February 28 2020
The Cena Family
Canadian family was reunited with a lost relative during an appearance on CBC Television's Family Feud Canada
One Port Moody family was reunited with a lost relative during an appearance on CBC Television's Family Feud Canada, January 27. The Cenas — well-known for their work in local music, business, volunteering, TV Hosting and politics — said they were shocked to see their Aunt/Half-Sister rushing towards them as they completed filming.
"Several years ago I learned I had a half sister," said Cathy Cena, — "but she had yet to meet my mother, siblings or children." Finding out about the family's appearance on Facebook, she applied for tickets hoping to surprise them.
“The audience was escorted into the same area where the contestants were have their dinner — and somehow from across the way she saw us. There were a lot of tears!"
The experience was by turns exciting and agonising, Cena continued. "We'd been stressing for months over what sorts of questions we'd be asked: 'Name something that reminds you of your grandma,' or 'Name a place where place where you meet women.' Some of our family members even threatened to pull out a few days before due to stress and anxiety."
Another twist was losing our captain, in the eleventh hour, my son, Frankie found out that he was not allowed to compete on the show due to contractual obligations to another show. This meant scrambling to find a 5th member and scrambling to find a new captain. However this leant itself to a historic Family Feud first! Frankie (a speech and debate coach by profession) would be the first ever Family Feud Coach, in his role he created practice games, developed drills and questions, managed emotions and got to practice his favourite activity – Television Hosting.
"In the end we laughed and loved as much as we cried, fought and feuded. Maybe it's the Italian in us, maybe it's the crazy in us. Either way, it was the experience of a lifetime, and it all took place on my 49th Birthday."
Catch the Cena Family on CBC / CBC Gem on Wednesday March 4th as they compete for $10,000!