2018 Recipients

LOCAL Award: Ginger Bowes

The LOCAL Making A Difference Award is presented to an individual who has displayed outstanding dedication or has been responsible for outstanding accomplishments of local significance in multiple births issues within Canada.

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The winner of the 2018 LOCAL award is Ginger Bowes.

This years award recipient has been making a difference in the lives of TTMAC members since 2010.  Firstly in her capacity as Party Planner, then Sales Team Member, and for the past 4 years as Board Member.  As Secretary, President, and most recently Past President, she has shown with her creativity, energy, and devotion to all things TTMAC that she is “Not Just Another Mom of Twins” and inspired others to join the board as well.

She has inspired great change in the operations of TTMAC. She has been instrumental in creating the current board structure, created an

entire Policies & Procedures Manual for future boards to use as guidance, sourced innovative fundraising ideas, built excitement in TTMAC’s volunteers and overall positively impacted TTMAC members. 

One of Ginger's friends sent this message to us:
"From the time I showed up at your house with eight Kris Kringle gifts instead of one, to the time you sang Wannabe by the Spice Girls at Starbucks and documented the whole thing on Facebook, there have been many laughs along the way. While we may personally disagree on many topics and can be unbending in our opinions, eventually we get back in the saddle and always agree on one thing: putting the interests of the membership first”. 
Robert Joseph Dole once said:
When it's all over, it's not who you were. . . it's whether you made a difference.   

National Award: Tracey Jardine

The MADA NATIONAL award is presented to an individual who has displayed outstanding dedication or has been responsible for outstanding accomplishments of national significance in multiple births issues in Canada.

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The 2018 National Making a Difference Award was presented to Tracey Jardine.


Tracey Jardine is currently on the MBC Board of Directors and has been a valuable member of the team.  Blooming with each project she takes on.

For the past two years, Tracey has been vital to the success of the special project work that MBC has worked towards.

When the MBC Board first decided to take on the 40th Anniversary of MBC without Chapter Support, it was Tracey who stepped forward without

hesitation to volunteer to be the lead.  She scouted locations, checking pricing and amenities until the perfect location was found.  

When MBC first learned of the Purple Butterfly Project, it was Tracey who enthusiastically endorsed bringing it to Canada, contacting the original founders, finding out about the program in other countries, and putting together a plan to launch it here in CANADA.  She and other board members met with hospital staff and other key stakeholders.

Tracy worked many hours researching ideas to fund the special projects that MBC has been driving the past year. 

“To make a difference in someone’s life, you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful, or perfect. You just have to care enough and be there.”

International Award: Monica Rankin

The MADA INTERNATIONAL award is awarded to an individual who has displayed outstanding dedication or has been responsible for exceptional accomplishments of international significance in the field of multiple-births with a Canadian element or impact on the Canadian multiple-birth community.

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The 2018 Making a Difference International Award winner is Monica Rankin


Monica Rankin has been the chair of ICOMBO (International Council of Multiple Birth Organisations) since 2012.   In order to get the details of her involvement internationally and with her local chapter in Australia, we tricked her into sending something she was asked to put together herself about her 28 years of volunteer experience...


While at ICOMBO:

  • She worked in a team to take ICOMBO from a working group of International Society of Twin Studies (ISTS) to an independent body, creating membership and a financial status (until this time ICOMBO had never received any funds). 


  • During her time as Chair, ICOMBO has gone from being seen by many twin researchers as a mothers of twins group, to be a creditable, respected and valued part of the wider research community

  • Monica was invited to speak at Melbourne Twins Conference, hosted by TRA in Melbourne in 2014 as well as the ISTS Satellite Meeting, in Brisbane in 2016

  • She was on planning committee for, and invited to speak at, the Twins & Multiples Community Forum, hosted by TRA in Melbourne in 2017

  • Monica sourced and co-edited a book on Adolescent Multiples that is now available free of charge for all members of ICOMBO

  • She has co-authored papers on zygosity that were published in British Medical Journal (BMJ) and the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG)

  • She is currently co-authoring a paper that will discuss the lack of research in many areas concerned with multiples and their families.

  • She is currently on an international group working to improve outcomes for selected Fetal Growth Restriction, that affects many multiples.

  • Monica is currently on a steering group that is working to identify the top priorities for research in twin and multiple births.


In her own words:

“I have been on the committee of my local multiple birth group Casey & District Multiple Birth Association Incorporated since 1990. I joined the committee when my twins were 6 months old, and I am still there.”

