Dear Santa…

My name is Karen. I am…  on second thought, never mind how old I am. I’m part of the team that works at Challenger at our head office and terminal in Cambridge, Ontario. We have many wonderful people that also work at our other terminals in Dorval, Quebec and Abbottsford, British Columbia as well as our other locations throughout North America. Some work in the offices, some work in our maintenance facilities and many, many skilled truck drivers do an amazing job driving for Challenger. We have all been working very hard to be on your nice list this year! We do things like: hold doors open for each other, support one another in our work, and say “good morning” to each other with a smile. More importantly, we all really, really work together to make sure that our deliveries and pick-ups are completed safely and on time for our customers!

At Challenger we have also been sure to contribute to our communities throughout this past year as well. We have been involved with Food Banks, Movember, Canadian Cancer Society, Kids Ability and the Heart & Stroke Foundation, just to name a few. I almost forgot: we’re also collecting new toys for our Annual Toy Drive (hope this helps take a little of the pressure off of you, Santa!)

We have been thinking about what kind of cookies to leave for you this year, and have decided that shortbread would be very nice! This is the recipe that we will use (so please let us know if you are gluten or lactose intolerant so we can adjust the recipe, if necessary! Also, would like them to be frosted or with a cherry on top?).

Short Bread Cookies


2 cups softened butter                       1 cup icing sugar

4 cups all purpose flour                      2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C)
  2. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Stir in vanilla, add flour and mix well
  3. Use cookie press, roll and cut shapes with cookie cutter or form into 1” balls
  4. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes until edges start to turn golden
  5. Serve with a big glass of cold milk

At Challenger, we are a very diverse group of people. As the holiday season approaches, some of us will be celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, some will celebrate Kwanzaa and others will observe the holidays in their own way. Whatever and however we celebrate this holiday season, we all wish for the same things: for everyone travelling this holiday season to have a safe and joyous journey; for our families, friends and clients to have a happy, healthy and prosperous year; and for people everywhere to be treated with kindness and respect.

Season’s Greetings from all of us at Challenger!


Karen Cardillo