Rehabilitation Auditorium

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. Applications close on July 6.

Regina: August 6, 10am-12pm

Join us at Wascana Rehabilitation Auditorium and Playground for fun for the whole family! Spend some time connecting with other families and help shape the future of Trailblazers Programs. Pre-packaged food will be available.

Location specific information (such as parking) will be sent to you in an email after your application has been accepted.

 

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 danielle@aboutface.ca for any questions or concerns about the vaccine policy. All local public health requirements will be followed at each location.

Volunteer!

If you are interested in volunteering with our Trailblazers programs please contact info@aboutface.ca or call 1-800-665-3223 x22

Questions?

If you have any questions about eligibility or child, youth and family programs, please contact info@aboutface.ca or call 1-800-665-3223 x22