Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award annually recognizes our exceptional midwifery leaders who have made outstanding, far reaching and long lasting contributions to our profession over their careers. One award is available per year.

Click here to see a list of previous winners.


Nominees for this award should have: 

  • Demonstrated extraordinary achievements in field of midwifery in Ontario that distinguish them from others in the profession. The impact of their contributions may be in the areas of exceptional clinical leadership, research, professionalism, regulation, political advocacy or midwifery education.
  • Achievements and contributions that have had provincial, national, or international recognition or effects.
  • Had a recognizable impact of their midwifery work beyond their local community.
  • Made a lasting contribution to the profession as a whole.
  • Enhanced the profession by consistently demonstrating commitment to high-quality standards that inspire others in the field, including demonstrable impact beyond their local community.
  • Demonstrated leadership in the promotion of birth as a normal life event at the provincial, national or international level.

Current AOM members in good standing can submit nominations for this award, including self-nominations. Current AOM Board members and AOM employees are ineligible.

Nomination Criteria

Nominations for this award will be reviewed based on the following criteria. Please provide as much information as you can about each of the four criteria, including concrete examples. You may also submit a copy of the nominee’s CV to help support the nomination. Each nomination will be scored out of 100.

  1. Achievements (25 marks). Catalogue as completely as possible the extraordinary lifetime achievements of the nominee in any of the following areas:
    • clinical practice
    • practice management
    • leadership and mentoring
    • new innovation, new knowledge, or ways to improve professional practice
    • advocacy and promotion
    • political work
    • education and research
    • professionalism
  2. Contribution (25 marks). Explain the nature, degree and value of the nominee’s contributions that have made a major impact on the midwifery profession in Ontario and how this stands out from the contributions of others. Include examples of the impact of the nominee's work at the provincial, national or international level. Explain how the nominee has demonstrated a commitment to the highest standards and ideals of Ontario midwifery.
  3. Impact (25 marks). Using concrete examples, explain how the impact of the nominee’s accomplishments has been lasting or far-reaching beyond their local community. Show how the nominee’s accomplishments are recognized and respected by peers and the larger Ontario midwifery community. Illustrate how the nominee has affected positive change at the local, provincial, national or international level (for clients, midwifery, maternity care, society).
  4. Leadership (25 marks). Illustrate how the nominee has demonstrated leadership in the Ontario midwifery community and beyond. Illustrate how the nominee’s work and contributions to the field serve as a model that inspires others to excellence. Illustrate how the nominee has demonstrated leadership in promoting birth as a normal life event at the provincial, national or international level.

Nomination Process

Nominations must be received by the AOM by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 11, 2021. All submitted materials will be reviewed by the AOM Awards Task Force. The task force will then recommend an award recipient to the Board of Directors, which will make the final selection. Awards will be presented at the Ontario Midwifery Conference in April 2021.

To be considered, each section of the nomination form must be completed, including:

  • Nominee information
    • Nominator & seconder information
    • Explanation of how the individual meets the criteria for this award

Nominations can be completed online or emailed to Diana MacNab.

Nominations must be received by the AOM by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2021.