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Collage of photos from holiday crafting event

 

For quite some time now, the REM team has had a lot of fun coming up with great holiday card ideas! We have thoroughly enjoyed spending time together as a team to give our customers something fun every year, and we’re beyond happy that you all have enjoyed them over the years.

 

This year will be no different – we promise to deliver. With second wave of the pandemic, things had to go a bit differently this year, some of us were able to gather in the office (socially distancing ourselves of course) while Christine and Ryan joined in the fun from home! In anticipation that we will likely be on lockdown for the holiday season, we decided to give our masks a little face lift, while listening to some holiday tunes.

 

This yearly gathering of ours has always been one of my favourites – and I’m incredibly happy that we were able to maintain this REM tradition – it may have looked a bit different, but the giggles and comradery surely brought back a sense of normalcy to our team – even if it was for a couple of hours!

 

Check out some pictures from our crafting event and keep an eye out for the finished product next month!

 

Sean McParland crafting

 

Ryan and Christine in a video chat

 

Sean Legge and his markers

 

Shauna crafting

 

 

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A graphic that says Happy Thanksgiving

 

Being raised as a first generation Canadian by my Guyanese grandparents meant that food was not something to take lightly. My grandmother raised and fed three children and three grandchildren - she really had a knack for feeding us all on an extremely tight budget. This meant that Thanksgiving became quite a tradition in our home. It was a meal that we all looked forward to each year, it brought us together and it was always elaborate. For as long as I could remember it was the one meal that my grandmother cooked for us that we had in common with everyone else we went to school with. Which naturally made me very grateful when marching back to school with a lunch made purely of leftovers just like everyone else.

 

Over the past 10 years I personally have taken over the task of cooking Thanksgiving dinner, filling my home with our loved ones and serving up everyone’s favourites including my own – Mashed Potatoes. I have perfected my recipe which is an amalgamation of my grandmother’s and mother’s and makes me drool just thinking about it.

 

 

As I plan out this year’s meal, I figured I might add something new into the mix, so I asked the REM team for their help – for them  to share with me their favourite thanksgiving foods and why:

 

 

“My favorite food is the Turkey that Kim (my wife makes).  I am not just saying that for brownie points.  She does a great job with it.  In fact, the entire thanksgiving meal she does is a yearly cuisine highlight!” – Rob Matlow

 


 

“Like many people we have a turkey meal on thanksgiving, but when it comes to my favourite part, I would have to say it’s pumpkin pie. Now when I say pumpkin pie I don’t mean a slice of pumpkin pie on a plate with a little shot of whipped cream on top. I mean a slice of pumpkin pie located somewhere beneath an avalanche of whipped cream. Basically, the rule of thumb is if you can decern that there is indeed pumpkin pie located somewhere on the plate then you need more whipped cream.” – Sean McParland

 


 

“All things pumpkin! Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie, pumpkin pie ice cream, pumpkin seeds… Because it’s PUMPKIN! Do I need to say more!” – Todd Hannigan

 


 

“Pumpkin Pie – If I ever leave room for it, its been my favorite since I can remember. It usually only comes around once a year and is a tradition for my mom and I enjoy, even if we are the only ones that ever like it.” – Sean Sanderson

 


 

“Because I’m Filipino-Canadian, my favourite Thanksgiving food are traditional Filipino ones such as lechon (roasted pig), pancit (stir-fry noodles) and lumpia (deep-fried spring rolls). We eat a traditional Filipino feast to celebrate Thanksgiving.  We gather as a family and serve the dinner as a pot-luck, that way each family has to contribute one type of food to the party; there’s always plenty of leftovers the next day because I have a lot of relatives!” – Christine Votruba

 


 

“Cranberry sauce. The jelly kind. I don’t like finding bits of cranberry stems in my sauce.” – Ryan Covert

 


 

“My favourite Thanksgiving food is the whole meal- from the Turkey to the cranberries.  But most of all is the time spent with family.” – Matt Stern

 


 

“My favourite thanksgiving food is carrots and neeps. It’s a delicious dish that my Granny started making for our Thanksgivings, then my father took over, and now I’m making them. So, it’s a bit of a family tradition now!” – Sean Legge

 

 

As you can see, I have a fair amount to work with, but I would love to hear from you! Please comment and share your favourite Thanksgiving eats – who knows, it may work its way onto our Thanksgiving table next year!

