As outgoing president of the Australian Nappy Association, it was my honour to select Fiona Ward from Darlings Downunder as the Inaugural Winner of the ANA Presidents Award 2016. This award is personally selected by the president and announced at the AGM annually. The president is in a unique position to see all volunteers working towards the main mission of the ANA which is to grow cloth nappy use across Australia. The recipient of this award is someone who demonstrates outstanding commitment to this mission as a member of the ANA.
When accepting the award, Fiona had the following to say.
I’m pretty chuffed to be the inaugural winner of the ANA President’s Award… and very surprised! There are heaps of awesome people in the ANA, including some truly stand out members who volunteer time and energy (that they probably can’t really spare!) to make the ANA work, and they all deserve this award. The ANA was established on the basis that by working together we could make a huge difference, and I think that’s been proven time and again. I do what I do for the ANA because I believe the long term benefits to my family, my business, the community, the environment, and basically the whole world are worth it! I want to see reusable nappies being considered a mainstream option for parents, education and support being readily available, and the cloth nappy industry making huge inroads into a market dominated by disposables. I cannot do this by myself. Darlings Downunder, in spite of its longevity and reputation as a reusable nappy specialist can’t do it without help either. The ANA is how I believe we will achieve this together.
I could not have been as involved in the ANA as I am if it weren’t for Catherine, my sister and business partner. Darlings Downunder is a full time job for both of us, so Catherine picks up the slack to keep our business running smoothly when I’m off ‘ANAing’. So this award belongs to her too.
I urge all ANA members to put their hand up when projects are proposed, to volunteer thoughts and ideas, and don’t let any perceived inexperience hold you back. Every member has the opportunity to become involved, and every member has skills and ability that they can use to make a difference. Embrace the collaborative nature of the ANA, and this community of amazing people who will become your cheer squad, your sounding board, your partners, your mentors, and maybe even your best mates.
Thanks to Jannine Barron, outgoing president of the ANA, for creating this award. Hopefully it will be as hard to choose a winner every year as I’m sure it was this year.
It has been my honour to serve as President of the ANA during 2016 and I am pleased to hand the role of president to Vicki Simpson of Bubblebubs.