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My name is Scott Guyett and I have worked for CP for over 30 years. I started in 1987 in the Stores department and am currently a Crew Dispatcher in the Calgary Operations Centre (OC), but darn-it, I think I’ve just been fired! I opened an e-mail recently and right there at the top it says, ‘Pack your bags, Scott!’ I opened the email anyway and it turned out I had won CP’s #BeautifulHearts contest.

Heart health is something many take for granted, until they can’t. A silent killer, heart disease is often times manageable and sometimes even preventable if the right steps are taken to protect your health. Eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep – all of these contribute to keeping your heart strong. But what makes a beautiful heart?

We asked this question on social media as part of our Canadian Football League (CFL) #BeautifulHearts contest, which ran this past summer and fall. We chose two grand prize winners - one public winner and one employee winner. Both were treated to an all-expenses paid trip to the CFL Grey Cup weekend and Grey Cup game in Ottawa, Ontario. Our employee prize came with one caveat: the winner had to write about his or her experience for an upcoming issue of Canadian Pacific Magazine.

Following are the words of Scott Guyett, Crew Dispatcher, grand prize winner, and possessor of his very own #BeautifulHeart.

Scott meets Michael “Pinball” Clemons
Scott meets Michael “Pinball” Clemons.

In my excitement after winning the contest, I mentioned it to a few people at work and they all asked if I was taking my wife with me to Ottawa. I scoffed, shook my head and said “No, I want to have fun on this trip so I’m taking my son instead.” Trust me, this is not how you want to inform your wife she’s not coming on an all-expenses paid trip with you. But after I reminded her that my son was the only person who ever wanted to accompany me to a Calgary Stampeders game, she agreed that it was the right choice.

I’ve always liked football more than any other sport, but I really started getting into it after my son joined his high school football team. When I saw this contest CP was putting on that said I could win a CFL jersey, I was in. The first week that I entered, I was surprised to find that I had actually won and received a Stampeders jersey and a football. The contest ran for another eight weeks and I figured I’d keep entering to try and win my son a jersey also. After the contest closed I assumed I hadn’t won again, but was happy to have won once. A few days later, I got the scary email I mentioned earlier. My heart stopped because at first I thought I had lost my job. When I realized I was going to have to get on a plane it became a different kind of fear, because I’m terrified of flying.

Regardless, the trip sounded so incredible I figured it would be worth it.

And incredible it was.

The day before the game I was given early access to the Nissan Titan Grey Cup Street Festival. There were many booths with activities and things to do. CP had four different activities set up to raise people’s awareness of heart health and they were even serving heart healthy chili which was surprisingly delicious.

Everyone has been to a sporting event or a concert with a huge lineup to get in, so you can imagine the endless line for the Grey Cup. Now, imagine being escorted to the front of that line, walking past all the security guards and onto the football field. It’s hard to explain, but it feels pretty darn special.

“This was an epic fan experience to say the least.”

Halfway through the first quarter of the game I made it on the jumbotron when I got to present a cheque on behalf of CP to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) as part of the CP Has Heart program and Touchdowns for Heart. CP raised over $265,000 to help add an addition to their building that will help tens of thousands of people with heart related medical conditions.

This was an epic fan experience to say the least. Beginning in the VIP area I was spoiled with all kinds of food, then got to be on the field with the players prior to the game. I was also able to be on the field for the halftime show and had a phenomenal seat to watch the game. On top of this royal treatment, I received literal door-to-door limo service to and from our four star hotel for the entire weekend. A trip I will undoubtedly remember forever.

Scott and his son pose at the UOHI ‘pretzel’ monument.
Scott and his son pose at the UOHI ‘pretzel’ monument.

I do need to thank the Public Affairs and Communications team for helping me with everything in Ottawa. Even though one of them was cheering for the Argos (he was really bad luck), he did introduce me to Pinball Clemons, a CFL legend.

Back at home I need to thank my OC colleagues Tennile Haug and Kathrina Marcelo for allowing this trip to even happen.

Speaking of heart health: yes, my heart did skip a beat with that scary but exciting email that started this adventure. In the end, it was an unforgettable trip for an incredible cause.

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