2020 and 2021 have been two very different years for our co-operatives, small businesses, and residents. With COVID-19 shutting us down and hindering our ability to interact and do business for over a year, many are struggling to get restarted and to get back to the level of service that they provided pre-COVID. Staffing, product supply, and safe service delivery are still very concerning to many businesses. It is my hope that the dedication and perseverance of business operators shown during these unprecedented times will help maintain these necessary businesses into the future. Through all the tribulations we have experienced during the COVID pandemic, we commend Dr. Fitzgerald and her team for doing such an awesome job in keeping the residents of Newfoundland & Labrador safe and maintaining a structure for us to continue to operate as we progress through the levels of living with COVID-19.
At the NLFC we have developed a five-year Strategic Plan and are working diligently on the objectives we identified. This plan was developed to propel both the Newfoundland-Labrador Federation of Co-operatives and the co-operative sector of Newfoundland & Labrador forward; it involves our members, partners, stakeholders, funders, partners, staff, and board of directors. When I look at all the different groups involved in this plan, I see them as a community. The seventh co-op principle comes to mind, concern for the community. While the NLFC focuses on the needs of its members, co-ops work toward the long term sustainably of their communities through policies and procedures developed, and accepted, by their members. They are set up to meet the common economic needs within communities for buying quality food and services at an affordable price, marketing local products and creating local jobs. Co-ops have had a long history of meeting the social needs of Newfoundland & Labrador by delivering services to their communities. Throughout these difficult times, many co-ops have demonstrated an immeasurable capacity to care for others and have made significant contributions to the human and financial resources of their communities.
As the President of the NLFC and on behalf of the entire board of directors, I want to be there for you, our members, to help develop our sector and make our communities more sustainable.
We are co-operatives, and that means we are truly in this together.
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