Wednesday March 04, 2015
Timmins dad finds cereal box message from factory workers
Stephane Gaudette discovers a hand-written message from three workers in London, Ontario explaining his is the last box of cereal produced at the now-shuttered plant.
Gaudette first noticed something unusual before he even opened his Frosted Flakes. "Please read the bag" was scrawled in black marker across the top.
He was immediately intrigued, but also a little nervous that perhaps someone had tampered with his cereal.
"When I saw the message, my emotions started changing," Gaudette tells As It Happens host Carol Off. "It lead to a certain sadness and awe, in a sense. It was a very odd feeling because I realized the significance of [the package]."
On the bag inside the box, a note explained that the cereal was the final one off the line at the factory in London, Ontario when it closed on December 5, 2014.
There were three names on the bag, but Gaudette couldn't make them out, except that one worker was named Mike. But he could see that they had worked at Kellogg's a long time -- one for 24 years, one for 29 and one for 28.
"The next thing that pops into your mind is 'Do you open the bag?' Then I said, 'No, there's some significance to this," Gaudette says. "I had toast instead."
He then contacted The London Free Press and a reporter there tracked down the trio -- Mike Cascadden, Ray Gonsalvez and Frasier McAuley.
Cascadden says Kellogg's was in his family's DNA. Four generations worked there. He had 24 years of service.
"I thought that was very moving," Guadette says. He hopes to meet the men soon.
Gaudette is not sure what he'll do with his piece of Canadian history. He and his wife are both teachers. So, for now, the family members are each taking the box to their schools to show the students. He says it is a real conversation piece.