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CORNER BROOK — When Mary Young is asked how it feels to be patron for the 2014 Corner Brook Winter Carnival her voice fills with excitement.
“Oh my dear, I haven’t hit ground yet,” she said Friday, a day after the official announcement was made.
In fact, when she got the call from the carnival committee Young suggested they must be looking for another Mary Young.
But no, the Corner Brook resident of about 60 years and long-time supporter of carnival through her job as manager of Mark’s Work Wearhouse was the one they wanted.
Young was born in Howley and moved to the city when she was five years old.
Her first job in the retail sector came at the age of 15 when she worked in the toyland of the former Corner Brook Co-op. She later spent time working at Colemans and Reitmans and for the last 24 years has been at Mark’s Work Wearhouse.
“I love it,” she said of working in retail, “the customer service aspect of it.”
The store has been a sponsor of the carnival for the past 15 years. Young is not sure who approached who about getting involved.
“It just came about,” she said. “We started one year and then we sponsored them every year.”
She said getting involved is important.
“Because it’s something good for the Corner Brook area and my customers. It’s just invigorating and good for the community. Good for community spirit,” she said.
Outside of work, Young and her husband Roland enjoy spending time at their cottage in Howley and snowshoeing, walking and hiking.
“We enjoy the outdoors,” she said.
And that falls right in line with carnival.
She enjoys attending the opening and closing ceremonies and any events at Marble Mountain.
Over the years, she said “there was no favourite part. I enjoyed everything.”
And she’s really looking forward to February and being patron for the 43rd annual festival.
“I’m excited about it. It’s an honour and it will be a real pleasure to be a patron.” Young said.
Young will be retiring from Mark’s Work Wearhouse at the end of the year, so she said she’ll have lots of time to attend events.
Small in stature, Young’s been told she’ll gain weight with all the carnival meals she’ll get to attend, but she’s not worried.
“If I gain weight, I’ll walk it off,” she said with a laugh.