Ten Families Chosen From Over 5,000 Entries for Ultimate Family Reunions
SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN, Feb. 21, 2011 (Marketwire) --
Dena Akre of Saskatoon will soon get the chance to bring together her family who is spread all across Canada for the very first time.
Shaw's Amazing Family Reunion launched online at www.togetherisamazing.com on November 29, inviting Canadians to create a virtual scrapbook page sharing their story of why they wanted to reunite their family. More than 5,000 Canadians created family scrapbooks and shared their incredible stories. Ten deserving families were chosen by a panel of judges and will have the opportunity to create their dream family reunion valued up to $25,000.
The Schofield family has a total of 12 children who were all born and raised in Chatham, New Brunswick. As life took course and the children began to leave their hometown in New Brunswick, the distance of our great country took its toll on the Schofield family. With the Schofield's spread across Canada and a family member living in every province and territory, the sheer distance from one end of the country to the other has prevented the family from getting together regularly.
"With such a large family, spread out across the whole country, it's been impossible for us to get everyone together," said Dena Akre, one of Shaw's Amazing Family Reunion winners. "It was my uncle's dream to bring us all together and with the help of Shaw we'll be able to make that happen."
Last year, bad news struck the family when they found out that Tony, one of the brothers in the family, was diagnosed with cancer. Upon learning of his diagnosis, Tony made it his mission to bring together his entire family for a family reunion. Tony had started planning the reunion in Manitoba for later this year, but sadly lost his battle with cancer and passed away before he could see his dream come to fruition. Shaw's Amazing Family Reunion will make sure this dream comes true by bringing together the entire Schofield family in memory of their Uncle Tony.
"We're thrilled to have had so many entries to the Amazing Family Reunion Contest - Canadians have shared some truly wonderful, heartwarming stories with us," said Brad Shaw, CEO, Shaw Communications Inc. "Together is Amazing is all about the power of bringing people together and Shaw is incredibly fortunate to play a part in bringing these families together to create lasting memories."
To learn more about Together is Amazing - and the other incredible winning submissions, visit www.togetherisamazing.com.
About Shaw Communications Inc.
Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.4 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, History Television and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (TSX:SJR.B)(NYSE:SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.
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