Hilary Marentette Scholarship

Hilary Marentette has been a pioneer and a visionary in the Nova Scotia perinatal community. She has been involved with birthing and breastfeeding families for many years, first as a pre- natal educator and then as a doula. Nicknamed the Grand Doula, she had a pivotal role in the establishment of the Volunteer Doula Program with the Chebucto Family Centre (formerly the Single Parent Centre) in 1996. As a DONA International Trainer, Hilary has been a key player in the development and promotion of the doula profession in the area and has trained several hundred doulas both locally and throughout the Atlantic region. Now retired since 2011, she continues to volunteer her time as a doula while serving on numerous committees.

Purpose of the fund

The purpose of this bursary is to infuse doulas with a keen sense of responsibility to others and an awareness of the importance of diversity in our community. More specifically, this bursary aims to provide financial assistance to a certified doula who is a NSDA member and who will use his/her newly acquired knowledge to benefit families in the community and perinatal health in general.


Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible, you must:

  1. Be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or have protected person or refugee status;

  2. Be a resident of Nova Scotia;

  3. Be registered to an event, workshop, course or conference related to perinatal health (if your participation to an event is contingent on funding, please apply and let us know that this is the case);

  4. Be a member of the NSDA;

  5. Be a Certified Doula.

Preference will be given to applicants who have not received funds in the previous twenty-four months

Value of the award: Applicants may apply for up to 70% of the totals costs of the registration fee or tuition fees, to a maximum of $400.00. The applicant is responsible for the remaining costs themselves.

Number of awards: 1 (possibly more as per budget)

Frequency of the award: Yearly

Application deadline: April 28th, 2019 at 11:59pm