Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Have yourself a hairy Christmas

This past Sunday the Ste. Anne's team had our annual Christmas party (this was our 22nd) hosted by Roger and his outstanding team at the Best Western in Cobourg. Despite the dire predictions of the weatherman, and a little bit of snow on the roads, most of the team made it out for a nice meal followed by the presentation of our P.R.I.D.E. awards, some gifts, and some dancing. Front desk man Robert O. stole the night, not only with his ample display of chest hair (which was later challenged by Operations Manager Richard R., both pictured above), but also with some pretty sassy moves on the dance floor as the DJ belted out tunes from the 70s, 80s and 90s. The highlight of the night was the "Pass the Zucchini Lip Syncing Contest" (you had to be there). Fun was had by all; no fist fights broke out, and everyone made it into work the next day, so all in all I'd say it was a good night. Pictured above, dining room manager David S. is receiving the P.R.I.D.E. award for Excellence, as selected by his peers. David wins 3 nights at Miraval Spa in Arizona in recognition of his achievement. Other winners were, in the category for Passion, Steve P. from Food Services, in the category for Responsibility, Cara A. from Spa Booking, in the category for Initiative, Spa Manager Natalie K. and Guest Services/Duty Manager Tanya R., and Operations Manager Richard R., in the Category for Determination, each taking home 75,000 RBC Rewards points. Congratulations to all the winners. Now, if I may, I'd like to vent a little bit about the damn weatherman. When did Canadians become such a bunch of scaredy-cats? Today's all news channels are so starved for news that they make a big deal of a little snow storm, so much so that otherwise rational people find themselves sitting at home frozen in fear in front of their television sets. We were born in a part of the world that enjoys and celebrates the seasons! Pick up a shovel, apply some common sense, allow a little more time, invest in the right equipment, (i.e., snow tires), and you'll get there safely, despite the weatherman. If all else fails, take the train, or spend the night. We had tons of cancellations this past weekend, all because of the weatherman, despite the fact that we provide door to door service from the VIA Rail station in Cobourg. If you haven't been to Ste. Anne's Spa on a snow covered winter day, you don't know what you're missing. The outdoor hot tub, the fireplace, the crunch of snowshoes on the walking trails, a great meal after the warmth of a mud bath and a massage, and all of this set amid incredible snow covered scenery. As one of my red neck associates is prone to say, "suck it up buttercup". See you in a snow bank!

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