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Memories of Cardinal - the Legacy


									                                        Cardinal Meat Specialists Ltd. Newsletter                                                 May 2008

Memories of Cardinal - the Legacy
My story with Cardinal began not            to the office there was this man sitting   How many units were cooked in the
too many years ago, but I’m told that       in a chair and the supervisor pointed      first batch?
as you get older your memory gets           at me and said “keep up the good
shorter.                                    job and congratulations on the good        All right, I’ll give you a clue. At the
                                            product” (which was Roadhouse). I          time we would have had to cook
It all started January 2, 1990. I was       left the office without knowing who he     45 times to equal a batch today.
introduced to side ribs on the rib line,    was; I couldn’t ask him because I had      Man I’m old!!!
(which today is known as the box            to run back to the F-6, which was
room). After a few weeks I began to         running out of meat. Only later in the     It has been an interesting time. I
understand what a side rib was. Zelia       day I found out that I had the pleasure    have many memories of Cardinal and
made sure that I knew a narrow rib is       of meeting Mr. Jackson Cator. To this      these are just some of them, but my
the back rib and the wide is the side       day I still have the F-6 baseball cap      fondest and most humble memory
rib, but it all sounded like nonsense,      I was given to acknowledge the new         I will carry with me is having the
“a cow is a cow no matter where             product.                                   honour of knowing personally all four
you grab him”. That summer I began                                                     generations of the Cator legacy.
training on the F-6. The first run we       Over the years I have had the privilege
did with Roadhouse were the 10lb            of taking part in producing products       PS. If you happen to solve the
boxes. If I remember correctly, the first   that I am proud to say, are still on the   Cardinal trivia question above see
Roadhouse sold in Price Club stores         market today.                              Brent Cator for your prize!
in black boxes with Mark Cator’s                                                       (JV is not permitted to participate) n
photograph on them.                         Here is some Cardinal trivia. Do you
                                            know what the first Kettle CookedTM                                                             Carlos
One day I was operating the F-6 when        product sold in stores was? I’ll help
the supervisor came out to tell me          you out! Side ribs cooked in Ruthanne
there was somebody in the office who        sauce, 3905!
wanted to speak to me. I thought, oh
heck! Now I’m in trouble. When I got        You’re on your own with this next one.
                                                                                                 In this issue ...

                                                                                          Contest Winner . . . .          .   .   .   . 2
                                                                                          Welcome Shaun . . .             .   .   .   . 3
                                                                                          We Care Update . . . .          .   .   .   . 4
                                                                                          Employee News . . . .           .   .   .   . 5
                                                                                          Favourite Memory . .            .   .   .   . 6
                                                                                          1+1=3 . . . . . . . . . . . .   .   .   .   . 7
                                                                                          Cartoon World . . . . .         .   .   .   . 8
                                                                                          Outlet Store Update             .   .   .   . 9
                                                                                          Dinner Dance Cont.              .   .   .    10
                                                                                          Funnies . . . . . . . . . .     .   .   .    11

                           Verdi Hospitality Centre was the place
                           to be on Saturday, February 9, 2008.
                           This year’s Annual Dinner Dance outdid                        Summer 2007
                           previous years for excitement.                              Best Burger Winner
2008 Annual Dinner Dance

