I grew up in a rural town called Riverport, nestled in the south shore of Nova Scotia. Despite our small numbers, we have a large sense of community!
I was born with cleft lip and palate and have undergone twelve reconstructive surgeries including rhinoplasty, bone grafting, lip repair, and palate repair. It was not easy as a child having to accommodate all my medical procedures but I was fortunate to receive excellent medical care. I also had a wonderful experience attending AboutFace Camp Trailblazers in Nova Scotia for several summers.
In fact, I had planned to be a counsellor at camp this summer before COVID-19 hit. Instead, to help those impacted by the pandemic, I have been volunteering to deliver groceries to seniors in the community.
Since my doctors have made such a great impact on my life, I want to do the same for others. My biggest goal is to help youth in the LGBTQ community who are dealing with issues such as gender dysphoria, as influenced by someone very important and loved to me. The AboutFace scholarship will be immensely helpful in enabling me to reach that goal.
I am grateful for the positive impact the medical community has made in my life.
I am determined to make an impact.
I am excited about what the future holds.
[AboutFace note: Kathleen is one of the winners of the 2020 AboutFace Anna Pileggi Post-Secondary Scholarship]