2012 International Award
The MADA INTERNATIONAL award is presented to an individual who has displayed outstanding dedication or has been responsible for exceptional accomplishments of international significance in multiple births issues and that has a Canadian element or impact on the Canadian multiple-birth community.
This years’ recipient of the International MADA Award is Kimberley Weatherall.
2012 mark’s Kimberley’s 25th year as a volunteer in the Multiple Birth Community!
Along with the work that Kimberley continues to do with MBC as our Acting Executive Director, there are numerous international responsibilities that she has tackled in the last couple of years.
Kim accepted leadership of the International Council of Multiple Birth Organizations (ICOMBO) in 2007 and over the last five years “transformed it into a cohesive focused global community”.
As Chair of ICOMBO, Kim was directly responsible for or played a role for the following:
Chairing/organizing ICOMBO sessions at the International Congress on Twin Studies in 2010 in Seoul, South Korea and this year in Florence, Italy.
Developing & gaining acceptance for a new organizational structure for ICOMBO.
Pursuing & launching a new identity and logo for the organization.
Pursuing & launching a new website for ICOMBO (with the help of some key MBC members of course!).
Creating & monitoring a new Facebook group that now has worldwide members.
Producing ICOMBO newsletters for the last five years.
Pursuing & launching International Multiple Births Awareness Week (first celebrated in 2010 worldwide).
Encouraging a complete review of the Declaration of Rights and Statement of Twins and Higher Order Multiples, completed in 2010 (again with key MBC members!).
The work that Kim has accomplished with ICOMBO in the last 5 years will continue to benefit many countries and multiple birth families worldwide in years to come. This impressive international legacy is even more outstanding because during this entire time, Kim continued to actively volunteer in a leadership level both nationally and locally as well. Kimberley Weatherall has truly achieved exceptional accomplishments of international significance and Multiple Births Canada recognizes her many achievements!
"I am very honored to have been chosen as this year’s winner of the International Making a Difference Award and would like to express my sincerest appreciation to those who have nominated me. Representing Multiple Births Canada with the International Council of Multiple Birth Organizations (ICOMBO) and the International Society for Twin Studies (ISTS) has been a very rewarding experience. I am very pleased to have been a part of a move to have more interaction and sharing amongst national organizations world-wide and to help build ICOMBO into a stronger organization. To be recognized for my passion for volunteering in the area of multiple births and presented to me while surrounded by my peers and friends, truly makes this award all that more special to me. Thank you!"