                           Not only was there spectacular food
                           and music, there were prizes to be          Congratulations to Margarita M. This year’s winner
                           won and a Deal or No Deal game to be                of “Summer 2007 Best Burger”
                           played with money up for grabs. We
                           held our 50/50 draw to raise money for
                           We Care. We are once again thankful        Roadhouse burgers a la Chorrillana
                           to Kevin Collins and his wonderful wife,
                           Maria, for joining us, along with We       6   - Roadhouse Burgers (4oz)
                           Care ambassador, Anthony and his           3   small onions cut julienne (length wise)
                           parents Anthony and Barbara.               2   small tomatoes cut julienne
                                                                      1   medium red pepper cut julienne
                           We hope you each picked up one of          2   tablespoons of coriander (Fresh)
                           the fantastic calendars on your way        1   pinch Cumin
                           out. Thanks to We Care for supplying       1   Tablespoon of red vinegar
                           enough calendars for our team.             1   Tablespoon of vegetable oil
                                                                      1   pinch salt
                           In the past couple of months, Cardinal
                           has faced and conquered our single
                                                                      Pan cook Roadhouse
                           biggest challenge.
                                                                      burgers (without oil)
                                       (continued on page 10)
                                                                      in their own fat, to a
                                                                      medium rare state. In
                                                                      another skillet or pan
                                                                      warm the oil and add
                                                                      the onions, tomatoes,
                                                                      red pepper with a
                                                                      pinch of cumin. After
                                                                      a minute or two, add
                                                                      the red vinegar. Cook
                                                                      for 2-3 more minutes.

                                                                      Pour this mixture on top of the burgers and add the coriander
                                                                      and cook on low-med heat, until the burgers reach at least 71˚C

s Barbara P and Anthony                                               Serve with rice, french fries or boiled potatoes. n

       Field to Fork 2007
On November 14, 2007, there were 1600 high school
students, and 500 post secondary students and faculty
from five GTA School Boards that came to visit us at “Field
to Fork” at the Toronto Congress Centre to explore the
possibilities of employment in the foodservice industry.

We served 800 mini burgers at this event. Thank you to
Saijal, Glenn V, Anna, and Tim for all their hard work and help
with the event. It was definitely a busy one and it wouldn’t
have been possible without you. CHEERS. n                       s Anna K, Tim, Saijal, Glenn V

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Welcome Shaun - R&D Department
For those who don’t know me, my name is                  It’s always a
Shaun and I joined Cardinal Meat Specialists in          good night out
November 2007. I am working in the Research              when Alexander
and Development Department as a Product                  Keith’s is
Development Coordinator.                                 involved. I also
                                                         enjoy going to
I am a recent graduate from Ryerson University           new restaurants
in the field of Industrial Engineering and was           and trying new
fortunate enough to be hired by the Cardinal             foods.
team. The first thing I noticed working with the
company was that everyone here is friendly and           I appreciate
always willing to help.                                  the wonderful
                                                         welcome I have
When I am not at work, I try to keep myself as           received from
active as possible. Opposed to popular belief,           everyone and I
basketball and volleyball are the best sports in         look forward to
the world, both of which I follow religiously.           working with
When possible, I like to travel to new places.           you all. n
This April I will be seeing my good friend
Alexander Keith on the east coast of Nova Scotia.        Thanks,
                                                         Shaun              s Welcome aboard! Shaun

 Trade Shows - 2008
In 2008 Cardinal participated in 3 large CRFA shows
that took us from Vancouver (BC Foodservice Expo)
to Toronto (CRFA show) and finally to Moncton
(APEX) along with the help of our brokers; Riverwood     s Anna and Dale     s Chef Geoff and Jeff
Sales on the west coast, Magnum Food Brokers in          from Riverwood
Ontario and Concord National on the east coast of the

The brand messages for this year: “Discover the
Power of a Really Great Burger” and “Help Wanted”
are reflected in the visual of our booth presentation.

It was a pleasure to meet and to talk to all of our
customers in every part of the country. Thank you for
your support.

Also, Thank You to everyone who helped make
these shows happen; Interface Marketing, Cardinal’s
Shipping Department, Customer Service, the Sales
Team, our great broker teams. n
                                                         s Show Booth at the CRFA 2008 show
                                            Anna K

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                                               Friends of We Care Update

