MADA Winners 2015

The 2015 Making a Difference Award (MADA) winners were announced at MBC's National Conference on October 3, 2015 during our banquet dinner. The following individuals and organizations were recognized for their outstanding achievements, advocacy work and generosity to Multiple Births Canada and the families MBC supports.

Steve VanEsch and Message Rocket

  • Offered valuable time and resources to help do a full redesign of the MBC website.
  • Worked closely with MBC volunteers to ensure easy navigation of the website.
  • Hosted the MBC website at a drastically reduced rate.

Keith Reed, CEO TAMBA UK

  • Exceptional willingness to share his time and resources in support of MBC and other national multiple-birth organizations world-wide.
  • Contributor to the 2015 MBC National Multiple Birth Awareness Day Campaign, Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome.

Jenna Kelland, Edmonton Twin & Triplet Club

  • Member of the ETTC since 2009, immediately joining the executive.
  • Took the initiative to create a database of the library materials ETTC has and make it available electronically to all members.
  • Was instrumental in updating the Membership Database
  • Recognized the need for and developed the non-medical Managing Multiples Class. As stated by one of her nominators “The development of this program has put us on the map as a leading parenting organization”.

Sheila Catto

  • Has a huge passion for making a difference in the multiple-birth community, in supporting families with higher order multiples and has demonstrated this passion over and over again through the countless hours spent during her 7 years volunteering nationally with Multiple Births Canada.
  • Held positions on the Board of Directors including Secretary, Co-Chair and Chair.
  • Most recently Sheila was Director of Communications and spent many long hours making sure MBC Publications including E-News, Multiple Moments articles, Fact Sheets, National Multiple Births Awareness Day literature, and much more were edited and researched and ready to go.
  • Was a huge part of the team that successfully applied for and received the Charitable Status for MBC using her attention to detail and her research skills.
  • For all this work, and for her continuing role as Chair of the Higher Order Multiples Support Network, Sheila has been an invaluable part of the National MBC team and has helped MBC to support all families from coast to coast.

Shirley Combden

  • Shirley makes a difference every single day with the work she does on a national level. She currently holds the Director of Finance position on the Board for MBC but has also held the position of Co-Chair and Chair during her tenure.
  • Co-Chaired both 2010 and 2015 National Conferences in Edmonton.
  • As Director of Finance, Shirley is responsible for MBC's financial reporting and making sure that MBC maintains it's fiscal duties to the membership. She was also integral in helping MBC to achieve Charitable status.
  • Shirley's co-volunteers rely on her daily to guide them and support them no matter the task at hand. She volunteers with all her heart, and is always a steady hand no matter the challenges faced. Shirley truly does make a difference in all that she does for MBC and our families.

MBC's Board of Directors would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to all of MBC's 2015 Making a Difference Award Winners. Special thanks to MADA Chair Olga Kutikov, Conference Presenter Joanna Benvenuto, and the 2015 MADA Committee.

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