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Home-based businesses alive and well

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Tupperware has been around since the mid 1950s and was even manufactured in the town of Morden at one time. Over time its production was moved to the U.S. and most recently to Mexico.


Winnipeg also had a huge distribution centre and office complex where the Tupperware Ladies met every Monday night to talk about the great weeks they enjoyed, new recruits and people they met.


The product has evolved and can still be found in many homes today. Policies still exist for replacements, if items break or crack from normal wear and tear.


Local ladies Darlene Kernot (kern7161@mts.net) and Pat Kernot (kernp@mts.net) have been serving Fort Garry and Fort Richmond for a combined total of more than 25 years. There have been great rewards for both of these ladies such as serving as managers, having a team behind them and reaping the benefits of free Tupperware products and extra money.


Darlene manages a full-time job and enjoys her part-time job of selling Tupperware. Many of her customers have been loyal to her for 15 years and keep coming back in search of what is new.


For those of you who are "searching for a positive network," you should join Carol Ploen-Hosegood’s Happy Monkey Club and take some time to smile, relax and engage. Carol is a wife, mother, driver and former downtown business owner. I also hear she is a great athlete.  


The Happy Monkey Club would be a great fit for those individuals whose children have left home, are on their way out, or people whose jobs aren’t what they want after 25 or 30 years.


A lot of us tend to forget about ourselves, and get stuck in a rut. Some great events have been happening in and around the city with the Happy Monkey Club. I know I don’t want to miss the next one.


 Basic membership is free. Part of the club’s mandate is to give back to the community. Visit the HMC website at www.happymonkeyclub.com for more information.


Brenda MacLennan is a community correspondent for Fort Garry. You can contact her at kernb@mymts.net.

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