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Debbie Travis in her BMW X5. (Glenn Lowson for The Globe and Mail)

Debbie Travis in her BMW X5.

(Glenn Lowson for The Globe and Mail)


Ten celebrity mothers and their cars Add to ...

It is the time of the year to pay special tribute to mothers for their selfless, countless acts of kindness. As the backbone of the family, mom nurses you to health, drives you to tournaments near and far, and loves you unconditionally. Some shine in the spotlight, juggling flourishing careers with family obligations. In honour of Mother’s Day, here’s a retrospective of celebrities and business executives I have interviewed over the years, about their rides.

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Arlene Dickinson: 2010 Lexus RX450h

Arlene Dickinson is the only female investor on the award-winning TV series, Dragons’ Den. As a single mother of four, the business mogul worked her way up the corporate ladder before taking the helm of the marketing company, Venture Communications, in 1998.
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Traci Melchor: 2007 Jeep Commander

Traci Melchor’s world revolves around entertainment and her nine-year-old twins, Phoenix and Phoebe. She’s the co-host on CTVs new daytime talk show, The Social, and a reporter on the entertainment Show, ETalk.
Joan Maida

Chantal Kreviazuk: 2011 Nissan Leaf

Chantal Kreviazuk rocked the music scene in 1996 after releasing her debut album, Under These Rocks and Stones. Since then, she’s won numerous humanitarian and music awards including two Junos. On the home front, she’s married to fellow musician Raine Maida, lead singer of Our Lady Peace. They have three boys.

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Hayley Wickenheiser, 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid

Superstar forward Hayley Wickenheiser has five Olympic medals including gold from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Now, she’s a member of the IOC’s athlete’s commission and a busy mom to her son, Noah.
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Mary Jo Eustace: 2011 VW Tiguan

Mary Jo Eustace, actress and co-host of the TV series What’s for Dinner, wrote a book, Divorce Sucks, after husband Dean McDermott left her for Hollywood actress Tori Spelling. They were married 13 years; she has a son, Jack, and daughter, Lola.
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Debbie Travis: 2008 BMW X5

Debbie Travis, the leading lady of home renovations, created one of North America’s first decorating shows, The Painted House. A string of hit TV series followed along with best-selling books, a paint and housewares line, and internationally-syndicated newspaper columns. The ex-model did it all while raising two kids, Josh, 25, and Max, 24.
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Dawna Friesen: 2011 Kia Soul

Dawna Friesen is the face of Global National News. Before becoming anchor and executive editor the award-wining journalist covered major news stories for NBC, CTV, and CBC. The native of Winnipeg has one son with CTV’s Tom Kennedy.
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Sass Jordan: 2009 BMW 528i xDrive sedan

After more than three decades, international rock star Sass Jordan is still going strong. The Juno-award winning singer/songwriter has sold more than one million CDs and shared the stage with musicians such as AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, Van Halen, and Joe Cocker. At 51, the mother of two still performs at sold-out concerts worldwide.
Erin Champion

Monica Rosenthal: 2012 Nissan Leaf

Actress Monica Horan Rosenthal made her mark on TV playing the soft-spoken Amy MacDougall-Barone in the hit comedy series Everybody Loves Raymond. Later, she appeared in Hot in Cleveland and Enlightened. Her husband, Philip Rosenthal, was the creator and executive producer of Raymond. Together, they have two children.

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Gail Vaz-Oxlade: 2006 Dodge Caravan

Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s claim to fame is whipping people into shape when it comes to their finances. Her cut-throat money advice appears in print, radio, and TV on her hit series, Til Debt Do Us Part, Princess, and Money Moron. She has two children and is legally separated from husband No. 4.
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