Stefan De Villiers, photo credit Lulu ZylStefan is the co-founder of Tilted Windmills and a youth worker, working with vulnerable and street-entrenched youth in Vancouver, BC. He is passionate about advocating on behalf of those who society has tossed aside, especially those who, like him, fall somewhere along the LBTQQIA rainbow. As a trans man Stefan has faced his fair share of obstacles to becoming the man he is today. He knows firsthand how difficult it can be to come out to family members and friends, and make your way in a world that so often puts barriers in your way. He knows the challenge of navigating an unfriendly social, health, and legal landscape, and how hard it is to find love that truly accepts you for all that that you are.

Stefan strongly believes that every young person deserves to be nurtured and supported as they sort out how they want to show up in the world. Having wrestled with depression and anxiety for much of his early life, Stefan is particularly passionate about empowering those who struggle with mental illnesses to see their own value and to recognize that they, too, deserve to be here, and that they have much to contribute to society.

Stefan's Articles

Happy New Year from Horace & Abigail

posted: December 31, 2018

Well, another year has drawn to a close. In the Tilted Windmills household, 2018 was full of late nights studying, early morning dog-walks, weekend coffee dates, and exploratory ventures along Calgary’s Bow River. Athena and Lola, with furniture in tow, … read more

WEBCOMIC: Our First Calgary Winter

posted: December 4, 2018

ATHENA: You know, once I’ve bundled up in my hoodie, knee-length parka, two layers of pants, two pairs of socks and these giant mitts, Lola’s morning walks really aren’t all that bad– STEFAN: Winter is coming. And yes, we’re “Game … read more

WEBCOMIC: We’re Going to Calgary

posted: August 12, 2018

Yes, at the beginning of August we really did make our big move from Vancouver to Calgary and it seemed only right that our tortoise and mouse counterparts ought to do the same. We have no doubt that their adventure in this … read more

Cultivate Your Orchid Child

posted: January 6, 2018

Our “Cultivate Your Orchid Child” design has been a long time in the making… over two years, in fact. It all started with me reading a Scientific American article, “On the Trail of the Orchid Child”, outlining kids’ biological sensitivities … read more