Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Clare Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador

Fair address: Western Newfoundland Regional Heritage Fair

Project: Colemans... Keeping Our Stories Alive

Coleman Group of Companies is a family business based out of Corner Brook, NL that was established in 1934 by the son of a Glace Bay coal miner. It is a story about entrepreneurship. Together we will look at how tragedy sparked creativity and innovation and how the actions of a thief led to the beginning of my family's business.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

When Newfoundland joined Canada in 1949 it was a very poor province. Yet people such as Arthur and Maggie Coleman still saw an opportunity in a small town in Western Newfoundland. With a population of a little over 1000 in 1934 there was opportunity for entrepreneurs to provide products and services that did not exist at the time.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I've learned that Canada's economy was founded primarily by entrepreneurs. Canada has a rich history of entrepreneurship from all backgrounds. Entrepreneurs have helped to shape the face of Canadian business and our way of life.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

The freedoms and opportunities in Canada are among the best in the world. My ancestors and the people of Newfoundland and Labrador and of Canada are very generous in their work ethic and in their optimism for the future. Although we are different in many ways, we are still of the same character and still proud to be a part of this great country.

  • Dianne Kennedy

    Excellent job Clare!
    17/06/2017 10:39:51 AM

  • Deborah Lawrence

    What a great job you did on the history of Coleman's, a Newfoundland treasure! Bravo!
    17/06/2017 6:30:17 AM

  • Aneesh

    Loved learning about the story behind Colemans! Thanks and great job Clare!
    16/06/2017 11:58:19 PM

  • Brad Lambe

    Excellent history lesson of Corner Brook's finest business!
    15/06/2017 9:16:36 PM

  • Chris

    What a great story. Thanks for sharing
    14/06/2017 9:23:13 PM

  • Maggie Coleman

    This was incredible Clare!
    14/06/2017 3:15:33 PM

  • Byron Bellows

    Very nice Clare, great company history
    14/06/2017 12:52:56 PM

  • Alex

    13/06/2017 12:28:59 PM

  • Judy Bennett

    Excellent job!
    13/06/2017 9:45:35 AM

  • Georgette

    Great job Claire. I learned so much from your video. Good luck!
    13/06/2017 9:25:40 AM

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