MAKING A DIFFERENCE AWARDS
LOCAL Award: Shelli Dowdall-Scott
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.
The winner of the 2021 Local MADA is Shelli Dowdall-Scott
This winner has been involved in her chapter since 2008 and on the executive for many of those years. The list of roles and jobs she has done is endless. She is warm, friendly, accommodating, and has amazing problem-solving skills. She steps into leadership with great ideas and is always ready to do the work. Her nominator says She genuinely cares about supporting multiple birth families in her community and the strengths she brings to the table reflect her caring.
Shelli has quietly and competently held several important positions within MBFA: Membership Director, Volunteer Director, Vice-President and is currently Acting President.
In addition, Shelli is leading a handful of committed volunteers in putting together MBC’s Annual Conference for the Fall of 2021. Co-incidentally, MBFA simultaneously celebrated its 60th Anniversary of supporting multiple-birth families in the Ottawa-Gatineau regions.
When asked why she has stayed so long as a member of MBFA, Shelli’s answer was telling: “I like to help people. I think we need the world to see that multiples are different [from having singletons], that they are individuals [within the group] and that they need to be seen that way. I found a group of people that just “get it” and 110% understand the ups and downs of having multiples.” Thank you and Congratulations Shelli.
National Award: Ruth Morton
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.
The 2021 National MADA was presented to Ruth Morton
This winner has been active in the multiples community since her twins were born. She was part of her local chapter filling any role needed over the years. As her time with her chapter was ending, she was approached to join the MBC board.
The board knew she had amazing skills that would help get some of the infrastructures of MBC up to date. She has been an incredible leader to those on the board as she always makes the time to have one on one conversations and make sure board members are being heard and valued while adding value to the big picture.
During her time with MBC Ruth has been instrumental in many large projects with tremendous impact including:
- newly updated website
- new MBC logo design and rebranding
- online chapter exchanges, program nights, virtual speaker sessions and more
- creation and design of new MBC online store with product design
To have accomplished this much is absolutely amazing in itself. But in addition, Ruth was able to lead the board through a pandemic which added not only to the MBC board challenges but also to that of the chapters we serve. Ruth's leadership has been instrumental in adapting new ways of providing value to our chapters and offering support options to ensure we were serving our community to the best of our ability. While Ruth will continue on the board, her time as chair is over and now is the perfect time to award her the national MADA award for all her hard work and dedication.
Media Award: Tracey Tong
The MADA MEDIA award is presented to an individual and/or newspaper, magazine, radio or television outlet that printed or aired a story in the previous year which created awareness of multiple-birth issues, individual chapters, or spotlighted MBC and/or chapter initiatives.
The 2021 Media MADA was presented to The Ottawa Parenting Times, editor Tracey Tong, with special recognition to its publisher Peter Ausland
Over the years Peter has always been open, inquiring and caring when it came to multiple-birth families and wanted to make sure that our families had easy access to any support systems they might need.
This past Winter Tracey Tong interviewed long time MBC member Lynda Haddon and other Ottawa Region members regarding their perspectives of raising multiples, and her article provided pertinent advice and community resources which families might tap into at any stage of raising their multiples, including Multiple Births Canada, Multiple Births Families Association.
The article entitled is informative, positive, pertinent, full of practical hints and tips and honest in its overview of the challenges and joys of having twins and triplets.
Congratulations to Peter Ausland and Tracey Tong with Ottawa Parenting Times.
Chapter Award: Windsor Essex Parents of Multiple Births Association (WEPOMBA)
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.
The 2021 Chapter MADA goes to WINDSOR ESSEX Parents Of Multiple Births Association (WEPOMBA)
Although like other areas, this Chapter has not been able to offer in-person events, they offered free membership to families renewing for another year with POMBA, and a discounted rate for any new member families from the community and managed to keep their membership steady.
They have offered successful online prenatal information sessions to assist local expectant parents, scavenger hunts and social distance walks in the park. They stood united in support of their local NICU during smile cookie week with a chapter cookie challenge.
This Chapter celebrated NMBAD 2021 by promoting Equity and inclusion for multiple birth families with a member picture project. This was a fun and interactive activity that brought our members together in a challenging time, when they were missing the in-person connections.
Going forward they are planning another socially distant Halloween event, a virtual clothing sale, Facetime with Santa and Mrs Clause, and keeping their fingers crossed that in person events will be possible in the spring.
This year’s Chapter Award going to Windsor/Essex WEPOMBA.