As I read King of meet and greet
(Aug. 17) on Jim Woo I smiled many times, with pride, as I reflected on how often he greeted me as I entered the doors of The Fairmont in Winnipeg over the past 20 years. Lindor Reynolds, in typical fashion, has captured not only the essence of this family man who personifies what my family and I found so special about Winnipeg when we lived there in the early 1990s, but she also brings to life the story of a proud immigrant of many years ago, who like many immigrants to Winnipeg, has contributed so much to the social and economic success of the city. In the picture accompanying the article I note he wears a Canadian flag pin and the pin of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Those pins that he proudly wears and Jim's uncanny ability to smile with his eyes, reach out to others with his heart speaks volumes. Someone once said "people may forget what you say; people may forget what you do; but people will never forget how you make them feel." I for one will never forget how Jim Woo has made me feel on every visit to the Fairmont, Winnipeg.
Thank you for sharing his story as Winnipeg, Canada and the world needs more Jim Woos.
Charles. S. Coffey
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 20, 2009 A11