2019 National Award
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 2019 National MADA was presented to Heather McAuley.
Heather has dedicated much of her time and resources not only to her local chapter but also to the Multiple Births Canada board. Heather held many positions in her local chapter of POMBA Windsor-Essex, including President, Prenatal Support, Cruise Director and computers for the All4Kids sale.
In addition, Heather chaired an amazing MBC conference in Windsor in 2011. Between teachers attending the multiples in schools' workshop, OB-GYN attending the workshop with Dr. Barbara Luke and the regular conference delegates, over 180 individuals were in attendance.
After giving many years to her local chapter, Heather redirected her passion and joined the MBC Board of Directors in 2012. She continues to serve on the board in various director positions as well as serving 4 years as the Board Chair.
She has worked hard to bring many projects to life such as the Ultrasound Clinic Poster Project and the Purple Butterfly Project in addition to her board role, full-time job all while raising her four children including one set of twins. These projects were not small in nature and demanded countless hours spent meeting with many key stakeholders to ensure the projects are delivered seamlessly.
Heather strives to make everyone feel welcome no matter the situation or group she is with. She acts as a mentor to new board members to ensure they succeed. She gives so much of herself, and it shows in all the amazing accomplishments she has had over the years.
She has a way of connecting with people that has greatly benefited MBC, both by attracting volunteers and by forging important relationships, including with the Dionne sisters and the Dionne Quints Heritage Board as well as with members of the MBC advisory council.
Thank you, Heather, for all you have given and continue to give to the Multiple Births Communities across Canada!