Wishing You a Safe, Healthy, and Happy Holidays

A Letter from the Co-op General Manager

To Our Community,

As we enter the last several days of our fiscal and indeed the calendar year, I find myself asking where the time has gone. Change is always upon us. This year was no different but quite possibly more extreme and certainly personal.

But change, especially constructive change, is usually for the best in the long run. But getting to that long run, and all that it takes to do so, can be challenging beyond words.

As I sat here trying to find the right words to express these sentiments and balance them with the hustle and bustle of the season, it hit me. Go to an expert, a wise person. So I did. Below, I have copied the lyrics from John Lennon’s song So this is Christmas. I think he summed it up beautifully.

So this is Christmas, by John Lennon

So this is Christmas
And what have you done?
Another year over
And a new one just begun

And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young

A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Christmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The world is so wrong

And so happy Christmas
For black and for white
For yellow and red ones
Let’s stop all the fight

A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Christmas
And what have we done?
Another year over
And a new one just begun

And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young

A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

War is over
If you want it
War is over
Now

Thank you all, for everything!

I will write to you next on December 28th, where I will highlight some of our key initiatives for 2021. Until then, we look forward to serving you in our stores and at the curbside.

I wish you and your families a safe, healthy and happy holiday season.

Onward and upwards,

Paul

 

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Paul Guidone

Paul Guidone

Paul Guidone, CFA, spent the better part of four decades in the investment management business here and abroad. He held positions ranging from analyst through Deputy Chairman and Group CEO, at organizations such as Citigroup (US) and The HSBC Group (London and Hong Kong). He joined the Co-op in 2016 as the CFO and in 2018 became Strategic Advisor to the General Manager. Paul was appointed by the Co-op Board as interim General Manager in March 2020 and General Manager in September 2020. To contact, email PGuidone@coopfoodstore.com.