 

Everyone here at REM would like to wish you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

 

Please note that REM will be closed Monday, October 12th and will re-open on Tuesday, October 13th.

 

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Happy Labour Day text graphic

 

As the summer comes to a close we look forward to Labour Day.  REM will be closed for Labour Day Monday, September 7th and will re-open on Tuesday.  

 

Have a safe and enjoyable long weekend from all of us at REM!

 

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Happy Canada Day from REM Web Solutions

 

From all of us at REM Web Solutions, we wish everyone a Happy Canada Day! Please note that REM will be closed on Wednesday, July 1st.

 

 

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Easter paper-like illustration with bright colours, bunnies, eggs and spring

 

We wish everyone a Happy Easter with their families and friends. REM will be closed on Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13 to give our team some extra time to refresh. 

 

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Thanks to everyone that played Santa’s Workshop Showdown!

 

Thanks to everyone that played Santa’s Workshop Showdown!

 

We hope that everyone had a great holiday with friends and family. We also hope you enjoyed our game as much as we enjoyed making it! Congratulations to Christine D. for winning an XBOX One S! 

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Thank you for supporting REM in the past year!

 

Don't forget to play our game: Santa's Workshop Showdown! Play and submit your score before Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. for a chance to win an XBOX One S 1TB Console - Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order™ Bundle!

 

Play now!

 

Thanks to all the REM staff for their hard work remastering the game in time for the holiday season.

 

Most importantly, we wish you a Fantastic Holiday Season and a Bright & Energetic New Year!

 

Happy Holidays from REM Web Solutions!

 

As a friendly note: We will be closed on December 24, 25, 26 and January 1 to allow our team a chance to spend time with their team.  We look forward to working with you in 2020!

 

Sincerely,

REM Web Solutions

 

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Play Santa's Workshop Showdown for a chance to win an Xbox One S

 

We have created another take on our interactive game. This year playing and winning the top spot could win you an XBOX One S 1TB Console - Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order™ Bundle!

 

We've remastered the game and need your help more than ever matching childhood photos to the correct REM team member. The top 20 contestants will be entered in our draw to win the XBOX One S bundle.

 


 

WIN A FREE XBOX ONE S!

Click here to play!

 

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Happy Halloween 2019! REM team wearing Napoleon Dynamite costumes

 

Happy Halloween - Napoleon Dynamite Style!

 

This year, three of us from the REM team decided to to dress up as our favourite characters from a 2004 movie called Napoleon Dynamite!

 

They are (from left to right):

  • Sean Sanderson as Napoleon: he put all the pizzaz and nerd-cool style in his costume by having an afro wig, a "Vote for Pedro" T-shirt, eyeglasses, a retro casette player and the coolest part: he drew on his notebook a sketch of a "Liger" (half lion, half tiger creature)
  • Brad Anderson as Kip: Brad's looking cool with his khaki shorts, blue polo shirt and glasses holding a "La Fawnduh" sign.
  • Christine Votruba as Pedro: vote for me: Pedro! Had a lot of cross-dressing fun by dressin' up in a short, black wig, eye-liner mustache, big blue dress-shirt, a bolo tie (made with a broch and shoe laces), belt buckle, "vote for pedro" pin and a "If you VOTE FOR PEDRO all your wishes will come true!" flyer. It was an easy DIY costume put together thanks to a few things from my house and Value Village!

 

We've had a lot of fun! We got into character for the photoshoot by having spaced-out, dorky looks on our faces.  If you haven't seen this movie yet, I highly recommend watching if you're up for a lot of laughs.

 

To end this blog post, watch this scene from the movie of Napoleon's infamous dance routine. Enjoy!

 

 

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We wish everyone a Happy Easter with their families and friends.  REM will be closed on Friday April 18 and Monday April 22 to give our team some extra time to refresh.

 

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