Why on Earth do we do Turkey day? Well, this tradition started around 44 years ago when the Travelodge Saskatoon was built. Dad and Mom, Harold and Vilda Latrace, and some of the girls lived in a separate building on the property, so we were always there. The associates fondly called them “Mom and Dad.” Mom and Dad were very grateful people and always believed that you share and give back.
Christmas was, and is, an important time in our family for several reasons – one being showing gratitude. It only made sense that they wanted a way to say thank-you to all the associates at the Travelodge. Our family always valued time spent eating together and the communication that would happen around the table; Christmastime was very special with family and friends and the turkey dinner was a huge part of this. They realized that not everyone would be as fortunate to have a turkey for Christmas and they wanted to share this part of our tradition, so the annual Turkey Day began.
On Friday, December 16th, our family is continuing the tradition of offering all 900 Airline associates a frozen turkey to pick-up from their hotel. Although the company has diversified and not everyone celebrates the same traditions, my hope is that everyone will view this as a thank-you from our family to theirs for all they have done throughout the year.
Betty Anne Latrace-Henderson
President, Airline Hotels