New manager to oversee big changes

Lezlie Chassé is the store manager at the Aspen Centre convenience store and gas bar in Comox.

Lezlie Chassé manages the Aspen Centre convenience store and gas bar.

From planting trees and castrating sheep in Alberta to coordinating hotel banquets in Toronto, Lezlie Chassé’s employment history is diverse. The one constant, however, is her love of a good challenge.

So when Comox District Co-op general manager Joe Russell offered her the position of store manager at the Co-op’s Aspen Centre convenience store and gas bar, she jumped at the opportunity.

“I love customer service, so I think it’s an awesome fit,” says Chassé from her new office in Comox. “It’s been really great getting to know our members and making friends with the staff.”

Chassé’s responsibilities will include overseeing renovations planned for the store and implementing other changes, such as broadening the selection of fresh and organic food options for customers.

“We knew Lezlie had the right kind of attitude and experience to take this store forward,” says Russell. “She has the energy and vision to make changes while maintaining our commitment to fast, friendly service and always putting our members first.”

Chassé says she’s found her niche since arriving in the Valley a year and a half ago from Red Deer, where she worked at a bank but dreamed of moving to the coast. In February, she took on a position with the Co-op’s administration, eventually becoming Aspen Centre manager in August.

“Like any new venture, there are things to get used to and changes to be made, but I’ve truly been enjoying every minute of it,” she says.

Comox District Co-op is owned by its 4,500-plus local members, each of which receives a yearly dividend cheque that generally works out to about a five-cents-per-litre refund on fuel. Not only does the Co-op put its earnings back into the hands of members, it also supports many local charities as well as cultural, environmental and social initiatives.

“I love the enthusiasm of the people at Co-op; you can really see the support we have among our members,” says Chassé. “The more I learn about this organization and this Valley, the more I’m convinced I made the right move.”

The Co-op is located at the corner of Aspen and Lerwick. For information on becoming a member, call 250-338-8181.

www.comoxvalleycoop.ca

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