Each year the Board of MOPS Aust has opportunity to recognise the outstanding contribution of leaders by conferring MOPS Australia Awards.
The ‘Hand of MOPS Award’ is given to a leader who has contributed in an outstanding way at a local / regional level.
The ‘Spirit of MOPS Award’ is given to an organisation that has supported or promoted MOPS.
The ‘Heart of MOPS Award’, is arguably the most prestigious, being awarded to MOPS leaders whose leadership and contribution has been exemplary at a national level.
This year at the MOPS Australasian Conference, it gave me enormous pleasure to recognise and then completely surprise two dedicated, passionate and God honouring women by presenting them each with ‘The Heart of MOPS Award’. They have been ‘can do’ women, shining lights for MOPS over a number of years and have committed their talent to serving MOPS in national leadership.
Jillian Ross, began her MOPS journey by starting a mops group in Qld. She co-ordinated her group, became Regional then Area co-ordinator in Qld, while simultaneously speaking at groups, conferences and training days. Jillian was in the top 3 fundraisers 2 years in a row for Mothers on the March, getting her whole team to conference, She took on the role of Qld conference convenor and ultimately National Conference Manager. Jillian has been an integral and invaluable member of the Management Team over the past few years.
Jillian has voluntarily given of herself with passion, authenticity, courage, and a servant heart.
For these and many other reasons, MOPS was thrilled to honour Jillian’s leadership and contribution by awarding her the ‘Heart of MOPS Award’ in 2014.
The second award recipient for 2014 was Catherine Oehlman.
Cath’s MOPS journey began in 2006 in Qld as a MOPS mum. She rocketed through the ranks as it were taking on a number of leadership roles locally in publicity and as co-ordinator, regionally as a speaker at MOPS groups and state conferences and more recently on the National Management Team with a greater focus on media and publications.
Cath has held many different roles, contributed in countless ways to MOPS mornings, state conferences, was worship co-ordinator at the 2010 National conference and worship leader for the 2014 Australasian conference. She and her husband set up the website. Cath has set up FB pages, written countless articles for mops publications and blogs. She was in the very thick of the production of the Better Mum magazine and the list goes on.
Congratulations goes to the 2014 Heart of MOPS Award recipients Jillian Ross and Catherine Oehlman. These two beautifully talented, generous and Godly women have blessed MOPS with their passion and dedication and servant hearts.
MOPS Australia Chair