Walmart Canada #MOTY Finalists and Inspirations #adoption
Walmart Canada’s Mom of the Year campaign asked for nominations last June and there were 16,909 nominees! It was incredibly inspiring to watch and read their stories. Now, eight finalists have been chosen for the remarkable award. The Mom of the Year Award is worth $10,000 for one mom’s personal use and Walmart Canada is also donating another $10,000 to the charity each of the eight moms has chosen. Charities range from Special Olympics Manitoba to The Southern Alberta Myeloma Patient Society. Each organization is so worthy and special as well. The grand prize winner will also see $100,000 donated to their chosen charity.
Eileen Thiessen has been a foster Mom for 46 years. She was nominated by her daughter. Five of her children are adopted and all but two of her children have special needs. Eileen chose Special Olympics Manitoba as the charity she supports. Eileen was nominated by her daughter who says her parents have been tireless advocates.Their kids are all adults now but the parents bought the home down the street and moved from their family home so their children could remain with full time staff in the place they know as theirs.
And this one Tammy MacKinnon:
Tammy is a mother of four and foster mom to at least 30. She works tirelessly to make sure no child is left behind. Whether overseas, or in her native maritime province, she strives to see that every child has a chance to succeed. She adopted two children from China and is raising two biological children also. She founded a coalition and raises money for Chinese orphanages. Her charity is the IMK Health Centre Foundation.
At the end of this month, one Mom out of the eight nominees, will win at a ceremony in Toronto. There are as many great charities here as there are women nominated. Each one is a winner and each deserves support of every Canadian.
For more information on the Walmart Mom of the Year campaign visit: http://www.momoftheyear.ca/
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].
All the nominees tugged at my heart strings!
An THAT is why YOU are an award winning writer (and also why I mentioned you in my first: MOTY post). LOVE, LOVE, LOVED how you honoured these two finalist!