Mom of the Year is back to celebrate Canadian Moms.
Two years ago, we started the Mom of the Year program to celebrate the amazing Moms across this great country, and we were overwhelmed by all the stories of love, compassion, and support that poured in.
We can’t wait to share the love (and tears) all over again. And with a few surprises in store for our Moms this year, it truly is the perfect time to give thanks and say, “here’s to mom.”
This year, we've added an FAQ page to help answer any questions you might have about Mom of the Year! Take a look - if you have questions, chances are we have your answer.
Take a look at our 5 categories and nominate a mom in your life for one of them.
Is there a mom in your life who’s made a positive impact on the environment? Whether she’s making her local community greener, or supporting a larger global initiative, she’s making our a world a better place and we want to hear her story!
Know a mom who’s taking the initiative to bring the community together? Whether it’s her local neighborhood or the entire world, she’s making a difference in our society and we want to hear her story!
Who’s that mom in your life that really knows the value of a dollar? If she’s a smart saver who’s dedicated to providing for her family and knows how to live better on a budget, we want to hear her story!
Do you know a mom that would do anything for her family? If she’s the ultimate giver who puts her family first every day, we want to hear her story!
Is there a mom in your life that does it all? If she’s caring, active in the community, and a role model to her children, we want to hear her story!
Meet the Selection Committee
Our five Mom Ambassadors bring a wealth of experience to the table - which is good, because they're going to need all the help they can get.
Susi Vander Wyk
2013 Walmart Mom of the Year
Susi Vander Wyk is dedicated to raising awareness and providing support to families and children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). At two-years-old, her daughter Holli was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2. After a year of struggling with Holli's diagnosis, Susi started EPIC - a support group for parents of children with all types of disabilities, which she facilitated and led for five years.
Susi became actively involved in Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Canada, where she organized charity dinners and dances to raise funds for the charity. She has also facilitated and run a summer camp for the past 13 years and invites families who have children with SMA from across the globe to join them.
Susi and her husband Bruce host events on their dairy farm throughout the year. They have Easter egg hunts, Christmas parties and camp fires for families with children who have SMA. Two years ago when the president of Families of SMA Canada stepped down, Susi stepped up again for her community and stepped into a role as president of a nationwide charity.
Susi and Bruce live in Chilliwack with their three children Dexter, Holli and Amy.
Sandra E. Martin
Editor-in-Chief, Walmart Live Better
Writer and editor Sandra E. Martin is well known to Canadian moms as the founding Editor-in-Chief of Walmart Live Better and Vivre mieux Walmart, as well as through her social media networks (including nearly 5,000 followers on Twitter).
Before launching Walmart Live Better in 2013, Sandra served as Executive Editor at Today’s Parent magazine. Prior to that, she worked double duty as personal finance correspondent for Global TV and as a reporter with the Financial Post. She also launched the National Post’s FP Weekend money section. Prior to that, she spent nearly five years at MoneySense magazine, where she developed a reputation with TV and radio producers as an approachable, understandable on-air source.
In print, her byline has appeared in Chatelaine, More, Cottage Life, Reader’s Digest, MoneySense and, of course, Today’s Parent magazine, as well as the National Post and The Globe and Mail newspapers.
Sandra holds a degree in journalism from Ryerson University and has also completed the Canadian Securities Course. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two young daughters.
Executive Vice-President of Marketing Walmart Canada Corp.
Sandra Sanderson recently joined Walmart Canada as Executive Vice-President of Marketing. With an accomplished career in the marketing field, Sandra dedicates her efforts to helping Canadian moms save money and live better. Before joining the Walmart Canada team, Sandra entered the retail industry as the Chief Marketing Officer of Danier Leather and later became the Senior Vice-President of Marketing at Shoppers Drug Mart. Prior to Shoppers Drug Mark, Sandra worked in a variety of industries and companies from Procter & Gamble, Kraft and Coca-Cola in consumer packaged goods, to Canada Post in the public sector and NBC Universal in the entertainment field.
Sandra was one of Strategy’s 2012 Marketers of the Year and is actively involved in the marketing community. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Marketing Association, and was the Chair of RCC’s Senior Retail Marketing Committee, as well as the Advisory Board of the Shopper Marketing Forum.
Sandra lives in Unionville with her husband Jim, and their two children, Brooke and Ryan.
Mom, Physiotherapist, and Fundraiser
Katie graduated with her MSc in Physiotherapy in 2006 from McMaster University. Three years later she gave birth to Sophia, who was hospitalized for one month with a bowel obstruction and diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Katie focuses her efforts and physiotherapy skills on her daughter, who requires 2 hours of life-sustaining chest therapy daily, and dozens of pills and supplements to digest her food. She also has a 3-year old son, Simon, who does not have cystic fibrosis. Katie is the President of the Hamilton Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Canada, and has written a children's book about cystic fibrosis for her daughter, available online and in libraries across Ontario. She continues to work part-time with McMaster University, is a full-time mom, and actively fundraises for Cystic Fibrosis Canada year-round. Katie believes in living each day to the fullest. In 2012, Katie was Walmart Canada's first ever Mom of the Year.
Executive Editor of Walmart Live Better and Vivre mieux Walmart
Liza Cooperman is the Executive Editor of Walmart Live Better and Vivre mieux Walmart. She served as Managing Editor, Specials, at Rogers Publishing, and founding Executive Editor of Hello! Canada. She was Editorial Director of Sweetspot.ca, and Books Editor of the National Post. Liza has edited and written for magazines including Maclean's, Chatelaine, Canadian House & Home, and Flare. She lives in Toronto with her husband and three kids.