A message from our Executive Director

Our momentum in 2019 has been encouraging. From new strategic partnerships, to a growing community of supporters and innovative learning opportunities via the Circle of Cleft Professionals (CoCP), we have much to celebrate.

Do you ever wonder how tiny ripples become cresting waves?

From humble beginnings in Toronto two decades ago, Transforming Faces’ founders launched a few stones into an ocean of need for comprehensive cleft care worldwide: nimble and accountable partnerships, and a commitment to listen, learn and grow.

Through the ebbs and flows, a vibrant international network of local teams passionate about holistic rehabilitation for over 10,000 children has emerged! The tenacity, anchored in love, of families like Miriam’s and Segundo’s is our inspiration.

Our momentum in 2019 has been encouraging. From new strategic partnerships, to a growing community of supporters and innovative learning opportunities via the Circle of Cleft Professionals, we have much to celebrate.

Twenty years on, our global family is still propelled by TF’s founding values.

Thank you for being the wind in our sails as we work toward an audacious goal: that all children with cleft lip and palate pursue their hopes and dreams!

Q & A with TF Co-Founder, Jackie Elton

Q: How did you become involved with cleft lip and palate care?

I was born with a cleft lip and palate in the UK, but like most children at the time, I just had to live with all the different treatments. I learned what it felt like to be a patient and how important having great and committed parents was – always determined to find the best solution for me.

Q: What sparked the founding of TF?

I was in my early thirties and became very ill. If I hadn’t got shingles, perhaps none of this would ever have happened! I saw a TV program about hundreds of people in Sri Lanka who had never had access to cleft treatment. It was heartbreaking and unforgettable. About 6 years later, with TF’s co-founder Jo Jamieson, it all came together. It felt then, and it certainly does now, that it was just meant to be.

Q: Over the 20 years since TF’s birth, what stands out?

Gratitude. I’m grateful for all the people who rallied around and agreed to come alongside and contribute. And I am grateful that when there have been rocky times, we found a way back. For me, often TF has been about allowing some very special people space to lead. Even now it’s hard to believe the progress we’ve made. And there is so much more to do and look forward to.

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