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

Horace & Abigail wish you happy holidays!

posted: December 20, 2017

Dear friends, Don’t know about you, but around here, 2017 came with many surprises, challenges, and memorable moments. Some of those memorable moments included my acceptance into the Master’s of Social Work program at University of Calgary, and Athena participating … read more


posted: September 17, 2017

Stefan and Athena embarked on a different sort of adventure at the start of September. Stefan began his Masters in Social Work in Calgary while Athena is holding down the fort in Vancouver. Athena considered writing this new long distance … read more

WEBCOMIC: The Shower Head

posted: June 17, 2017

In the latest Tilted Windmills webcomic, we catch a glimpse of the day-to-day routines of Horace the Tortoise and Abigail Mouse. While Abigail reveals herself to be a morning mouse, Horace is something of a night owl. Also, introducing our … read more

PODCAST: Pain and the Body

posted: June 4, 2017

“I think, as this body’s guardian, I have to say, you know what, if you’re still fighting, then I gotta fight along with you.” In our second podcast, Athena and I discuss the impact of chronic pain and how to … read more