Board elections have ended, and it is time for the start of a new board year.
We are pleased to announce that all bylaw revisions passed and the following candidates have been elected to Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society’s Board of Directors:
- Peter Bouchard: 3-year term
- Jessica Giordani: 3-year term
- Lindsay Smith: 3-year term
- Eric DeLuca: 3-year term
- Mary Lou Aleskie: 2-year term
- Jennifer Tietz: 2-year term
These newly elected Directors represent [almost] 50% of our entire Board. We also have a new General Manager. Amanda Charland’s first official day as General Manager was just a few days ago, on April 30th.
This is an unavoidable time for change, especially as external factors including a waning pandemic and inflation and supply change challenges continue to impact us. I think I speak for the entire Board when I say we have full confidence in Amanda and the entire Co-op team to carry us onwards.
While we face change, we also face opportunity. At our backs are decades of cooperation and community building. It is this identity that makes the Co-op so important to the Upper Valley. This strength gives us a unique advantage.
What exactly is that advantage? It’s our vision, a well-nourished community cultivated through cooperation. What does well-nourished mean to you?
While we cannot speak for our future board, our personal hope is that in the coming year we will listen to member-owners and employees as we look more closely at the values and vision of our community, not to change the Co-op but to define it more clearly. While some things do change, some remain constant, such as the value we bring to all our stakeholders. We hope you will reflect on the idea of well-nourished, and that we will be in touch soon to share thoughts.
Congratulations again to Amanda and our newly elected Directors.
Chair, Elections Committee
President, HCCS Board of Directors