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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Who is going to be Mom of the Year? #MOTY

I take great pride in my children and consider them my greatest achievement.

No, I am not the mother I want to be, but I am the best mother that I can be.  I am so blessed to have the opportunity to have three unique, loving souls, who I can call my children.  My heart sings each and every time I hear the word Mom, only those three small people will ever call me mom and it is not a role or responsibility which I take lightly.  

In their own way, each and every mommy should consider themselves Mom of the Year.

Previously, I wrote a post sharing the news surrounding WalMart Mom of the Year.  The applicants have all been reviewed, over 16 000 actually!  Now, the pool of applicants have been narrowed down to eight.  {I can not even image having that job.}  Don't forget that Mom of the Year will be back again in 2013 - there will be a whole new round of nominations.

Each successful applicant has won $10 000.00 for personal use, and $10 000.00 for a charity of their choice.  Coming at the end of September there is to be a gala where the ultimate Mom of the Year will be announced, and awarded $100 000.00 for their charity.

Reading through the stories of the eight finalists I felt the heart strings being tugged.  I am so proud to be called mom, amongst these amazing ladies.    I was particularly drawn to Carol Westberg.  She is a cancer survivor - in 2004 she was diagnosed with an incurable form of cancer.  Since her diagnosis she has raised money for Myeloma Patient Society and counsels patients across Canada.  Carol Westberg is who I strive to be.  Her daughter is incredibly proud and summed it up beautifully at the end of her application saying that her mom never gave up and keeps going no matter how tired or how defeated you might feel, and to persevere against all odds.

Congratulations to all of the well-deserving finalists.  What an inspiring group of women, who are the epitome of the word mom.

 








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 [www.momoftheyear.ca].

6 comments:

Brandi Yee said...

So many wonderful and touching stories! This is such a great program Walmart is doing. ALL the moms are wonderful!

Mama Ash said...

All moms are the best and you too!!
It was a nice campaign to follow and read through :)

Canadian Dad said...

Walmart gets a pretty bad rap but things like this are a good way to fix their image. Great contest and all deserving recipients!

Shayna said...

This is a great promotion. I am really enjoying reading about these amazing moms!

Annie Brown said...

This was so cool of Walmart to do... all of the stories pull at my heart strings.

NPC23 said...

I can't wait to see too! What a great program, love it!