Walmart Mom of the Year – Meet the Finalists #MOTY

Mom – chef, seamstress, chauffeur, nurse, teacher…the lists of things that Mom does is seemingly never ending, and yet some manage all that and more.  Those extra special moms who go above and beyond to not only take care of their own families but make a difference in the life of others deserve to be recognized for all their hard work.  This year to recognize how much those extra special Moms contribute to their families and community Walmart had launched a new annual initiative – The Mom of the Year Award.  After what I am sure was much difficult deliberation they have chosen 8 amazing finalists.

All 8 of the stories are touching and deserving of this award.  I would not want to be on the panel that has to choose between the 8 finalists, stories like Katie Schulz’s who not only cares for and teaches her daughter how to live with Cystic Fibrosis, but also tirelessly raises awareness and funds for CF research.  Being a mom is exhausting, but add in a special needs child plus fundraising and in my eyes you are a super mom!  Then there is  Olivine Bernatchez who in her 84 years of life has raised a family and contributed in innumerable ways to her small community in Gaspe with hot meals, fundraising and more.  A Mom like her becomes a Mom to everyone who has been touched by her generosity and spirit.

I suggest reading through all 8 stories with Kleenex in hand.  They are a great reminder of what we can accomplish at home and in our communities and why it’s so very important.  Seven of the eight finalists will receive $10,000 for themselves plus $10,000 for the charity of their choice.  Plus in a few short weeks, at the end of September, the Mom of the Year winner will be announced at a special gala event in Toronto.  The Mom of the Year will also receive $10,00 plus her charity will receive $100,000!   What an amazing way to honor Mom!  If you know a special mom who makes a difference, watch for this great campaign in 2013 to open again for new nominations!

Disclosure: I’m part of the Walmart program by Mom Central. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own. Mom of the Year Award: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY Internet access and valid email account required. Nominations open May 10, 2012 to July 8, 2012 for legal residents of Canada over the age of majority.  Entrants cannot nominate themselves. One (1) grand prize available to be won consisting of $10,000 cash, a $100,000 donation by Wal-mart Canada Corp. to charity/cause and a trip to Toronto (ARV $22,000). Seven (7) runner-up prizes available to be won consisting of $10,000 cash, a $10,000 donation to charity/cause and a trip to Toronto (ARV $22,000).  Charity/cause subject to verification and final approval by Wal-mart Canada Corp., at its sole discretion. Odds of winning depend on how the judging panel evaluates each entry according to the criteria. For Official Contest Rules and to nominate an entrant, visit [].

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