By Debra Downey, Senior Editor
After years of a long-distance relationship, Shaun Anderson and his grandmother, Joyce Case, held a joyful reunion over the holidays, thanks to Telus Mobility.
Case hadn’t seen her beloved grandson for more than 30 years.
As he was growing up, the proud grandma said Shaun was always her favourite subject to paint when she lost herself in her artwork.
“Painting Shawn was a way for me to stay connected to him even though I didn’t see him,” Case said. “I don't know how we lost touch. It just happened.
“Family is the most important thing in my life, and I just want everybody to stay in touch.”
Rosie Shipton, senior account executive of consumer marketing, said Telus decided to reconnect families for the holidays, because the company believes the greatest connection is the human connection.
“At TELUS, we’re in the business of connecting people, but we know that the greatest connection of all is the human connection between friends and families,” said Shipton. “So, we reached out to our communities through social media and asked Canadians who they would love to connect with this holiday season.”
After reviewing thousands of candidates, four people were chosen, among them Anderson, who lives in British Columbia, and his grandma Joyce.
Anderson now has his own young son, and a second little one on the way.
“It’s funny how having a son can really change your perspective on family and connection,” he said. “I think as parents you really have few opportunities to give your family a gift like this, and that’s why we (surprised) my grandma and reconnected all these generations.
As grandma Joyce answered the knock on her door in December, she managed a tearful, “Oh, my goodness,” before closing in for a big hug from her treasured grandson.
“To see my family at the front door, to see your grandson as a kind, gentle man, and he’s got this beautiful wife and beautiful son, it’s amazing,” she said.
“I would have never thought that I would live to see a great grandchild”
Telus Mobility, formed in 1982, is a national telecommunications company that provides a wide range of telecommunications products and services.