We Care Hockey Fundraiser

The 5th annual Canadian Foodservice
Cup Hockey Tournament was held                 As most of you know, Cardinal has been a major sponsor of Friends of We
on March 25 and 26 at The Sports               Care for years. Although we have raised many dollars over the years to send
Village in Vaughan. This tournament            deserving children to camp, we still think there is more we can do.
raised an impressive $21,000 to aid
in sending Easter Seals kids to camp           With this in mind, we have created an internal We Care team, which will be
this summer!                                   chaired by George and Colby. With the help of their team (Sue, Karen, Ed,
                                               and Glenn V) their goal is to raise an additional $10,000 for We Care.
This was a great event, which saw
over 300 hockey players from the               How are we going to do this? The 50/50 draw held in March and raffle fro a
foodservice industry strap on their            day off in April were only the beginning! Stay tuned, we have more exciting
skates for an amazing cause. Our               events planned! n
marketing team set up the BBQ                                                                                          Sue
outside the arena, and served
Cardinal’s Bistro Burgers and Pulled
Pork on a bun – a great success, and        defeated in our final game. All who
appreciated by all at the tournament.       participated had a great time. I hear
                                            that Eric Lindros is looking for work; I
With new recruits from our                  wonder if he does accounting.
maintenance department, we took on
Unisource (who actually won the “B”         Congratulations to the “A” division
division) but narrowly missed beating       winners - GFS Meatheads & the “B”
them. Cardinal squeaked out a win           Division winners Unisource. n
in the next game, but the pressure of                                     Glenn V.
victory was too much, and we were

10th Annual Bowling Challenge                                            On November 22 ,2007 I joined Esmeralda, Saijal,
                                                                         Johnson, George, and Gurjeet for the 10th annual We
                                                                         Care Foodservice Bowling Challenge. At first I was
                                                                         hesitant about going because I don’t bowl, but I’m
                                                                         glad I was persuaded to go. It was really fun and all
                                                                         had a great time. The day went by really quickly and
                                                                         before you knew it, it was time to go home. Cardinal
                                                                         came in 3rd place for funds raised which was
                                                                         $10,493 out of $75,000 all together. The prizes were
                                                                         really good and everyone who bowled got goodies to
                                                                         take home which was great!! Cardinal was awarded a
                                                                         flat screen TV that was brought back to the plant so
                                                                         everyone who raised $100 or more could have their
                                                                         name put in the draw. Gurjeet won the TV at the last
                                                                         staff meeting. As I said before it was a wonderful day
                                                                         and anyone given the opportunity to participate next
                                                                         year should go. n
s Johnson, Gurjeet, George, Esmeralda, Saijal, Karen                                                                    Karen

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                                  Employee News
Congratulations to Krisztina and her
husband Mark on the birth of their son
Lucas. Lucas was born on February
12, 2008 at 6:45 a.m. at the William
Osler Brampton Civic Hospital. Lucas
weighed 7 lbs 1oz and was 22 inches
long. Little sister Isabella, 2, gives
Lucas a lot of hugs and kisses and
Krisztina says she is a great little
                                                                             Koomarie      May    3
helper.                                                                      Sameena       May    6
                                                                             Carlos D.     May    9
We hope you catch up on your sleep                                           Garfield      May    9
soon!                                                                        Quan          May    10
                                                                             Maria R.      May    11
                                                                             Karl K        May    16
                                                                             Liang         May    18
                                                                             Benjamin      May    19
               Welcome to Our Team                                           Surinder      May    20
                                                                             Rodney        May    20
 The team at Cardinal continues to grow. Since January we have               Fernanda      May    28
  a few new team members both at Stanfield and at Caravelle.
                     WELCOME ABOARD!!
                      Mary A - Stanfield Production                          John P.    June      4
                    Bernabe B - Stanfield Production                         Nikic      June      12
                      Ying C - Caravelle Production                          Joao       June      12
                      Gary C - Caravelle Production                          Herdeep    June      13
                        Helen - Accounts Payable                             W. P.      June      19
                     Junior H - Stanfield Production                         Muddussar June       23
                     Maiwand - Stanfield Production
                    Benjamin I - Stanfield Production
                     Jorge L - Stanfield Maintenance
                     Garry M - Caravelle Production                                      July
                          Anna N - QA Stanfield
                      Quan N - Caravelle Production                          Daniel        July   1
                    Sukhvir R - Caravelle Production                         James C       July   1
                      Eric R - Sales Representative                          Maria A.      July   2
                    Harpreet S - Caravelle Production
                                                                             Benvinda      July   5
                                                                             Glen C.       July   17
                                                                             Mario Mac.    July   19
TIG Mild Steel (GTAW) Certificate for Arnel
                                                                             Alberta       July   19
Congratulations to Arnel for having completed his TIG welding course         Margarita M   July   20
through the Institute of Technical Trades.                                   Syed B.       July   21
Arnel is a welder by trade from his homeland and he took this course in an
                                                                             Barbara       July   28
effort to get Canadian certification.                                        Luiza         July   29


