The 2018 Mother of the Year was honored in Albany over the weekend at the Tulip Festival.

According to The Daily Gazette, the 2018 Mother of the Year was announced Sunday in Albany at the annual Tulip Fest. Wilton, NY resident June MacClelland was crowned with the honor and she couldn't be happier. "I'm absolutely stunned. I can't believe I was selected from such an incredible group of women," she said. The 61 year old always knew that she wanted to be a mother and she adopted her daughter Megan, who has Downe Syndrome, at 21 days old. Megan is now 30. Working with children with Downe Syndrome while attending Albany Medical College, June MacClelland knew she wanted to adopt a child with Down Syndrome. "They're human and they have the same wants, needs and hopes as anyone else," she said. MacClelland works for AIM Services in Saratoga Springs and was nominated by a co-worker. The company provides residential and community services for those in the area who have disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. AIM Services executive director Christopher Lyons said of MacClelland, "She's incredibly delightful to work with. She's like a mother to the 1,900 employees we service who have developmental disabilities."

A big congrats to June MacClelland on a beautiful, well-deserved honor!