Last year we started the Mom of the Year program to celebrate the amazing Moms across this great country, and we were overwhelmed as almost 17,000 stories of love, compassion, and support 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.”
Over 24,644 tribute pages, just for Mom.
Every Mom of the Year nominee received a profile page that could be shared with her friends and family. Her loved ones could add their own heart-warming comments, making it more like a tribute page where she could see how loved and appreciated she really was.
NEW FOR 2013!Vote in one of the Final 8 Moms!
This year, we need you to help us pick one of our eight Finalists! Once the nomination period is over, we'll be picking our Top 20 Candidates who will be eligible to move on to the Final 8. The Candidate who receives the most votes from you will be guaranteed a spot in the Final 8! The Selection Committee will then choose seven other Candidates from the remaining 19 Moms to move on. Full details.
Voting has ended. Thank you to everyone who participated.
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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.
Professional Singer, Songwriter and Pianist
Multiple Juno Award winner Chantal Kreviazuk never considered a career in music until she began writing what would become her Platinum-selling debut album during recovery from a serious motorcycle accident in 1994. Under These Rocks and Stones was released to widespread acclaim in 1997, and Chantal has since become one of Canada’s most beloved Artists. With a string of distinguished albums and singles, Chantal’s drive to expand her artistry has led her to become a highly sought-after songwriter, having penned hits for Pink, Avril Lavigne, Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood, and Drake, among many others. While her professional achievements are significant, Chantal receives the greatest amount of joy at home where she raises her three sons – Rowan, Lucca, and Sal – with her husband, Raine Maida, frontman for Our Lady Peace. For Chantal, motherhood has breathed an authenticity into her life that inspires her to achieve new levels of self-discovery. Having demonstrated an outstanding commitment to human rights causes – being avid supporters of War Child Canada among them – Chantal and Raine were the recent recipients of the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award for their longstanding dedication to the world community.
Sandra E. Martin
Editor-in-Chief, Walmart Live Better
Writer and editor Sandra E. Martin specializes in parenting and personal finance — two very hot topics that dovetail perfectly with what matters to modern Canadian moms, and that inform her editorial direction of Walmart Live Better in print, online and on tablet. Sandra is well known to Canadian moms from her previous post as Executive Editor of Today’s Parent magazine, as well as through her social media networks (including more than 4,000 followers on Twitter). Before joining Today’s Parent in 2005, Sandra 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.
Comedian and Radio Host
Sophie Prégent is a familiar face on Québec television. After charming children as Cybelle in La Princesse astronaute, she was discovered by the general public in her role as Marielle from 1996 to 2001 in Le Retour, a popular television series. After graduating from the National Theatre School of Canada in 1990, Sophie won roles in several television productions, notably in Jamais deux sans toi, Scoop, Tribu.com, Catherine and Les tumultueuses aventures de Jack Carter. More recently, she appeared in Lance et Compte (La revanche, le grand duel, la déchirure), Rumeurs (seasons 1 to 6), Nos Étés (seasons 1 to 6), Miss Météo, Grosse vie, Le Gentleman II and Rock et Rolland. Her performances earned her several Gala Artis nominations, from 2006 to 2008, and she won the “best actress in a television series” award for her role in Nos étés in 2009. Next fall, we’ll see her in Claude Desrosier’s new series, Un sur Deux. Sophie has extensive stage experience. At the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, she worked with seasoned directors such as Alice Ronfard in Tristan et Yseult and in Cyrano de Bergerac, playing the bewitching Roxanne. She had roles in Molière’s Misanthrope, also at the TNM, in Antigone, directed by Louise Laprade, and in La seconde surprise de l’amour, presented at L’Espace Go. In a change of pace, she participated in Normand Brathwaite’s Gala Juste Pour Rire in 2009, directed by Josée Fortier. Sophie’s cinematic experience includes a notable appearance in Un crabe dans la tête by director André Turpin and a brilliant incarnation of the quick-tempered boss in Miss Météo, a film directed for television by François Bouvier. She can also be seen in Patrick Huard’s first film, Les 3 p’tits cochons, an enormous box-office success. Recently, she played the pilot’s wife in Piché : entre ciel et terre, directed by Sylvain Archambault, and she’ll soon be seen in Pee Wee, Éric Tessier’s next film. Sophie has also worked in radio over the last few years. From 2009 to 2011, she co-hosted Tout un retour, a daily program broadcast on CKOI.
Mom, Physiotherapist, and Fundraiser
Katie graduated with her MSc in Physiotherapy in 2006 and quickly specialized in burns and chest therapy. 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 2-year old son, Simon, who does not have cystic fibrosis. Katie is the President of the K-W & District 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. Katie believes in living each day to the fullest. In 2012, Katie became the first Canadian mother to be named Walmart Canada Mom of the Year.
President and Chief Executive Officer Walmart Canada Corp.
Shelley Broader was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Walmart Canada in September, 2011, following more than 20 years of leadership experience across the North American retail industry. Shelley joined Walmart Canada as Chief Merchandising Officer in 2010. Before joining Walmart’s Canadian division, Shelley was a Senior Vice President with Sam’s Club, Walmart’s membership-warehouse format in the U.S. Prior to joining Walmart, Shelley was President and Chief Operating Officer of Michael’s, the world’s largest retailer of arts and crafts and was responsible for the chain’s 1,000 U.S. and Canadian stores. Before joining Michael’s, Shelley enjoyed a 17-year career with Belgium-based Delhaize Group where, under the Hannaford banner, she held a broad range of leadership roles across the company’s operations, merchandising, distribution, strategy and marketing divisions. She was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer of the company's Kash n' Karry chain, and then to President and Chief Executive Officer of the Sweetbay Supermarkets division. Shelley began her career in the investment banking sector advising clients in the U.S. supermarket industry. She has a lengthy track record of public speaking and community engagement. Shelley is a Member of the Board of Directors of Raymond James Financial, Inc., The Retail Council of Canada, and Catalyst Canada.