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                                                                                                                                         John V. involved in the situation and
                                                                                                                                         when Karl returned from Stanfield we
Favourite Cardinal Memory                                                                                                                waited until he was within earshot
                                                                                                                                         and the game began. I started to tell
It all started with a simple phone                                                           Funny things from George:                   John about a call Mark had received
call. George called Stanfield and Karl                                                                 PART I                            from an irate end user who called to
picked up the phone. Those of us                                                                                                         complain about the treatment they
who know George are aware that he                                                                                                        received when phoning Stanfield.
is a prankster and you never know                                                                                                        Karl overheard and started to panic.
when he will strike. George decided to                                                                                                   He wanted to know what happened
have some fun with Karl and put on a                                                                                                     and then said that he thought it was
strange voice and started asking him                                                                                                     just George. Then George says in his
questions about product.                                                                                                                 most innocent tone, “Buddy, it wasn’t
                                                                                                                                         me”. This is when Karl really started to
Karl, assuming it was George said                                                                                                        sweat. We told him that the customer
something slightly unpleasant (edited                                                                                                    was insisting on speaking with Mark
for the Birdhouse) and hung up. This                                                                                                     who was due back from a meeting at
is when the real fun began. George                                                                                                       any moment.
told me what had happened and
we decided to have some fun with                                                                                                         Needless to say we let Karl sweat a
Karl. I took out a concern form and                                                                                                      bit and then finally told him the truth.
wrote up a mock complaint. We got                                                                                                        We all got a good laugh and Karl was
                                                                                                                                         relieved to put it mildly. n
 19 Years at Cardinal - Unforgettable experience

                                                   I landed in Canada on March 20, 1989. As for every new immigrant it was a shocking experience. One month later, on April 21
                                                   I knocked on the door of Cardinal and a very nice lady interviewed me. I don’t know how because I did not know English. Her
                                                   intuition told her that I could learn the work and she was not wrong in her assumption. Her name is Linda O., and she retired a
                                                   few years ago.

                                                   Despite the difficulty to adjust to the new system, I was very lucky to find a friendly group of co-workers from different parts of
                                                   the world. However, a group of Portuguese employees and Zelia, the supervisor, explained the job to me in very slow Portuguese,
                                                   which later has become almost like my second language, even ahead of English.

                                                   During my first months I met a very polite young man in his early twenties. Sometimes he used to help us in the burger room or
                                                   later on in the rib room. Later on someone told me that his name was Brent and he was the son of the President, who in those
                                                   days was learning the business.

                                                   One day I got lost in the back room and I found a studio full of pictures taken by someone who likes old houses, boats, beaches
                                                   and sea waves. I was admiring those pictures until a voice said to me “how can I help you Margarita?” I was very surprised he
                                                   knew my name and almost ran back to the room. He was Ralph Cator. Three years later he was the man that took my photo to
                                                   celebrate my 5th year at Cardinal. It’s amazing how time has passed by.

                                                   During those first years, I met a lot of people who worked for Cardinal on a part-time basis. They were mostly high school
                                                   students, such as George D. (who is now a sales representative).

                                                   One day in 1996 when the song “The Macarena” was playing on the radio day and night, Carlos was humming the tune and
                                                   minutes later I was singing and almost dancing to it. That day I realized that we were almost like a family; until Zelia came to
                                                   stop us and put things back in order with a very serious face; but I saw the smile in her eyes. That day everybody was so happy
                                                   celebrating! We enjoyed our work and at the same time we completed the day’s production.

