Executive Volunteer & Management Support
An Auntie of 10, including one chasing butterflies in the sky. Celeste chooses to honour Alfie by sharing her story, speaking her name and educating others about monitoring their babies movements. Currently studying a Bachelor of Visual Arts, specialising in ceramics, Celeste uses her art to share Alfie’s story and develop material narratives. As well as volunteering she works part time and keeps busy caring for her nieces and nephews. It is in honour of Alfie and the 6 babies every day that Celeste continues to support and share Still Aware’s message, in hope empower others.
A mother to five daughters and grandmother to 10 including one angel baby and personally effected by the loss of a grandchild to stillbirth, Sheryn is committed to raising awareness to the Still Aware cause. Whilst raising a family, working full time establishing a family business, Sheryn was a counsellor and group leader with the Nursing Mothers Association, now Breastfeeding Australia, as well as a deacon in her local Baptist Church. As a community minded person she has many years board experience including Workskil Australia, Seacliff Hockey Club, Travel Auctions Australia Pty Ltd, Proud Australia Group as well as the family property group.
Russell, originally from Liverpool, England knows first hand how important families are to one another but learnt the hard way. Russ lost both parents when he was a teenager, it was then he decided to fulfil his own dream and come to Australia in 2006. “We only get one go at life, so lets make a difference…!” Russell strives to make a difference. “Collectively if we all work tirelessly to raise awareness to save ONE life then it has been worth while” With over 20 years in hospitality, weddings and events, Russ brings experience to one string of Still Aware’s revenue raising strategies. Future Still Aware events are a part of the daily debrief at the end of the day with wife and another executive volunteer, Jen Pedder.”
Executive Volunteer & Community Fundraising & Events Coordinator
Originally based in Sydney. Jen moved to Adelaide to follow a passion in winemaking and viticulture. With management experience in hospitality and retail she is a great communicator and has a heart for helping. She has experience in fundraising for SA Dog Rescue, Pet Rescue and Still Aware. When her close friends daughter was born without breath Jen knew that she had to be part of the change and create awareness. She joined Still Aware’s fundraising committee with eagerness and desire to help families bring their babies home.
Executive Volunteer & QLD Representative (RN, RM, BN, PostGradDip Mid, MMid)
Midwife of 15 years, and currently works at a private hospital in Brisbane. She is also a childbirth and perinatal loss educator, wife, and mother to 7 children – 4 in heaven and 3 on earth. She has previously been a Parent Supporter with SIDS & Kids Victoria (now called Red Nose), and is a current member of the Perinatal Society of Australia & New Zealand Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Alliance (PSANZ-SANDA). Paula is a Sessional Academic at ACU and University Sunshine Coast, presenting lectures to student midwives and paramedics about stillbirth and pregnancy loss, and what health professionals can do to help. She also facilitates perinatal grief and loss workshops for CAPERS Bookstore. Paula is passionate about childbirth and perinatal loss education, helping break taboos around stillbirth and miscarriage, and empowering women to get to know their babies during pregnancy. Paula’s passion for perinatal loss support and education was promoted originally by her own experience. Her second daughter, Annabelle, was stillborn at 41 weeks in 2005 as a result of a silent massive feto-maternal haemorrhage. Another daughter, Bethany, was stillborn at 17 weeks in 2007, cause unknown.
Jessica works as a freelance Graphic Designer in Adelaide. In August 2014, her daughter Isobel was born a perfect baby girl, but passed away after 6 days due to major complications caused from a ‘cord prolapse’ during labour while still at home. Jessica and her husband work to raise awareness of pregnancy loss by openly sharing their journey in memory of their daughter, in hope that it will help increase awareness and support for families who have experienced loss. When Jessica learnt about Still Aware she was moved to help create change for something that was not inevitable, but could be preventable. Losing Isobel was a tragedy, but there were no signs of prevention. “I miss Isobel every day, and I can do something today in her honour that will prevent another family experiencing this same heartache”.
Having experienced the stillbirth of her first son Noah at term, Meleseini Tai-Roche is incredibly passionate about stillbirth prevention. Being a Registered Nurse and Midwife, and having worked in both Maternity Service Provision and Public and Population Health Models in Australia for several years, Mel is determined to ensure the devastating rates of stillbirth decrease across Australia. Mel has experience in clinical care for women and children, health promotion, community development, health policy, healthcare management and primary health care research. She hopes to work with Still Aware, to ensure the organisations very important message is translated into clinical practice and policy in a way which is acceptable to maternity clinicians, clinically applicable and research based and beneficial for women and their families.
On the 14th January 2016 Emma and her husband, Andrew’s beautiful little boy, Angus was born sleeping at 26 weeks, there was no reason, he was a perfectly healthy baby boy born to a perfectly healthy mother, only without breath. It was important to get life back to some sort of normality, never to forget, but with a gorgeous four year old little girl to take care of, life had to go on. Emma has now returned to work as a Food and Beverage Manager. Since then she has chosen to join Still Aware in raising awareness, encouraging expectant families to monitor their babies movements in the hope that it might just prevent another family from going through the utter heartbreak of leaving the hospital with empty arms, and an empty heart. “Six babies every day are born still. We need to talk about pregnancy loss, we need to talk about stillbirth.”
Qualified beautician and Mother of three Kim, is a passionate volunteer in the community. She has been a supportive advocate for Still Aware from the moment her niece Alfie was stillborn in 2014. As well as Still Aware, Kim runs an annual Unite 4 Kids luncheon which raises funds for Childhood Cancer Association, Camp Quality and Clown Doctors. Also taking the time to run Holdfast Sensory Playgroup, Kim is eager to create positive change in the community.