A note from MI-AIMH President, Joan Shirilla:
It is my great pleasure to announce that Deborah Weatherston, Executive Director of the Michigan
Association for Infant Mental Health, is being awarded the Sonya Bemporad Award on behalf of the
World Association for Infant Mental Health in recognition of her significant contributions to the
advancement of social and public policies that contribute to the mental health and overall benefit of
infants, toddlers, and their families. Debbie will receive this prestigious award at the World
Association of Infant Mental Health Congress later this month in Capetown, South Africa.
This award recognizes Debbie’s work as instrumental in developing infant mental health services and a
trained work force not only here in Michigan but in other areas of the United States and the world as
well. The Central Office staff and MI‐AIMH Executive Committee are delighted to see Debbie’s longstanding
efforts and collaborations recognized on an international level.