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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.

AboutFace Time Programs provide an opportunity to add mental health skills to your toolkit. Past programs have focused on positive self-reflection, acceptance, and personal growth.

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 is our in-person program. Currently, this program is on hold, but it is our hope to return to in-person programs in the near future. Please stay tuned for more information!

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We are excited to continue our virtual programs this fall. 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. They will be common household items.  

Our kids’ programs are open to kids with a facial difference and their siblings’ ages 6-15. 

To apply for our Fall Programs, please choose “Trailblazers Year-Round Programs” on our registration site. If you are new, please make a new account under a parent/guardian’s name. If you are returning, please use your account login or reset your password if you forgot it.  

 Province Specific Programs

October 23 at 10am (Saskatchewan Time): Saskatchewan Virtual Program – Virtual Escape Room  

This program is only open to children in Saskatchewan with a facial difference and their siblings ages 8-13. Join us for a Fall themed Virtual Escape Room! Registration closes on October 19.  

October 28 at 4pm (Atlantic Time): IWK Virtual Program – Gratitude Celebration

This program is only open to patients from IWK and their siblings ages 6-15. Join us as we use nature to share and celebrate our gratitude. Registration closes on October 25.

 

Kids (6-15) 

September 25 at 1pm (Eastern): Self Portraits  

Come and celebrate Craniofacial Acceptance month with us! We will be getting artsy and creating self-portraits. This program will be led by an Arts Therapist! You will need paper and a pencil, pen or markers. Registration closes on September 21.  

October 23 at 2pm (Eastern): Fall Fair  

Fall is in the air, and that means it’s time for a Fair! Try your hand at some Fall Fair crafts and activities! Registration closes on October 19.  

November 20 at 1pm (Eastern): Virtual Zoo-m Tour with Toronto Zoo 

Explore the Toronto Zoo from the comfort of your own home! Join us in a virtual zoo tour with the Toronto Zoo! Registration closes on November 11.  

December 11 at 1pm (Eastern): Holiday Escape Room 

We’re back with a fan favourite! Can you get out in time? Come and see if you can beat our Holiday Escape Room. Registration closes on December 7.  

Volunteer!

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