Minister for Women
Tasmania’s Carol Edmunds wins 2017 Barnardos Mother of the Year
11 May, 2017


Congratulations to Barnardos Mother of the Year 2017 Carol Edmunds – the first Tasmanian in eight years to take out this prestigious title celebrating mothers across the nation who are committed to shaping our next generation.

Up against thousands of nominated mothers across the nation, Carol Edmunds took out the award for nurturing her husband’s eight year old sister, who had just lost her mother, raising her as her own thirty years ago.

As a young wife, Carol Edmunds, from Burnie, made this life-changing decision, and treated her young sister-in-law as her very own daughter, taking care of Kelly’s every need and filling in for her late mother throughout her teens, twenties and thirties.

Although Carol had two sons of her own, Kelly says that Carol never made her feel any different to them – that she was loved unconditionally, and credits her own success to the ongoing love Carol gave her from the moment she was taken in.

When Kelly became a mother herself last year, Carol supported her throughout the pregnancy.

It is wonderful to see women like Carol being publicly acknowledged for their vital role that mothering plays in keeping children safe and nurturing the next generation to help realise their potential while also shaping the future of Australia.

Again, congratulations to Carol and thanks to Barnardos for the great work it does in promoting the important role of motherhood with these awards.