AMBA Appreciation Award Winners 2022

The AMBA Appreciation Awards program was established to acknowledge AMBA members’ valued contributions and introduce dedicated, creative and innovative individuals and clubs to their peers on a national level. The awards promote teamwork and recognise activities that increase the profile of AMBA within local and national communities.

2022 Winners

Local award - Individual

Lianda Stoel

North Shore Sydney Multiple Birth Association

Awarded to an individual who embodies one or more of the AMBA values and has delivered a service or benefit outside the defined role or expectation of their committee position. This individual will have demonstrated the value in an exceptional manner, leading to the betterment of multiple birth families within their local area or their state.

Lianda demonstrated the AMBA value of ‘Serve Families’ by taking on multiple roles withing her club and being a jack of all trades. She ran regular information evenings for prospective members, linked new members into support networks, organising a miriad of online and face to face events, set up fundraisers and developing a club webinar series to educate families. 

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National award - Individual

Bridget Kerans

Townsville and District Multiple Birth Association

Awarded to extraordinary individuals that have embodied one or more of the AMBA values and have demonstrated innovative achievement in program or service delivery, or delivered a benefit outside the defined role or expectation of their AMBA or club committee position, with a national impact. The individual will have demonstrated the value in an exceptional manner, benefiting the broader multiple birth community of Australia.

Bridget has demonstrated the AMBA value of ‘Imagine Possibilities’ by working at a local, state and national level to enact positive change for multiple birth families. Serving as a club president, she was heavily responsible for resurrecting the Townsville club, when many other volunteers stepped away. As AMBA Queensland President, Bridget drove a number of initiatives, including leading the movement to change the date of MBAW to better account for weather conditions across the country and working diligently on the AMBA restructure project to see AMBA Queensland operating as a subcommittee of AMBA. In her role of the AMBA board, Bridget took the lead with formulating a response to the abdominoplasty funding efforts. She conducted a survey and prepared a report to submit to the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. She also worked on the affiliation handbook project and been at the forefront of board communications managing board updates, social media and supporting clubs as a well-known, trusted and respected volunteer.

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PAT Stewart Memorial Award

Julia McCathy

Frankston Peninsula Multiple Birth Association

Fiona Lally

Eastern Area Multiple Birth Association & Diamond Valley Multiple Birth Association

The Pat Stewart memorial award was created in honour of past Chairperson, Pat Stewart OAM (dec.), a great leader who maintained an unwavering commitment to AMBA for over 30 years and whose vision led to the inception of the Australian Multiple Birth Association. Pat’s impact was groundbreaking, within Australia and overseas. The Pat Stewart memorial award is a prestigious AMBA award that recognises an individual or team who has undertaken a significant project that improves the welfare of multiple birth children and their families throughout Australia.

Julia initiated a relationship with the Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE) who are a not-for-profit organisation devoted to reducing the impacts of emotional and mental health problems in the pre and postnatal period. She worked with COPE to develop and deliver a joint survey that informed new prenatal and postnatal multiple specific content on their website and Ready to Cope guide. From the joint research with COPE, Fiona and Julia prepared an abstract to submit for presentation at the Australian College of Midwives Conference, drawing on Fiona’s experience as a nurse educator. The abstract was accepted and Fiona and Julia presented in Cairns, at the ACM conference in September 2022.

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AMBA Service Award

Awarded to AMBA volunteers who have achieved a minimum of ten years of service in a club, state and/or national project team/board role. These extraordinary individuals are the stalwarts of AMBA. They fill vacancies, mentor newer committee members, provide wisdom, experience and a steady hand and keep our clubs and local services running for the benefit of multiple birth families.

Abigail Hancock

Albury Wodonga Multiple Birth Association

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Anke Libeton

North Shore Sydney Multiple Birth Association

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Daila Mohr

Amba Western Australia

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Lynda Cowen

Nepean Multiple Birth Association

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