of Non-profit organization, Postpartum Depression Awareness (PPDA)
This month Tascheleia Marangoni, Founder and Executive Director of PPDA has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her ongoing work to help increase awareness and resources for postpartum depression. Having founded the organization and an awareness period for PPD in December of 2010, Marangoni has worked very hard over the past two years to truly make a difference for those suffering form postpartum depression & mood disorders. The commemorative medal is being presented throughout the year to 60 000 deserving Canadians to celebrate significant contributions and achievements, and to recognize those who, like Her Majesty The Queen, have dedicated themselves to service to their fellow citizens, their community and their country.
The organization has grown substantially over the last year. It's beginnings in Edmonton, Alberta, It has grown to Calgary and now the Okanagan Valley, slowly becoming a Western Canadian organization. This past summer Marangoni relocated FROM Edmonton, Alberta TO Kelowna, British Columbia creating the opportunity to expand the organization. Marangoni spent much time in the Okanagan as a child as it was her Father's home and she is overjoyed to now call it her home as well! Marangoni's move to Kelowna means and increase in resources and support groups for postpartum depression in the area.
This will be PPDA's first year releasing a calendar as another way to increase awareness and raise funds for the organization. The calendar will be available December 1st in select retail outlets in Edmonton and Kelowna and sells for $20.00. It contains beautiful, professionally done black & white photos of expecting women and babies accompanied by inspirational quotes.
This coming JANUARY will mark the third annual AWARENESS MONTH for POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION. Beginning in Edmonton the first year, expanding across Alberta the second year and now including Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and Vancouver in British Columbia this year, this awareness month is a very important step in educating the public about this widely misunderstood illness. PPDA will be holding events in Edmonton, Calgary and the Okanagan to raise awareness during the month of January.
PPDA is a growing
organization making a difference. We are always looking for help and