North Syd­ney woman go­ing to Olympics with Team McDon­ald’s

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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.

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