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Because Mothers Matter Awards 2023

The Because Mothers Matter Awards took place on May 10th, 2023

It’s was an event unlike no other! The Mothers Matter Centre (MMC) celebrated the everyday yet extraordinary actions made by women across Canada at our annual Because Mothers Matter Awards.

The 2023 Because Mothers Matter Awards took place in person and on Zoom,

on May 10th, 2023 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm PDT.

To view highlights from past events, visit our YouTube page here and scroll through our 2022 BMMA playlist.

About the event

The event spotlighted stellar achievers – from prominent Canadian moms to a select circle of outstanding mothers involved in the HIPPY program. All deeply committed to their communities, these women exemplified the uniquely powerful role of mothers in leading social change.

The theme of the Gala in 2023 was “The Legacy of Change: Principles, Practice, and People” – a legacy each honouree had brought to the world by contributing to the HIPPY program’s life-changing work over the past 23 years.

The event’s Mother of the Year was Debbie Bell, the founding CEO/President of the Mothers Matter Centre. We also celebrated three outstanding HIPPY Coordinators – women who themselves had started in the program as HIPPY mothers and had committed their lives to operating HIPPY sites across Canada. Additionally, we presented the Trailblazer Award to the Honourable Dr. Hedy Fry, who had demonstrated foresight and boldness in forging positive change.


This event and our programs are made possible through the generous support of our partners and donors. 


Celebrating Debbie Bell’s 30 Year Legacy

Debbie Bell, CEO,
Mothers Matter Centre

BMMA 2023 Honourees

Luz Buritica (2009-2023) Outstanding Coordinator
Osiris Lopez (2000-2023) Outstanding Coordinator
Daniela Pau (2009-2023) Outstanding Coordinator

Trailblazer Award Recipient

Hon. Hedy Fry (1998-2023) Trailblazer Award

Tickets and Table Access

Gold Table: $5,000

Recognition on event materials and opening slideshow – Quarter-page ad in the event program – Table at the event for up to 8 guests

Silver Table: $3,500 

Exclusive Virtual Room for up to 12 guests – Table at the event for up to 8 guests

Virtual Table: $1,500

Recognition on event materials and opening slideshow – Virtual table for an unlimited number of guests

Individual Access: $300 


Non-Profit Access: $150

Master of Ceremonies

Gloria Macarenko, CBC Host

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