May 7, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Marc Gabriel, a Fredericton native who moved away and would like to return to the province to live, is the winner of the Come Home to New Brunswick contest.
He was congratulated today in person by Premier Shawn Graham and Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault, who is also the minister responsible for the Population Growth Secretariat.
"I am truly grateful to be given the opportunity to return to New Brunswick," said Gabriel "We had been planning to return eventually, and this gives us an opportunity to visit with family and do a little house-hunting."
Gabriel was happy to be back in his home town after having moved to Resolute Bay, Nunavut.
Graham was pleased to hear of Gabriel's interest in returning.
"With 12 consecutive quarters of population growth, it is clear that more and more people are looking to come back to New Brunswick and help us build a self-sufficient province," the premier said.
Come Home to New Brunswick was targeted at expatriate New Brunswickers thinking of returning to the province. It was promoted on the Population Growth Secretariat's website and advertized on popular social networking sites over the Christmas holidays.
Contestants were asked to submit stories about why they would love to come home to New Brunswick. A random draw was conducted from a database consisting of 779 eligible applicants. The prize was two round-trip tickets supplied by Air Canada.
"Reading all of the stories and hearing the compliments being given to New Brunswick from people living in other provinces, it is obvious that we have a special thing here," said Arseneault. "We are going to continue to work to bring all of them home permanently. Having almost 800 entries in this contest shows just how big an impact our efforts to market New Brunswick are having outside the province."
MEDIA CONTACT: Brendan Langille, communications, Population Growth Secretariat, 506-471-3264.