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);


  • 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.
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