Walmart Canada Announces Susi Vander Wyk as the 2013 Mom of the Year

Walmart Canada Announces Susi Vander Wyk as the 2013 Mom of the Year 
The Mom of the Year recognized at a gala dinner held at the Thompson Hotel 
TORONTO, Oct. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - After a day of pampering and a gala dinner 
featuring a performance by Nikki Yanofsky and a surprise performance by 
Chantal Kreviazuk at the Thompson Hotel, Susi Vander Wyk of Chilliwack British 
Columbia, was officially named Walmart Canada's 2013 Mom of the Year. 
In honour of all that moms do, Walmart Canada launched the second annual Mom 
of the Year Award on Mother's Day to give Canadians the opportunity to 
recognize the enormous contribution mothers make to their families and to 
their communities. Since then, nearly 25,000 nominations came in across the 
country from individuals who wanted to show appreciation for, and say thank 
you to, inspirational moms in their lives. 
From the 24,644 nominations, eight finalists and their families arrived in 
Toronto on October 5 to spend the weekend at a luxury hotel and a day of 
pampering and makeovers. In celebration of the incredible dedication each of 
these women, Walmart will donate $100,000 to Families of Spinal Muscular 
Atrophy Canada Society, Susi's charity of choice and $10,000 to the charity of 
choice of each of the other seven finalists. During the gala awards ceremony 
at the Thompson last night, all eight finalists were rewarded with $10,000 for 
themselves and Susi Vander Wyk was announced as the 2013 Walmart Mom of the 
Susi Vander Wyk is dedicated to raising awareness and providing support to 
families and children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Susi is a mother to 
three children Dexter, Holli and Amy. When Holli was two-years-old she 
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. 
As well Susi became actively involved in Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy 
Canada. Susi organized charity dinners and dances to raise funds for the 
charity. She has 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. As well as organizing the camp, 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. 
"We are thrilled to bring the Mom of the Year Award back for a second year," 
said Shelley Broader, president and CEO of Walmart Canada. "Once again, it 
has been an inspiring journey to review all the amazing stories of admirable 
women from across this nation. We are honoured to announce Susi Vander Wyk 
as Walmart Canada's 2013 Mom of the Year, and we celebrate her and every mom 
here tonight for their outstanding job of being a mom." 
Walmart Canada and Mom of the Year Selection Committee members including 
professional singer, songwriter and Juno Award-winner, Chantal Kreviazuk, 
alongside notable Quebec comedian, actress and radio host, Sophie Prégent, 
the 2012 Mom of the Year, Katie Schulz, Editor-in-Chief of Walmart Live Better 
magazine, Sandra Martin and Shelley Broader are also proud to recognize the 
following seven finalists that shared in Sunday night's gala event, as well as 
the charities they support that will be receiving $10,000 from Walmart Canada: 

    --  Diane Bertin, Beresford, NB - Bathurst Volunteer Center
    --  Marisa Bertoia, Thornhill, ON - "Skate with Daniel" Labatt
        Brain Tumour Research Centre - Sick Kids
    --  Elisabeth Linton, Toronto,ON - The Sanfilippo Children's
        Research Foundation
    --  Joanne Poisson, Sherbrooke, QC - Service de Surveill Anges
    --  Stephanie Roung, St.George, ON - MitoCanada Foundation
    --  Krystal Shipley, Surrey, BC - Canuck Place Childrens Hospice
    --  Josée Vigneault, Trois-Riviéres, QC - Société canadienne de la
        sclérose en plaques

For more information about the Walmart Canada Mom of the Year Award, visit

About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 380 locations nationwide including 
219 Supercentres. The retailer serves more than one million customers each day 
at its stores, and its online store,, is visited by over one 
million Canadians daily. With 95,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one 
ofCanada'slargest employers and is recognized by Waterstone Human Capital 
as having one ofCanada'stop 10 corporate cultures. Walmart Canada's 
community giving program is focused on helping Canadian families in need. 
Since 1994, Walmart has donated and raised more than$180 millionto 
Canadian charities and not-for-profit organizations. Additional company 
information can be found,

SOURCE  WalMart Canada 
Jennifer Stein / Hilary Lawton at APEX 416-934-2111/ 416-934-2123 / 
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