Lincoln, NB (December 12, 2013) – The Fredericton International Airport Authority (FIAA) is delighted to announce the winner of our Home for the Holidays contest: Joshua Paul.
“I can’t tell you what this means to us. It’s just a dream come true,” an emotional Joshua said after learning that he’d won.
The Home for the Holidays contest ran November 27 until December 5, 2013 and offered the chance for one Fredericton-area family to bring up to two loved ones home to spend the holidays by telling FIAA the story of who they were missing this season, and why they’d like to have them home in Fredericton.
Joshua’s entry was a heartfelt plea to bring his brother Jeff home. Joshua asked to bring his brother home not for himself, but so that Jeff could see his of 9-month-old daughter Kennadi.
Like many New Brunswickers, Jeff has had to leave the province to find employment, which meant that shortly after his daughter’s birth he had to leave her behind. He has only been able to see his daughter once since.
“I can’t imagine having a child and not being able to see her,” Joshua wrote in his entry.
Making the situation even more emotional for this family, Jeff was in a serious car accident and as a result, he was airlifted home just a few days before the contest winner was announced. Even though Jeff is already home we were able to help bring this family together: Joshua also asked to bring home his mother Clarissa, a community health nurse in Regina.
“When my son called and said ‘Mother, pack your bags, you’re coming home for Christmas,’ I just couldn’t believe it,” says Clarissa, echoing her son’s sentiment that it’s a “dream come true.”
The selection process was challenging as each and every story was read in order to select the top 24, and a random draw from those names selected the winner.
“We were supposed to narrow it down to a top 10 before the draw,” says John Hamilton, Marketing & Business Development Director, “but we just couldn’t do it. There were too many deserving families who had poured their heart into their submissions.”
FIAA is delighted to be able to bring Clarissa home to spend the holidays with her first grandchild Kennadi, her recovering son Jeff, Joshua, and the rest of her family.