Letter to the Editor / Notice
Hello, my name is Gwendolyn Green.
I’ve lived in Lynnwood for about five years now, and when my friend and former employer Nick Coelho announced he would be showing up at the local office, I was delighted to hear it! I also felt that if I didn’t write you a letter to hopefully raise awareness of the kind of person Nick is, I would be doing the community a disservice, so here is the letter of recommendation that no one does. ‘asked!
I think I was fortunate enough to get to know Nick at a pretty interesting time in both of our lives. My partner and I had just moved to Washington and were eager to explore a new state, find new jobs, and start furthering our education. I was looking for a local place that I hope to call my own when I found Around the Table, a brand new board game pub tucked away in Lynnwood. It was a lovely, welcoming little place where we found we could waste night after night playing board games and drinking weird local beers we had never heard of before. Nick Coelho and Tim Morgan, the owners, strolled around the tables, addressing their occupants by their first names and checking in to see what they were playing and how they were doing. It was the first time I discovered a place where the staff knew their customers so well, and it quickly became our favorite local spot.
After spending way too much time and money at ATT, they finally took pity on my wallet and hired me so that I could take out the middle man and give them my paycheck directly. I was so excited to start working in a place that had stolen my heart so much, and while I was sure it would be a nice place to work, I really hadn’t anticipated how the environment in which I would join was going to be amazing. to be.
I started attending college when I was working at Around the Table, and Nick was willing to bend over backwards to work with my ever-changing schedule. He worked around classes, exams, homework, and even the occasional mental breakdown associated with the aforementioned workload. I was only able to graduate and explore my career options with the support of Tim and Nick – they actively encouraged me to apply for jobs and internships while working for them, fully aware that they should train someone. ‘one again if I was accepted into one of them. I started my dream job last month, and I fully credit them. Whenever any of the staff was sick Nick would insist that we stay home and take care of ourselves, no explanation needed. When the local government or the state of Washington passed new labor laws, they went out of their way to make sure that we understood what they meant and how they would affect us. As soon as the company had any benefit options, he signed us all up and assured us that if we ever couldn’t afford it, the company would spot us.
When the mad heat wave hit this year, he texted us all letting us know we were more than welcome to bring our bedding to the pub to sleep in in a cool environment, and extended it to our families / pets too. He used the pub’s freezers to store food belonging to members of the local community who had lost electricity and blew up the air conditioning 24 hours a day. Last winter, when the roads were frozen over and the surroundings had lost power, he made sure the lights were on, hot drinks were free for everyone passing by, and everyone nearby knew they had a place to weather the storm. .
In early 2020, when COVID was still something not quite making the headlines, we all met before the pub opened to discuss what to do to protect the community. I was hearing horror stories of companies failing to properly recognize the pandemic as it began to spread, as these guys were already arguing over which filters, masks and social distancing measures would be best. They were on top long before any sort of local mandate was set up, although it was a business that depended on a large majority of its profits while people settled in for the evening in their homes. store. As things started to shut down, they would hold one-on-one meetings to walk us through the unemployment claim process, giving all employees who needed them rides to stock up on supplies, dropping off what ‘they could and even let them down. cash envelopes on our doorstep to help us all float around until unemployment benefits kick in. When we were no longer employed these guys would check in regularly and make sure we were okay. I still can’t get over it.
Nick has also supported any initiative taken to support members of the local community – whether it was a local shelter, an unlucky regular client, the Seattle Children’s Hospital, from the Lynnwood Foodbank, etc. making sure that something happens for the benefit of the community, and that happened long before he decided to run for office. He was always keen to suggest that we host events such as Silent Game night (a board game night that was primarily aimed at bringing together deaf and hard of hearing community members), Family Friendly Gayme Night (LGBTQ + game nights) and similar initiatives created by clients. . As a member of the LGBTQ + community, I think Nick is an open ally for LGBTQ + rights for what is, in my opinion, the absolute best reason – he doesn’t care about anyone’s preference, and just wants to do make sure everyone is supported equally. He will not blink at anyone’s identity or preferences, will happily hang pride flags on the pub walls to make sure others are comfortable, and will politely and calmly say to anyone. one to immediately escort himself out of the pub if he is intentionally disrespectful of others. Nick is the kind of guy you can call when you need help relocating, but also someone you have enough respect and trust to bring your personal hardships to because you know he’ll be there for you. help you.
I know this whole letter has been just an excessive amount of praise, but I assure you it is justified. I feel like we can all easily search for a few bullet points that highlight whatever our local reps are focused on, but I sincerely hope that this idea of who Nick is as a person reaches out to someone who can. not being sure who they would like to support in the next election.
Thank you for your time. Gwendolyn Green