15 July, 2023
Inspiring women in national awards
MOYAMOYA advocate and mother Nicola Baker will represent the region on the national stage for their publishing and charity work achievements at the AusMumpreneur Awards in Sydney this August.
The AusMumpreneur Awards, celebrated in Sydney from 22-24 August, is a national event that recognises the achievements of Australian mums in business.
Based in Ravenshoe, Ms Baker started her journey when her son Jed had a stroke at 11 months. After he was diagnosed with moyamoya, she founded Moyamoya Australia to support families with a moyamoya diagnosis and fund research.
Ms Baker has been nominated in the AusMumpreneur Awards’ rural and remote business excellence and not-for-profit excellence categories.
“Our biggest goal for this year is to raise awareness so more medical practitioners pick up this disease early,” she said.
“Awards of any kind give me more people to talk to. When I won the Michelle Commins award last year, there was a room of 250 people that heard the word moyamoya, and that’s very crucial.
“I’m thrilled, this is an opportunity to network, meet some people and talk about moyamoya disease, and that opportunity on a national level is so exciting.”
Ms Baker also published a book “The Thing About Jed” with Bowerbird Publish- ing, owned by another AusMumpreneur Awards nominee Crystal Leonardi.
“I’m so honoured to be on this journey with Crystal as my publisher but also someone who’s doing wonderful things in quite difficult times, so I’m proud of her,” she said.