North Sydney woman going to Olympics with Team McDonald’s
Do you believe? With the Vancouver Olympics beginning in just seven days, we’ve been hearing that question often. Patti Anne Evans’s answer is a big YES!
She’s one of the 300 McDonald’s employees from all over Canada who are going to work in the Athletes Village during the games. Their store managers nominated the four Cape Breton staff members that are going and the storeowners made the final selection.
This is a great opportunity in many ways. For some it will be a first time flying experience, and for most it will be their first visit to British Columbia. For Patti Anne, a McDonalds’ employee for 31 years, it is a thrill of a lifetime. She’s the lady who greets everyone at the North Sydney store with a big smile and genuine interest and never seems tired or frazzled no matter the time of day or the indecisive customers (like me) she serves at times. Since she found out in June that she would be going she’s been bursting with excitement.
The experience has been well planned, from being met at the airport and escorted to their residence, being fitted for the official McDonalds’ Olympic uniform, to a schedule, which allows for time to attend some events, including a trip to Whistler. Patti Anne will bring back tons of pictures, memories and, with her personality, lots of new friends, but maybe more importantly, she’ll be the best ambassador we could have for Cape Breton. So if you’re in McDonalds in the next few days, wish her luck!
Whether or not the groundhog saw his shadow is immaterial; it’s winter and we have to live with it, but there are ways to make it less painful. First, remember that February has only 28 days, so once this month is over we’re almost to spring. Also, the month has lots of activity this year. Of course the Olympics will take up a lot of TV time. Even if you’re not into winter sports, the opening and closing ceremonies will be worth watching. Then right in the middle of the month, Valentine’s Day gives us a reason to treat someone special — maybe a special dinner or a handmade card? Remember that little things mean a lot. Children love to get real mail addressed to them, so send a cute card or a note to a grandchild, neighbour, or a friend’s child. They’ll remember it for a long time. My little friend Rhiannon says the best way to warm up on a cold winter’s day is to sit by a fire and drink hot chocolate with marshmallows in it. That sounds good!
Other events we can watch for will be happening soon. Tonight there is a Coffee House at the Grace Fellowship Church at 7 p.m. to raise funds for victims of the earthquake in Haiti.
Let’s celebrate every positive event: It will make the cold a little easier to tolerate. Take care.