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February 21, 2011 13:03 ET

Family Reunion Brings Together Four Generations of Canadians (Port Perry)

Ten families chosen from over 5,000 entries for ultimate family reunions

PORT PERRY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 21, 2011) - More than 100 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the Vanden Endens family of Port Perry will come together, thanks to Shaw's Amazing Family Reunion Contest.

The contest 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.

Adrian and Trudy Vanden Enden immigrated to Canada from Holland in 1953, along with their four children. Like many new Canadians, Adrian spoke no English and worked three jobs just to support his family. Over time, more than eight more children were added to the family – for a total of nine boys and three girls. The family has held smaller reunions, but family member JoAnne Prout entered Shaw's Amazing Family Reunion Contest with a larger goal in mind.

"Finding a time, place and price that could accommodate the varied requirements of the families has put an end to all 101 Vanden Endens getting together at one time," said JoAnne. "It would be lovely if just once, we could all get together so that everyone can reconnect, and in some cases, meet for the first time. Getting everyone together would be my ardent wish."

As one of the 10 contest winners, the Vanden Endens reunion will bring together family members from all across Canada, for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

"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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