Gilbert is home to the newest Young Mother of the Year.
Shawnalee “Shawni” Pothier was named the 2011 Young Mother of the Year earlier this week by American Mothers, Inc.
Each year, the organization celebrates motherhood by naming the national mother and young mothers of the year.
Pothier and her husband, David, have five children and she writes about motherhood on her blog, 71toes.blogspot.com. She recently published her first book, co-authored with her own mother, “A Mother’s Book of Secrets.” She holds a degree in social work from Boston University and is a frequent speaker for A Time Out for Women.
American Mothers is an interfaith, nonpolitical, nonprofit organization for women and men who recognize the important role of motherhood through educational programs and community outreach.