                                                   In gratitude to those people who were very patient with me in my first months I always try very hard to train new employees in the
                                                   same way.

                                                   19 years have passed and I have started to believe that Cardinal could be my first and last job in Canada. I think the time to leave
                                                   is getting very close. I love my work and my friends therefore the idea of retirement is not on my agenda, but the idea of going
                                                   home to my family is on my mind more frequently. n                                                                       Margarita

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                  Teamwork and the Cardinal Vision
           Cardinal will establish a national presence as Canada’s leading premium burger
                         and sealed environment cooked protein manufacturer.

This section of the Birdhouse is            and potential room for many mistakes.      we can’t deal with what seems to be
typically dedicated to teamwork and         Another example is the incredible          insurmountable tasks.
the Cardinal vision. We recently had        accomplishment John V. and his team
our company dinner dance where there        accomplished when confronted with          Congratulations to each of you for your
is an opportunity to have spouses or        the seemingly overwhelming challenge       part in Cardinal’s vision. n
significant others join us for an evening   of a class 2 recall. Through the recall,
of festivities. The evening gave me an      the entire organization drew together                                       Brent
opportunity to reflect on the critical      and the amazing individual efforts and
part that our families play in our lives    systems, which have been designed by
and the impact the extended family          team members to ensure public safety
has on Cardinal’s team. When I got          became evident. First and foremost
married I had no idea just how big an       consumers were protected, our
impact Jodie would have on my life          customers gained confidence in our
and it regularly leads me to think about    entire organization and the financial
how 1 + 1 = 3. I’m sure everyone on         impacts were minimized. There was
the Cardinal team can relate to how         a core team that stood out. John
much more can be accomplished               V., Jerzy K, Anna S., Esmeralda and
and is accomplished when we work            Lesley drew together and exemplified
together. It could be the little things     that “no one of us is as smart as
like when John P. and Roy got               all of us”. Each day when I look at
together to discuss new facility layouts    the organization I see examples of
for both our facilities. Roy also shared    things that are accomplished that if
a simple tool he was familiar with,         looked at on an individual basis seem
easily available to us in Excel, that has   impossible. 1 + 1 = 3 when people
saved our team weeks of planning            start to work on ‘how to’, not why
                                                                                       s Lesley

s Brent, Lesley, Esmeralda, Jerzy, Anna S., John V

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 Our Awesome Back Room......

                                                                                          s Anna as Dancer

                                s Colby as Captain America   s Eric as Ken

                                                              s Steve as Rocket Man
                               s George D as Elmer Fud
                                                                                          s Johnson as TV Dude

Lunar Eclipse - February 20, 2008
A Lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s shadow.
Since this occurs only when the Moon is on the far side of the Earth from the
Sun, a lunar eclipse only occurs when there is a full moon. Unlike a solar eclipse,
an eclipse of the Moon can be observed from nearly an entire hemisphere. For
this reason it is much more common to observe a lunar eclipse from a given
location. A lunar eclipse also lasts longer, taking several hours to complete, with
totality itself usually averaging anywhere from about 30 minutes to over an hour.

There are three types of lunar eclipses: penumbral, when the Moon crosses only
the Earth’s penumbra; partial, when the Moon crosses partially into the Earth’s
umbra; and total, when the Moon circles entirely within the Earth’s umbra. Total
lunar eclipses pass through all three phases. Even during a total lunar eclipse,
however, the Moon is not completely dark. Sunlight refracted through the Earth’s      s Photo take on February 20, 2008
atmosphere intersects the umbra and provides a faint illumination. Much as in a       Mississauga, Ontario by Anna K
sunset, the atmosphere tends to scatter light with shorter wavelengths, so the
illumination of the Moon by refracted light has a red hue. n                          Source of information:

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Kids Help Phone                                                 Customer’s Corner

