It’s that time of the year ladies.. to announce to you all, the MOPS leaders that were honoured with MOPS Australia Awards at the respective state conferences.
It’s one of the privileges of the Board each year to recognise the significant contribution and achievement of MOPS leaders across the country. Nominations are received from you to award a MOPS leader for her valuable service, for her significant contribution, and her extraordinary passion for MOPS and the women in it.
The Awards are a tangible way for MOPS Australia (specifically the board) to recognise, congratulate and honour MOPS leaders who show commitment, dedication and perseverance in their area of leadership.
There are 3 types of awards… each prestigious as they honour the commitment of some beautiful women.
The Heart of MOPS Award is given to the MOPS leader who has made a significant contribution at a national level.
This year it has been awarded to current Area Co-ordinator for WA and Deputy Chair of the Board,
Cherie Macchiusi (pictured right). It was a great privilege for me to be at the WA conference to present Cherie with such a prestigious and well deserved award.
The Spirit of MOPS Award is given to a chartering church or organisation who has supported and promoted the cause of MOPS in their area in a significant way.
This year, the Elizabeth Street Church of Christ (pictured right) in SA was awarded the Spirit of MOPS Award.
The Hands of MOPS Award is given to a MOPS leader who has had a significant impact at a local/regional MOPS level.
This year there were several committed and commendable leaders chosen to receive the Hands of MOPS Award, each of them unaware of the honour until the award presentation at conference.
In SA…. Denise Turvey, a pillar of encouragement for the team at Modbury MOPS (pictured right).
In Victoria…. Mother and daughter, beautiful women serving MOPS together as Mentors for many years, Eunice Clay and Muriel Grills. See the article featuring 3 generations from this family in the Better Mum magazine.
In the ACT… Ann Taylor (pictured with her family), a founding member of the Tuggeranong MOPS group and still involved after 20years.
In WA… Jenny Pratt from Kalgoorlie MOPS received her award at a special church service, while I had the pleasure of meeting and presenting the award to Nicole Espenlaub (pictured below with her family), current coordinator,loved by her Rivervale MOPS team.
It was very special for each recipient to have family members at the presentation, organised on their behalf but unknown to them. Congratulations on your awards ladies!
MOPS as an organisation is proud of who you are and what you do for MOPS. Your family are proud of you, and your respective groups hold you in high esteem, with much gratitude for all that you do. May God continue to bless each of you in your roles as women, mothers and leaders.
Chair/Media Liaison, MOPS Australia