One of the most memorable and proudest moments from IGNITE 2015 international convention was when we honored a very remarkable woman with one of the most inspiring awards we could give to anyone within the OG Family!  Inspired by one of the most amazing women we have known, the 2015 Rene Ikeola International Courage Award was given to another amazing woman who wins… 

Mrs. Josie Morand

Josie sat down with us to share her inspiring story, and spoke about opportunity, inspiration, and the importance of family, balance, spontaneity and hugs.

Can you tell us a bit about your background? In Poland life was much harder. My parents were farmers working around the clock and raising five children. Although we had very little, I always remember my mom welcoming people who had no family, or those in need of a meal, into our home, explaining to us that there is always enough for one more person. That was such a great lesson, and one that I will always practice.

When I immigrated to Manitoba, Canada, with my family from Poland at the age of fourteen, I did not speak a word of English. I learned to speak English from my father, who taught himself to speak in order to seek out job opportunities to provide for our family. My father saw this country as an opportunity for his family, and repeatedly told us that if we did not succeed in doing something at first we needed to do it again, and again, and again. I followed his advice, and at the age of seventeen I went to work for the Royal Bank of Canada, where I quickly moved up the ranks. I studied computer science, marketing, payroll, human resources and other areas of banking. I enjoyed my entire career in banking, at the Royal Bank of Canada, and took early retirement to support my husband, Shane, in his ORGANO™ business.

What inspires you every day? I am inspired by my husband’s positive mental attitude — just seeing him wake up inspired also inspires me. I am a hands-on person, and as a founding board member for the OG Cares Foundation, I have much to do. I also love to cook for neighbors, friends, and family that appreciate a home cooked meal, and use the telephone to support causes that OG Cares is sponsoring.

What is the most important thing in your life? Family, family, family. And more family! Shane comes first and then all the others in my immediate family – my daughter, son-in-law, my grandchildren, and my siblings and their families.

Josie is now retired and spends much of her time helping her husband, ORGANO™ Co-Founder and Global Master Distributor, Shane Morand, behind the scenes, where she feels right at home!