A lifetime of accomplishments coloured with moments of pain or illness amongst business gains and mishaps -- the tip of the iceberg for many of us. Experiences and challenges surpassed that some can or choose only to imagine.
Never accepting defeat or succumbing to the pressure and uncertainties of his business or personal life. Few, like him, have emerged time and time again, scarred, but wiser, stronger and more motivated than ever before. Therein lays an unquestionable mark of perseverance amidst life’s qualms and a testament to his resilience, resourcefulness and strength.
“The Man of all Seasoning” has for the past 40 years established himself and his over 1,000 food products within the ethnic communities in Canada. So much so, that many believe he is from “their” part of the world. Caribbean, Filipino, Indian, Asian, etc. he is not, but given the exceptional taste and quality of his products one would never know.
In 1967, with very little means, a handsome, ambitious, young, man arrived in Halifax, Canada from Greece. Since then, he has weathered many storms, fought many battles and won.
His life, its highs and lows have all abetted in his insurmountable success and the legacy which he has amassed and now shares over his websites.
From his recipes
, his books and articles
and the many food items available all over Canada under numerous brands but most popularly under the Mr Goudas label.
All evidence of 73 years well spent giving in one form or another to others.
And now as he embarks on the other half (I’d like to think) of his sojourn, it is my hope that he is truly, happy with all he has accomplished, created and shared.
His unquestionable philanthropy and service to others as evidenced in his letters of appreciation
amidst all else is why he is recognized and celebrated not just today but every day.
He dedicates his biography
“All people moving to another country, facing a new culture, language and surroundings, without any friends or any money. Young people who can learn from my experiences.
“Those who are depressed and are feeling as though the world is crashing around them, due to bad luck or serious injury….
“This is a solid testament of my desire to share feelings, experiences, accomplishments, the highs and lows, with our customers, general public, supporters, friends and even the competition, whose respect I feel that I have earned.”
Clearly the stars were aligned, when the Creator on March 29, 1942, Palm Sunday, blessed Thekla, with a beautiful, boy named Spyros.
It is 73 years later, and an extraordinary human being and business man is celebrated.
Happy Birthday, Sir Peter Spyros Goudas! It is a pleasure to have made your acquaintance.
May you journey with good stead while you continue to impart knowledge, advice, recipes and create food products that fortify and sustain.
With profound respect and admiration for Peter Spyros Goudas
Note: On March 28, 2014, BLVD Holdings Inc. announced the acquisition of Goudas Foods, a leading Canadian supplier of ethnic and international food products with more than 600 brands and specialties in the Chinese, South Asian, Caribbean, Filipino and other ethnic market segments.