Hello everyone and welcome to the December edition of the Fairhaven Newsletter.

Ready for a holiday, anyone?

Wow, this year seems to have flown by, but then when you think back to the bushfires and then the floods earlier in 2020 before the pandemic hit and it seems like they happened years ago! I don’t think any of us will ever forget where we were, or what we were doing in 2020. I also don’t think any of us will ever let our toilet paper stocks run low again either.

It’s been a big year for Fairhaven. Despite the road bumps created by the pandemic, it has been a year of renewal. We have a new Chairperson, three new Board Members, a new CEO, a new Finance Manager role, a new Marketing Manager role, and a new Retail Manager role. The leadership structure is leaner and flatter and we are just about to embark on a new strategic plan. The stage is set for a big 2021.

Unfortunately, the uncertainty created by COVID-19 made it impossible for Fairhaven to plan a whole of organisation end of year gathering this year, but each operating unit will still hold their own celebration. It might be more low-key than other years, but that’s no reason not to have fun and (responsibly) enjoy yourselves.

As COVID-19 restrictions continue to lift and as we head into the holiday season, I hope all of you are able to spend more time with family and friends. My hope is that all of our hard work wearing masks, socially distancing, and staying at home when necessary, pays off. We will still need to be careful (and I hope I’m not jinxing us), but it’s looking like Christmas can be a lot closer to normal than otherwise may have been the case.

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Stay safe and I’ll see you back here in 2021.

As always – if you have any ideas on how we can build and run a better, stronger Fairhaven, I’d love to hear them.

Scott Holz

CEO – Fairhaven