Chantal Kreviazuk on Honouring Moms

Motherhood is a great unifier, for those of us who have the privilege of experiencing it. From being up all night with a tiny baby to the “joys” of taking your two-year-old grocery shopping to the amazement of watching those first steps, there are certain things all moms can relate to. Canadian singer, songwriter and multiple Juno award-winner Chantal Kreviazuk is no different. That’s why this mom of three boys aged five, eight and nine is teaming up with Walmart Canada for their Mom of the Year contest.

Chantal Kreviazuk on Mothers and Positivity
Chantal Kreviazuk
Chantal and her mother

We recently had the chance to connect with Chantal for an interview, and she shared, “I was just immediately drawn to this idea of celebrating. If we think about what we focus on as a society, what could be a more positive force than our mothers?” Even just nominating someone as Mom of the Year can be really meaningful, as Chantal explains. “It gives you a chance to express how much someone means to you.” What greater gift could a mom ask for than to receive recognition for the work she does every day?

These days Chantal Kreviazuk and her husband Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace live most of the time in Los Angeles, where their children attend school. However, they also have a home here in Toronto, and make a point of bringing their kids home to Canada as often as possible. Over the summer they have been known to spend a lot of time in Northern Ontario. They usually visit in the winter as well, often returning to Winnipeg where Chantal grew up. Chantal says, of Canada, “I feel like I live in the whole country.”

Instilling Canadian Values

Chantal and Raine want to instill Canadian values – like peace-making – in their children. She says, “We do a lot of work with our kids around being pragmatic in their communications, to reduce conflict.” She also works to instill a charitable ethic in her kids, which she feels is another part of being Canadian. This charitable ethic ties in well with the Mom of the Year contest, as the winner will receive $100,000 for the charity of her choice.

As one of the judges for the Mom of the Year contest, Chantal has her work cut out for her, with over 12,000 entries so far and counting. We asked her what she’s looking for in the entries. She explained, “A great mom puts her kids first, of course, but also brings blance and shares her own gifts with the world.” Like all moms, Chantal is experienced with the juggling act that is parenting. She struggles with pursuing her own career as a mother, while also making time for her children. She shares, “Being human is a quest for validation, to be given a voice, to feel like you matter. That’s what I want for my children to feel from me.”

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To nominate a great mom in your life for Mom of the Year, visit momoftheyear.ca before June 16, 2013. And voting begins on July 4, 2013, so be sure to stop by to cast your own vote in the contest.

Amber Strocel

Amber Strocel is the Managing Editor of City Mom Now, the parent network of Toronto Mom Now. She is a writer, podcaster, ardent crafter and green mom, who believes strongly in the power of the Internet to connect and empower. You can follow her on her personal blog at Strocel.com.

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