Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
A summer ritual in Canada is certainly the opening of the cottage, camp or cabin. Cottage for those in eastern Canada, Camp for those in Central Canada and Cabin for those in western Canada. All together it is that summer retreat that so many Canadians take of advantage of, whether it is their own place – a place to rent – a family compound or on the invite of a neighbour or friend.
Opening weekend is a time to get the water turned back on, sweep out the cobwebs, check the mouse traps, repair the dock, clean out the eaves, mow the lawn, weed the garden, repair the screen door, charge up the BBQ, wash the windows, take old clothes to Goodwill, plan the first vist of friends, wash down the boats, sweep off the deck and at the end of it all sit down in the wiped of lawn chair and enjoy a nice cold refreshing beer as you toast the opening weekend of summer.
It is a fascinating ritual but with it comes much joy. It’s a preparation for what will be another great Canadian summer. A time with friends and family. A time to meet new acquaintances or friends of friends passing through. It is a time to reflect upon family and how we are all getting a little older, as parents do – we do, and oh my goodness, our kids do.
Cottage – Camp – Cabin, they all represent a destination in the summer that brings folks together for great times around the campfire, a sing a long at the piano, a fresh feed of fish from just off the end of the dock, a gathering in the community, a celebration at the local festival and really just great times together with summer friends.
So raise a glass to the summer ritual of opening that special retreat. A toast to summer and responsible choices that will make it a memorable one. Cheers !
and of course…feel free to share your summer ritual…
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009
Photo: Molson Team
On May 22nd and 23rd, Caroline Losson (Marketing Director, Molson Brand), Dave Gagnon (Director, Trade Marketing Strategy), Sean Kennedy (Operations Manager, St. John’s Brewery) and I had the privilege of being asked to lead a philanthropic event at Camp Les Bosquets which is dedicated to the Quebec Society For Disabled Children. We were asked to assist the camp with some much needed maintenance and cleanup to prepare for their opening in June. To our surprise the response to the request for volunteers was almost too good. Over two days we had 48 volunteers. I guess we should have expected the Molson community to step up and help out.
Caroline, Dave, Sean and I each led teams to tackle the various tasks to prepare the camp for its opening in June such as mowing the lawn (it takes the camp’s Operation Manager Mr. Desbiens two and a half days to do it himself!), repairing/painting the decks and tables, clearing junk from the cabins, seeding the grass and other landscaping. There was some uncertainty whether we could have all 36 people be productive on the first day but as soon as we got the teams together and said “Go!” everyone “took off like a shot” as our videographer Scott stated when I spoke to him later in the day. Scott added “You guys started so quickly I had to run around the entire camp to get the before footage!”
The before and after look of the campground was quite impressive. The effort put in by everyone really hit home when the Camp Director, Richard Rioux came to speak to us on the last day before we left. Mr. Rioux explained “We get many volunteers and their efforts are always appreciated, however, I was very impressed by the intensity and organization of the Molson team”. We surpassed his expectations with how hard everyone worked and that we accomplished as much as we did in such a short time (we even ran out of paint on the first day to the Mr. Desbiens’ surprise).
It was a great experience for Caroline, Dave, Sean and I. We learned how a little effort by a group of organized people can really help non-profit organizations such as Camp Les Bosquets. Despite waking up with a few stiff joints and muscles the next day it felt good to know that Molson’s community involvement really does make a difference. Oh, and we were also able to make a contribution of $2,500 to the camp from the Molson Donation Fund. Not a bad way to cap off the event.
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