Mike and Lynn were top bidders and            My husband & I went to Costco a
took home the Tower of Toys in support        couple of weeks ago shopping for
of Kids Help Phone. Every year Cardinal       what was to be only a few items.
Meat Specialist supports this very
important fund raising event as part of       Every time I take my husband he
our business partnership with Sobeys          always ends up wanting this n’ that,
Inc. Sobeys Inc is one of the principle       well, he wanted these “Roadhouse”
industry supporters of Kids Help Phone        pork back ribs so bad that I bought
along with companies such as A&P, Bank        them for him.
of Montreal, Parmalat and Kellogg Ltd.
Kids Help Phone provides 24 hr/day,           I must admit I was very skeptical
7 days a week telephone and on-line           about purchasing them, as I
support to troubled youths who have no        normally would do my own,
where to turn due to troubled home life,      however, we had these last Thursday night and my husband & I both
abuse, drugs, peer pressure, or a host        ranted and raved about these ribs. These have to be the best frozen ribs I
of other influences, regardless of who or     have ever tasted and would not hesitate to buy them again.
where they are across the country.
                                              We are boaters and go up the West Coast a lot and take the majority of
Mike and Lynn joined a team of Cardinal       our meats along with us putting them into our deep freezer on board. This
employees for the recent fund raising         will most definitely be on board in the freezer for sure.
dinner and were the successful bidders
on the Tower of Toys centre piece             We have also told quite a few friends as well and they saw them, but,
located on the dinner table. The toy          again hesitated. They said to us that they were so delicious that they will
manufacturer Mattel donates a Tower of        put them on their boating list too.
Toys for each of the 300 hundred dinner
tables for the event.                         Just passing along our comments, as we tend to talk about products, but,
                                              do not let the companies know how good their products are. n
Congratulations Mike and Lynn n
                                     Bill                                                                          Carol H.

                                            Outlet Store Update
                                            Cardinal’s Factory Outlet has seen many positive changes over the last
                                            4-5 months. We’ve revamped the store interior with a fresh new paint
                                            job, beautiful product display & wide variety of in-store samples available
                                            throughout the week (Wed-Fri.). Over the holidays we developed an exciting
                                            Winter Menu, which includes 7 new fully cooked items available year-round!
                                            We’ve been working non-stop promoting our new Winter Menu and yet
                                            we continue to bring in the newest Cardinal products and hottest specials
                                            available. These currently include the Tex-Mex Fully Cooked Beef Chili & the
                                            now famous 6 Half-Rack Pork Back Rib Special for an awesome price.

                                            We’re already gearing up for the fast approaching summer season here at the
                                            Outlet so you can expect lots of great deals, fun and excitement to help spice
                                            up your grills this year! Be sure to tell your friends and family about all of the
                                            ongoing specials (and free samples!) available here at the Outlet and by all
                                            means, Come on in and visit us sometime soon! n

s Mike and Lynn                             All the best                                                       Mark Jr.

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2008 Annual Dinner Dance                                           continued from page 2

Verdi Hospitality Centre was the place to be
on Saturday, February 9, 2008. This year’s
Annual Dinner Dance outdid previous years
for excitement.

