Executive Volunteer & Funding Coordinator
Jaylee has worked in the Not for Profit sector for the past 12 years, predominately working within Grief and Loss organisations. Originally from a corporate background, Jaylee’s life changed when she experienced the loss of her first son Kai in 2005. This experience, although heartbreaking, allowed Jaylee to find her true passion of supporting families and working in the community to make a difference to the lives of bereaved families. Jaylee went on to complete her certificates in grief and loss support and has provided support to hundreds of families over the years. An honour she holds very closely in her heart. Jaylee has join the Still Aware team to assist in raising awareness and funds for the cause.
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.
A former Chef and now Retail assistant. Jessica’s first child Yvie was born sleeping in February 2014. Due to Feto-Maternal Haemorrhage. A preventable form of still birth, had she know what she does now, Yvie might still have been here. A passionate advocate for educating pregnant women and their carers about the benefits of monitoring your baby’s movements, in order to spare as many other families from the torment her and her family have endured. Having run a couple of successful fundraising events Jessica looks forward to teaming up with Still Aware to raise much needed awareness and funds for a cause so dear to her heart.
Delfina understands personally the profound grief and heartache that engulfs you when losing a child to stillbirth. Her daughter Elisabetta was stillborn at 38 weeks on 5 February 1993. Wanting to share her story and help Australian families, she volunteers with Still Aware to help change the face of stillbirth and give voice to cause.
Professionally Delfina is South Australia’s first female Valuer-General. Since her appointment, Delfina has delivered an extensive reform agenda for her business unit, the State Valuation Office including enhancing advisory services to the government and incorporating flexible working arrangements. She is an energetic and self-motivated professional who apart from her statutory responsibilities, enjoys developing the skill sets of her staff and providing career progression and mentoring opportunities wherever possible.
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.
A seasoned professional in corporate sales and Account Management, new mother Jessica understands first hand the benefits of monitoring your baby’s movements, after a close call in her own pregnancy opened her eyes to the devastating possibility of babies born without breath. Jessica is passionate about sharing the Still Aware message, and encouraging pregnant mothers to know their baby’s movements, and trust their instincts from early on. After all, as a pregnant woman you are your child’s only advocate.
Executive Volunteer & Social Media Coordinator
Jessica works as a freelance Graphic Designer, and part-time Fundraising Coordinator for MND SouthAustralia. 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. They live everyday in memory of Isobel. 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 shed light on the tragic truth that this happens too often and help people support other families who have lost. When Jessica met Claire, founder of Still Aware, while coordinating a fundraising event for Heartfelt and the Stillbirth Foundation, she was moved by the organisation’s efforts to change stillbirth statistics with simple education and monitoring your baby’s movements. Losing Isobel was a tragedy, but there were no signs of prevention. Jessica hopes that by working with Still Aware to help raise awareness of Stillbirth, and by educating pregnant mothers about bonding with their babies especially in the third trimester, those statistics can change!
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.