Family Day 'miracle' in Calgary as Facebook unites woman with brother from Toronto

A Calgary woman is celebrating a 'Family Day miracle' after she finds her older brother though Facebook and meets him for the very first time.

'The Creator has his way of making miracles,' says eldest Levasseur sibling

Shylow Wilson and Matthew Handford found each other on Facebook. They tell us what it's like to meet each other after 25 years. 0:47

A "Family Day miracle" is unfolding in Calgary, after a Toronto man flew out this weekend to meet long-lost siblings he found on Facebook.

"I found a [seat] on the first plane and I took it out, because it's a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Matthew Handford, who tracked down his sister, Shylow Wilson, thanks to a Facebook picture she posted on New Year's Eve.

In the post, 25-year-old Wilson said she was looking for her biological brother named Matthew who was given up for adoption by their mother after he was born at Calgary's Grace Hospital in February 1987.

"I was a little skeptical, but now that I've met him, I know it's for sure him, and I'm really happy about that," said Wilson.

"[It's a] good Family Day miracle right there," she added.

Found! Shylow Wilson's Facebook post helped unite her with her older brother, Matthew Handford, after 25 years. (Mike Symington/CBC)

Unbeknownst to Wilson, Handford also turned to Facebook in December to look for his three siblings. All he had was their names on a piece of paper his adoptive mother gave him, based on some research she did back in 1996.

"I've got a little paper, something simple with all the same names... to actually put all these back stories together and put a face behind all the stories is amazing," he said.

Handford contacted a lady named Wanda Levasseur on Facebook, since she had the same last name as his mother, Marilyn Levasseur, who died at 24 after a battle with alcoholism.

He didn't hear back until Thursday last week, when Wanda showed him Wilson's post.

The Creator has his way of doing things and making miracles- Matthew Handford

"Sure enough, all my paperwork matches up," said Handford, who reached out to Wilson on Facebook and then by phone, before flying out on Saturday.

Handford has now met his brother, Brandon, but has yet to meet the fourth sibling -- a sister who was not able to attend.

"I was adopted at four days old, so it's the only family I know. To find out I've got an extended family now, it's a great feeling".

The siblings say they will definitely stay in touch, although the miracle is still sinking in.

"The Creator has his way of doing things and making miracles," says Handford.

"It took this long to get together, so [we've] got a lot of time to make up," he added.

Brandon and Shylow Wilson have a lot of catching up to do with their big brother Matthew Handford (right). (Mike Symington/CBC)


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