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.

  • Erin Smallwood

    What a wonderful ambassador for our community. Coleman's is an integral part of Corner Brook and is such a wonderful supporter of community initiatives. I am happy to support this wonderful girl and this amazing company!
    12/06/2017 12:45:37 PM

  • Paula Didham

    12/06/2017 12:23:13 PM

  • Agnes Neville

    love it Clare!
    12/06/2017 11:32:58 AM

  • Jacqueline Carey

    This is really well done, Clare. I so enjoyed learning more about the history of a place where I've shopped my whole life! I especially love the part where you remind us that sometimes when something bad happens to us, it can also be an opportunity for us to learn and grow, even if it's painful at first. Good luck, I hope you earn a trip to Ottawa, you certainly deserve it.
    12/06/2017 10:55:02 AM

  • David Joyce

    Amazing job Clare! The video was great and showcases a NL and Canadian success story! Good luck!
    12/06/2017 10:48:46 AM

  • Andrea Barrett

    Well done Clare!! I love to see your family pride and I too feel strongly that we must celebrate entrepreneurship in Canada!!
    12/06/2017 10:43:03 AM

  • Bobbi Gash

    So refreshing to see our youth actively connecting with what came before them. Great job!
    12/06/2017 10:42:52 AM

  • Andrea Barrett

    Well done Clare!! I love to see your family pride and I too feel strongly that we must celebrate entrepreneurship in Canada!!
    12/06/2017 10:41:38 AM

  • Nancy McCormack

    Very informative video! Great public speaking! An inspiration to all teenagers!
    12/06/2017 10:37:02 AM

  • Janice Coleman

    Well done Clare! So proud of you!
    12/06/2017 9:06:37 AM

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Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
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  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
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