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In recognition of excellence, outstanding achievement and contribution, and long service to ABA

Honorary membership 2023


Karin C

ABA is thrilled to have awarded Karin Collinson an honorary membership at the WA Branch conference in October. 2023

Karin has been a member for 37 years and qualified as a counsellor in 1992. She has held several different roles across the Association nationally as well as at branch and group level.

Karin was instrumental in recruiting, inducting and connecting with trainees throughout their learning. Karin has also taken over 1200 calls on the National Helpline.

Karin is an individual who has gone and will continue to go to great lengths to make a significant and positive impact for ABA and for the benefit of families and communities. Her dedication, innovation and leadership have helped to strengthen ABA’s impact, vision and capacity.

No matter what is asked, Karin not only happily accepts, but willingly offers her time to the needed role or task. When anything was dropped from her daily ABA work, Karin immediately looked to fill in the time, whether it was taking extra shifts on the National Breastfeeding Helpline, mentoring volunteers with personal check-ins or picking up a task at group level. Her willingness to step into roles has had an enormous impact on alleviating volunteer capacity.

Karin’s dedication, commitment and passion for making a difference have truly set her apart and Karin is a very worthy recipient of the prestigious honour of an ABA honorary membership.

Pic is of Joy Anderson, Kirsten Tannenbaum, Merrin Carvell, Victoria Marshall-Cerins, Karin Collinson, Emilynne Capelli and Judith Lee. The photo was taken at the WA branch conference after Karin Collinson was awarded an Honorary Membership. All the volunteers in the photo are the WA branch volunteers who currently hold an honorary membership.

Honorary members 2010-2020

Prof Julie Smith    2019
Merrin Carvell    2016
Judith Lee    2015
Christine Hoadley    2015
Leanne Taylor    2014
Leila Forde OAM    2014
Laura Hughes    2014
Deborah Court    2014
Suzanne Groom    2014
Elizabeth Oei    2014
Prof Peter Hartmann    2014
Louise Duursma    2014
Kirsten Tannenbaum    2014
Barbara Glare    2014
Janet Sullivan    2014
Dale Nigro    2014
Emilynne Capelli    2014
Joy Anderson    2011
Desley Hubner    2011
Pauline Delany    2011
Melanie Carter    2011
Jenny Gigacz    2011

Honorary members 2000-2009

Rosalind Escott AM    2007
Sue Cox    2007
Mary Paton OAM    2004
Jill Day    2004
Hilary (Pixie) Endacott    2004
Dorothy Newbold    2004
Lesley Huxley    2002

Honorary members 1975-1999

Dr Wendy Brodribb    1997
Beverley Holman    1994
Lesley Furness    1992
Judith Gifford dec    1991
Margaret McCredie    1991
Helen Paterson    1990
Frances Fiddian    1989
Dr Virginia Thorley    1979
Glenise Francis    1976
Jan Barry    1976
Susan Woods    1976
Pat Paterson    1976
Judith Laird    1976
Bridget Sutherland dec