Heather Lee Mains Memorial Award

Named in honour of Heather Mains and her life’s work, this award is presented at the DoulaCARE Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in October.

Award Criteria: a DoulaCARE member who has made an extraordinary contribution to positive birth in any one or more of the following areas:

  • Providing exceptional Doula support, perhaps to a particular high needs population;
  • Promoting and advancing birthing practices and/or facilities;
  • Advancing and enhancing positive birth memories,
  • Educating (course development or presentation) through community education (some examples may be elementary/secondary schools, colleges, multicultural, outreach etc) health professional education, in services, mentoring programs, collaborative projects etc;
  • Researching (either involved in research project itself or in reviews)
  • Writing: articles, letters, books, educational and promotional materials, academic course work;
  • Advancing the Doula profession (specific education or program creation and implementation);
  • Specific contribution to women’s health (in maternity programs) via policy change or program implementation (either provincial or national);


  • DoulaCARE members may nominate Doulas who exemplify the spirit of the award.
  • Nominees must be members in good standing with DoulaCARE
  • The Awards Committee reviews the nominations.
  • Recipients will be notified as soon as a decision has been determined.
  • All decisions of DoulaCARE and the Awards Committee are final.

Past Recipients

2008: Melissa Cowl

2009: Julia MacNeil

2010: Jennifer Elliott

2011: Michelle Hache

2012: Susan Martensen

2013: Rebecca Serroul


How to Submit Your Nomination:

  • Nominations must be received by the Awards Committee Chair no later than September 15.
  • The nomination essay must be no longer than 500 words and must include:
    • Nominee’s name, address and phone number
    • Your name, address and phone number
    • Contact info for two additional references