Washington, DC – American Mothers Inc. ® has named the state Mother of the Year® and Mother of Achievement honorees for 2016. Candice Jesclard from Anchorage, AK has been selected to represent the state of Alaska. She will serve as an ambassador for mothers across the country and will be recognized at an annual national conference in Washington DC on April 26, 2016, where the National Mother of the Year will be named.
American Mothers Inc. ® is celebrating its 81st year of nationally honoring motherhood, educating on issues impacting mothers and children at home, at work, and in the world. American Mothers recognizes the contributions and commitment to family and community that moms exhibit on a daily basis.
Candice Jaye Jesclard was born in El Paso, Texas on August 5, 1952 to Jay and Georgia Riggs. She wasn’t even a year old when the family moved to New Mexico so her father could finish college. The big adventure came when her family loaded into a station wagon and drove the ALCAN Highway to relocate in Anchorage, Alaska. Candi attended junior high and high school in Anchorage. After graduation, she attended Western New Mexico University and Brigham Young University majoring in English. While attending BYU she met her husband, Lawrence (Larry) Jesclard. They were married and had their first son while still at BYU. The family moved back to Alaska and had five more children; four daughters and another son. Candi and her husband owned three businesses together, all of which were fire protection related. Larry passed away in 2009 and Candi still owns and operates their last business.[xyz-ihs snippet=”adsense-body-ad”]
Candice was selected from nominees from across the state as Alaska Mother of the Year because she excels in her role as a mother and as a community leader.
“Every year we are amazed by the passion our “moms” have for being a mother and improving the lives of those around them,” says Dianne Callister, President of American Mothers. “It’s inspiring to see so many women who embody the selfless, caring spirit of motherhood and who are using that maternal energy to make the world a better place.”
Mother of the Year® nominees qualify for the honor by having one or more children and being amazing in their role as mom. Nominees for Mother of Achievement should be an individual who has made a significant contribution to improve the lives of mothers and children in her community and/or the nation but she does not need to have children to qualify.
The public is invited to nominate their favorite “mom” annually from Mother’s Day to November 15 at https://www.americanmothers.org/nomination-form.