Not only was there spectacular food and
music, there were prizes to be won and a
Deal or No Deal game to be played with
money up for grabs. We held our 50/50
draw to raise money for We Care. We are
once again thankful to Kevin Collins and his
wonderful wife, Maria, for joining us, along   ended the game quite differently. Each
                                                                                             Note the winners are lucky the baskets
with We Care ambassador, Anthony and his       walked away with $1000 cash in hand!!!!
                                                                                             made it to the party intact. I noticed some
parents Anthony and Barbara.                   WOW!!! Well, Brent didn’t end the game
                                                                                             people eyeballing the gourmet cookies and
                                               there as he was supposed to. He wanted
We hope you each picked up one of              to give away more money!!! We selected
the fantastic calendars on your way out.       a few additional players, Janice and
                                                                                             Oh behalf of the entire Cardinal team I
Thanks to We Care for supplying enough         Balwinder. Unfortunately Janice picked
                                                                                             would like to thank Cara, Sobeys, Prime
calendars for our team.                        the final X-box, but Balwinder won $750!!
                                                                                             Restaurants, Obsidian Group, Mr. Greek,
                                               In addition to the money given away in
                                                                                             Zellers and Pizza Nova for your generous
In the past couple of months, Cardinal has                                                   support. The prizes definitely helped make
faced and conquered our single biggest                                                       the evening more exciting and I know the
challenge.                                                                                   lucky winners enjoyed them.
Brent spoke of how the teamwork that
was exhibited by all employees was critical
to Cardinal navigating its way through all
the vital steps and follow up. With this in
mind, there was a group of people that
became Brent’s go to people throughout
this process and he recognized them and
presented each of them with a Needle-
in-a-Haystack pin. Congratulations to
John V., Jerzy K., Anna S., Esmeralda and
Lesley. Good work team!!

The game show portion of the evening
proved to be exceptionally exciting. We
played a modified version of the game
show Deal or No Deal. With 20 boxes in         the game, we also had prizes to hand
play, each contestant had the option of        out! There was a camcorder, a digital
                                                                                             The ever anticipated 50/50 was the last
picking 5 boxes and stopping when they         camera and memory card, a $500 gift
                                                                                             draw of the night. This year we raised
chose to (unless they chose the                certificate to Resorts Ontario, a $100 Cara
                                                                                             $4000 and we split Cardinal’s portion
X- box which ended their turn). In play was    Gift Certificate, a $100 Prime Restaurants
                                                                                             of this money into 4 prizes of $500. The
a whopping $4000. The lucky contestants        Gift Certificate, 2 $100 Crabby Joe’s Gift
                                                                                             lucky winners were Janice (I’m sure this
were Krystyna S., Karen, John E. and           Certificates, a $75 Gift Certificate to Mr.
                                                                                             made up for getting an X in the game),
Sonny. Of these individuals, Krystyna and      Greek, a $40 Gift Certificate to Zeller’s
                                                                                             Esmeralda, Steve and Sue. We Care not
John picked X boxes. Karen and Sonny           along with a wonderful box of chocolates
                                                                                             only received the $2000, but Brent threw
                                               and 3 fabulous baskets from Sobeys filled
                                                                                             in the additional $1250 which was the
                                               with all sorts of wonderful treats ….
                                                                                             cash left in his hand following the game. n

                                                                                             The remainder of the evening was spent
                                               You could be the winner too!
                                                                                             dancing and socializing and a great time
                                                                                             was had by all. We look forward to having
                                                                                             more employees join us next year!

                                                                                             A big thank you to Krisztina and Sue for
                                                                                             organizing the event.

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                                                   A successful rancher died and left everything to his devoted wife. She
                                                   was a very good-looking woman and determined to keep the ranch, but
            S                                      knew very little about ranching, so she decided to place an ad in the
F U N N I E                                        Newspaper for a ranch hand.

                                                   Two cowboys applied for the job. One was gay and the other a drunk.
                                                   She thought long and hard about it, and when no one else applied she
                                                   decided to hire the gay guy, figuring it would be safer to have him
This is an unusual paragraph. I’m                  around the house than the drunk. He proved to be a hard worker who
curious as to just how quickly you can             put in long hours every day and knew a lot about ranching.
find out what is so unusual about it. It
looks so ordinary and plain that you               For weeks, the two of them worked, and the ranch was doing very well.
would think that nothing was wrong                 Then one day, the rancher’s widow said to the hired hand, “You have
with it. In fact, nothing is wrong with it!        done a really good job, and the ranch looks great. You should go into
                                                   Town and kick up your heels.” The hired hand readily agreed and went
It is highly unusual though. Study it and
                                                   into town one Saturday night.
think about it, but you still may not find
anything odd. But if you work at it a bit,         One o’clock came, however, and he didn’t return.
you might find out. Try to do so without
any coaching.                                      Two o’clock and no hired hand.

