Shaw Communications Inc.

Shaw Communications Inc.

February 21, 2011 13:18 ET

Shaw's Amazing Family Reunion Brings Together Two Families for the First Time (Victoria)

Ten Families Chosen From Over 5,000 Entries for Ultimate Family Reunions

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 21, 2011) - Gary Hostad of Victoria recently had the chance to surprise his wife with a first-time family reunion for both of their families.

Shaw's Amazing Family Reunion launched online at 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.

"I would really like to make my wife's dream come true by bringing our families together," said Gary Hostad, one of Shaw's Amazing Family Reunion winners. "We got married alone and have just spent our third Christmas alone. In fact, my family and my wife's family have never even met. I can't think of a better way to bring our families together for the first time."

In the last couple of years, the Hostad family has faced a number of challenges. Gary's wife suffered the loss of her father and best friend, he lost his job and they are struggling financially. Amid the tragedy, they had beautiful baby daughter, who is now 22 months old. Gary entered this contest without his wife's knowledge, as he knows how much a reunion would mean to her and their entire family. Shaw's Amazing Family Reunion will help turn this dream into a reality.

"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

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

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