Heather Lee Mains Memorial Award

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

Award Criteria: an AOD 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);

Rules:

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

Past Recipients

Melissa Cowl

Julia MacNeil

Jennifer Elliott

Michelle Hache

Susan Martensen

Rebecca Serroul

2020/2021:  Will you be the recipient?

How to Submit Your Nomination:

  • Nominations must be received by the Awards Committee Chair no later than September 15.
  • Please Complete the form in full

    Heather L. Mains Memorial Award Nomination Form

    Award Criteria: an AOD 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); Rules: Association of Ontario Doula members may nominate Doulas who exemplify the spirit of the award. Nominees must be members in good standing with the AOD The Awards Committee reviews the nominations. Recipients will be notified as soon as a decision has been determined. All decisions of the AOD and the Awards Committee are final.
    Nominee(Required)
    Nomination submitted by: As the individual submitting the nomination, please provide your contact information.(Required)
    With specific reference to the criteria descriptions provided for the award, please detail the ways in which the doula exemplifies the criteria.

    References

    Please upload three letters of reference. Each letter must include the writer's full name, mailing address and telephone number. Current members of AOD Board are not eligible to provide letters of reference.
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    Supporting documentation

    Please provide at least one piece of supporting documentation that demonstrates or shows why this nominee merits recognition in the selected category. This documentation can be provided by uploading a file or including a link to a website.
    Max. file size: 256 MB.
    Max. file size: 256 MB.

    Nominator declaration

    * I confirm my submission meets the eligibility criteria of the Heather Lee Mains Memorial Award *I have reviewed all nomination materials and supporting documentation concerning the merits of the candidate to ensure accuracy and completeness.
    Declaration(Required)

    All personal information (letters, biographies, resumes and supporting materials as well as photographs, video recordings, digital images) collected by the nominator and/or the Association of Ontario Doulas is collected under the authority of section 34(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act. The AOD will use this personal information exclusively for administering the Heather Lee Mains Memorial Award.
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