Chapter Award: Durham Parents Of Multiples

The MADA CHAPTER award is presented to a chapter that has displayed outstanding dedication or has been responsible for outstanding accomplishments of significance to their local multiple births community. 

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The 2018 Making a Difference Chapter Award winner is the Durham Parents Of Multiples.

In 2017, the executive was faced with a 90% succession rate as most of the old executive had moved on after the 2016 conference held in Ajax. 

Only three of the executive members were carrying on to the new executive. 

Seeing this as a challenge, the new committee vowed to make 2018 an amazing year with many new changes. 

Over the course of the year, the new committee was successful and hit almost all of their goals and even managed to introduce new programs for the members. 

As a club they procured tables at local events to promote our organization and raise awareness about multiple births not only in the Durham region but in Canada.  They met new potential members and informed the public on some of the joys of raising multiples.  They also informed the public about some of the challenges that families of multiple births face.  Additionally, they volunteered to assist with MBC's ultrasound project to the best of their abilities sending out 350 packages……..adding more addresses to the database as they come across them.  

They felt that the club needed some new events for the upcoming year, as we were losing members with older school aged multiples and attendance was starting to dwindle at our regular events. To solve this problem, they implemented the following programs. 

The club started to offer youth nights like bowling, fire station tours, trampoline park night and other great ideas to flourish.  They also offered plenty of opportunities for youth to get their student volunteer hours.  They completed a club wide survey to find out what was working and what was not working within their club and took suggestions on changes.  New programming for adults included a paint night, a comedy night out and we plan on hosting a pub night.   They also decided to change the format of our "Ladies Night Out" to "Parents of Multiples (POM) Nights".   They wanted to make a friendly atmosphere for dads and by changing this up the club has become more inclusive.  The response was amazing. There are always a few dads out at all these events.  

Community Outreach is very important to DPOM these initiatives include the NICU stocking Program, sponsoring a multiple family at Christmas through the Children's Aid Society, Christmas photos for our members with all the proceeds went to Grandview Children's Centre (a local organization offering serviced to families with children with special needs). They have also launched the "Period Project" within the organization. The project collects feminine hygiene products for homeless woman or women in shelters who have had to leave their homes with nothing.  

One of the most successful fundraisers that they started this year was T-shirt sales.  They found a local t-shirt vendor willing to create awesome "twin related" t-shirts for the whole family. They went like hot cakes and we are already working on offering these sales again.

Corporate Award: Dionne Quints Heritage Board

The MADA CORPORATE award is presented to an individual, business, corporation or organization who at the national level, in their professional capacity, created an awareness of the challenges faced by Canada's multiple birth children and their families, and/or have made a significant impact on the multiple-birth community and/or Multiple Births Canada.


The 2018 Winner of the Corporate Award is Dionne Quints Heritage Board.


This group of volunteers came together to form this board and works towards the goals in their mission statement.  

Preserving the birth home of the Dionne Quintuplets and accompanying artifacts within the City of North Bay, for the enjoyment and education of current and future generations

  • Developing and fostering community awareness of Canadian history, especially as it pertains to the inter-relationship between women and socio-cultural, socio-economic dynamics in Northern Ontario;

  • Organizing educational initiatives, social events, fundraising activities to subsidize the cost of the initiatives and other community endeavours; 

  • Sharing Information about Canadian history

  • Providing a venue for the general public to aid in the enhancement, authenticity and enjoyment of the experience derived via the activities.

  • The Dionne Quints Heritage Board of Directors and volunteers worked with city of North Bay to be the organization that manages the home and the artifacts.  

  • They were responsible for persuading Parks Canada to designate the birth of the Dionne Quintuplets as an event of historical significance in Canada.  

  • This recognition event took place this summer and was attending by Annette Dionne (one of the two surviving Quintuplets).  

  • The many volunteers who worked countless hours to get the house moved, artifacts installed and continue to fundraise to make necessary updates and landscaping. 


They are committed to the area, the country and the world remembering and learning from the lives of those five little girls.   

This board is has displayed outstanding dedication to preserving the history and gaining recognition of the significance of the Dionne Quints home and lives. 

The board consists of the following members:

  • Dionne Quints Heritage Board Board of Directors

  • Ed Valenti Chair/President

  • Sandy O’Grady Vice Chair/VP

  • Edith Benoit Secretary/Treasurer

  • Brian Callahan Director

  • Lou Gagne Director

  • Chris Mayne Director

  • Joshua Pride Director

  • Miles Peters Director

  • Richard Tafel Director