Elsie Cressman Award

2017 recipient: Judy Rogers, RM


To recognize an Ontario midwife or group of midwives who have successfully initiated an innovative and client centred local or group midwifery project in the past five years. One award is available per year.

Nominees for this award should have:

  • Initiated a midwifery project (may be local or global) within the past 5 years which enhances client centred care and is responsive to community needs. Specifically the project should further at least one of the principles of Ontario Midwifery of informed choice, continuity of care and choice of birthplace.
  • Used innovation in delivery of midwifery care with this project.
  • Succeeded in achieving objectives of their project which have resulted in benefits to the community.


  • Nominee must be or have been a practicing midwife in Ontario
  • Nominator must be an AOM member in good standing
  • Self-nominations are allowed (if an AOM member)
  • Current AOM Board members and AOM employees are ineligible

Nomination Process:

Current AOM members in good standing can submit nominations for this award. Self-nominations are accepted. The completed nomination must be submitted by the deadline of December 15, 2017 in order to be considered.  Please note that all submitted materials will be blinded by AOM staff to remove any identifying information about the nominee or the nominee's practice group or community, prior to review by the selection committee.

Nominations received by the deadline will be blind-reviewed by the Awards Task Force. The Task Force will then recommend an award recipient to the Board of Directors, who will make the final selection.  Awards will be presented at the Ontario Midwives Conference in May 2018.

Instructions for submitting a nomination:

To be considered, each nomination submission must include:

- Nominee information
- Nominator information; seconder information
- Explanation of how the individual meets the criteria for this award

Nominations can be completed online or sent to:

Diana MacNab
Manager, Membership Services
Association of Ontario Midwives
365 Bloor Street East, Suite 800
Toronto ON M4W 3L4
Fax: 416-425-6905

Nominations must be received by the AOM by 5:00 pm on December 15, 2017.