Heather is our topic for this fine Friday. Heather is one of the catering department leads and we wouldn’t know what to do without her, she has been with the MTCC since 2011.


Hello Heather, thanks for taking a few minutes to stop by and chat with me.  I am just going to jump in and start asking you questions!

My first question to you is…..If you could learn another language, what would it be and why that choice?


French, Canada is a bilingual country and I would like to be able to speak French while travelling through Canada.

I would love to be able to speak French as well, it is a part of my heritage, but if I could learn any language, I would choose approximately 5 others- French, Mi’kmaq , Spanish, German, & Dutch (both version of dutch)


Today I am sitting with Ariel Pilon, which is a wonderful chance for me personally to get to know such an amazing young woman.  She is smart, sassy, and so easy to train on just about any job thrown at her.  Ariel brings 9 years experience in the hospitality industry to the MTCC.  Since April of this year, she has put her stamp on Kiju’s restaurant as a server, the catering dept. as a server, bartending, and Box-Office as a replacement for me when I go on holiday’s.  She is a team player and an extremely likeable character. Since the time of this interview, Ariel has been promoted to Dining Room coordinator!  Congratulations Ariel, from all of us here at the MTCC! 

This is what she has to say, some of it is very telling.


Hey busy bee, thanks so much for covering for me when I need it, much appreciated!  You seem very relaxed today, (earlier today, she scared the crap out of me, and had...

Cape Breton Celtic Classic Cut Party!

The older I get, the faster time flies. This year went unbelievably fast, I can’t wrap my head around the fact that Labor Day has come and gone.  I hope everyone had a safe and happy long weekend.  Perhaps you took in a swim, or a round of golf or two. The MTCC will be hosting the Cape Breton Celtic Classic Cut Party (say THAT fast 5 times!) This is a free event and it will be featuring Red Shed and .Slow Coaster.

To quote from the CBC Music website…


“4 guys from Cape Breton, that made their way through massive snowstorms and torrential rain, to a little shed that was red.  Together they would make up words and amplify sounds that would make no sense to anybody but themselves.” 

“Original Numbers and Obscure Classics”

Members of Red Shed are:...

Getting to Know…Wendy Christmas

Wendy is the administrative assistant for the sales department for the MTCC.  She has been with us almost a year and brings 38 plus years experience.  Welcome Wendy! 

BOX-OFFICE GLENDA: I feel as though I know you already, so let’s give our readers the opportunity of meeting you.

I should mention that you and I are the dinosaurs of the building, we need to stick together,     winkBoth of us have no cell phone!  Can you believe that? And we agree that we do not want one. I honestly think we are the last two people on Cape Breton Island without a cell!  Now on to the questions.

We all have a person in our families who just love to share a good story about another family member, what interesting...

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How Embarrssing!

I know the majority of you can probably relate to what I am about to share with you.  On Friday August 28th, my friend Marie and myself were getting together to “do” lunch.  She came to my office at 3:55 p.m. for our pre-arranged meeting time of 4:00 p.m. in Kiju's

We decided on drinks to start, Cosmo’s all around!        

  If I ever tasted wonderful in a martini glass, this was definitely it.  So smooth, so tasty, and so tempting to have more than one. After exchanging pleasantries with Carol (our very prompt and very friendly server), we got down to business to make our tummies happy.  Marie chose the lobster BLT


Getting to Know…Carmen Dunn                                                     

Carmen Dunn is an extremely bright, articulate, and busy woman.  Not only is she the Financial Controller and HR Manager for the MTCC, she is president and spokeswoman for FAACS, (Feral & Abandoned Cat Society).  Carmen previously worked at the Membertou Band Office and brings years of experience to the MTCC.  We are lucky to have her.  It is my pleasure to introduce you to Carmen Dunn.


Good afternoon Carmen, first of all, I want to thank you for all you do for me, day in and day out.  It is so nice to have a neighbor who is a spelling and grammar expert! And now onto the questions.

If you could keep just 5 things, what would they be?

CARMEN DUNN: It would depend on the circumstances.  For example;...

Now that the air has cooled and the humidity has waned somewhat, I can think coherently again. It NEVER ceases to amaze me how dreadful I feel in that sticky mess.  I thought a little trivia would clear the cobwebs out, so let’s begin shall we?


The plum tree gives us prunes. ( ewww)    


Mount  Mauna Kea, Hawaii, is the tallest mountain on Earth. (and you thought it was Everest, didn’t you).


Honey was traditionally used as an antiseptic ointment for cuts and burns. (actually, hydrogen peroxide is a component of honey)

Pepper is the top selling spice in the world, followed by mustard. (salt is NOT a spice, it is a mineral)


Getting to know…Doug Minaker                   


Today I have the opportunity of sitting down with Doug Minaker the F&B (food & beverage) service manager for Kiju’s Restaurant and catering department at the MTCC.  Doug joined our team in 2013, bringing 5 years of hospitality experience with him.  He has made a wonderful addition to our staff, and it is my privilege to allow you to get to know Doug.


Nice to see you Doug, as you know, we are sitting here to allow our blog followers the liberty of getting to know you.  My first question to you is…If you knew the world was ending in 2015, what would you do differently?


I would definitely travel more, see the world, and experience it as much as possible.

I would definitely...

It’s Happening at the MTCC!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ride a mechanical bull? Would you stay on or get bucked off?  How long could you last?  These questions and more could be answered by attending the 2nd annual Country Explosion Dance on Friday September 25th.  I would break the record!  NOT!  I seriously doubt I could climb aboard, let alone stay on for any significant amount of time, but it would be fun to try, especially considering there will be prizes for the longest ride by male and female riders.  The line dancers will be offering FREE line dance lessons, and I know from 1st hand experience, that Linda Campbell knows how to teach.  I was a student of hers for a couple of years, and if she could teach these two left feet to move, there is hope for anybody.  Perhaps you are already a pro, and would rather just dance the evening away.  “The Michael Lloyd Band” will see to it that you have your wish, and stick around for DJMajestic, who will be hosting a video dance party at 11:00 p.m.   There will be no shortage of entertainment...

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Air Conditioned Comfort

How ‘bout these temps? Wowzers, talk about feeling like a piece of limp lettuce, I have never been tolerant of humidity, that was one of the main reasons I left southern Ontario. If memory serves me correctly, I honestly don’t remember it being this humid when I first moved to Cape Breton almost 15 years ago.  I am very thankful I work in an air-conditioned office, and just across the hallway is Kiju’s Restaurant where I can wet my whistle with an ice cold pop, or feed my ever hungry belly the best Rosemary beef and greens around.  It is simply irresistible, and very nice on a hot sticky day.  Speaking of Kiju’s, this evening at 9:00 p.m. Ben Caplan will be captivating the audience with a fantastic performance, also joining him will be Taryn Kawaja.  All this entertainment for such a low cost, only $10.00 per ticket. (AND IT’S AIR CONDITIONED!!!) That alone is worth the ten bucks eh?

On Wednesday August 19,...