Answer: The letter ‘e’, which is the most          Finally he returned around two-thirty, and upon entering the room, he
common letter in the English language does         found the rancher’s widow sitting by the fireplace with a glass of wine,
not appear even once in the paragraph.             Waiting for him.

                                                   She quietly called him over to her.
                                                   “Unbutton my blouse and take it off,” she said.
I was in a car dealership a while                  Trembling, he did as she directed.
ago, when a large motor home was                   “Now take off my boots.” He did as she asked, ever so slowly.
towed into the garage.The front of                 “Now take off my socks.” He removed each gently and placed them
the vehicle was in dire need of repair             neatly by her boots. “Now take off my skirt.” He slowly unbuttoned it,
and the whole thing generally looked               constantly watching her eyes in the fire light.
like an extra in “Twister.” I asked the            “Now take off my bra.” Again, with trembling hands, he did as he was
manager what had happened. He told                 told and dropped it to the floor.
me that the driver had set the “cruise
control” and then went in the back to              Then she looked at him and said, “If you ever wear my clothes into town
                                                   again, you’re fired.” (P.S. I didn’t see it coming either.)
make a sandwich.

The Mothers Series! Answers given by Grade 2 students                         I rear-ended a car this morning. So there we
                                                                              are alongside the road and slowly the driver
Why did GOD make mothers?                                                     gets out of the car . . . and you know how you
1. She’s the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.                     just get so stressed and life seems to
2. Mostly to clean the house.                                                 get funny?
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.
                                                                              Well, I could NOT believe it . . he was a
How did GOD make mothers?                                                     DWARF! He storms over to my car, looks up
1. He used dirt, just like the rest of us.                                    at me and says, “I AM NOT HAPPY!” So, I
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of string.                               look down at him and say, “Well, which one
3. God made my mom just the same like he made me.                             are you then?”... and THAT’S when the fight
   He just used bigger parts.                                                 started .

What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice
   in the world and one dab of mean.                                         A lady at work was seen putting a credit card
2. They had to get their start from men’s bones. Then they mostly            into her floppy drive and pulling it out very
   use string. I think.                                                      quickly. When I inquired as to what she was
                                                                             doing, she said she was shopping on the
Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?                     Internet and they kept asking for a credit card
1. We’re related.                                                            number, so she was using the ATM “thingy”.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people’s mom’s like me.

Cardinal - The Birdhouse Newsletter - May 2008                                                                          11
 The PhilosoPhy of
 Cardinal MeaT sPeCialisTs
Cardinal Meat                           Cardinal Meat                         Cardinal Meat
Specialists exists to                   Specialists strives                   Specialists
serve the needs of                      to maintain an                        firmly believes in
its customers.                          environment which                     teamwork
                                        will attract, retain
We aim to be a premier supplier                                               We will encourage all
of products and services which          and motivate                          employees to work together
our customers perceive to be of         the best people                       harmoniously and to help each
consistent high                                                               other be successful.
quality.                                possible.
                                                                              We will assist employees in
We will charge a fair price for our     We will foster a climate which will   developing plans to achieve their
goods and services.                     allow employees to perform to         goals and in relating
                                        their fullest potential.              those personal goals with the
We will maintain good                                                         achievement of group and
communications between                  We will provide employees with        company goals.
ourselves and our customers.            the opportunity to achieve job and
                                        financial security, advancement
We will respond quickly and             within the company, recognition
effectively to our customers’           of achievement and reward for
needs and wants.                        performance.

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                                                                               Thank you to Susan Sch, Karl,
                                                                               Mark Jr., Carlos, Margarita,
        Honesty and integrity will be the cornerstones of all                  Shaun, Karen, Bill C, Glenn V.,
        our dealings with customers, employees, suppliers                      and Brent for your contributions
                          and the public.                                      to this issue!

                                                                               Editor: A. Kurkowska
By doing these things in a professional, planned
manner, we expect to generate a fair profit and to
remain a healthy growth company

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