The Chamber hosted its 2nd Annual Business Excellence Awards on Thursday, February 26, 2009. The Chamber presented Therapy Works with the 2008 Small Business of the Year Award and presented St. Jude Hotel with the 2008 Business of the Year Award.
The Chamber is delighted to announce that Mr. Bramwell Coish has been selected as the 2008 Inductee to the Chamber’s Business Hall of Fame. During the evening a dear friend, Leo Bonnell, paid tribute as he presented a slide show of Bram’s life.
Mr. Coish was one of the pioneers of department store shopping in Clarenville; in 1961 at the age of 21, he opened the town’s first major department store. Mr. Coish with his wife Mildred along side of him, worked very hard and put in many long nights. The Chain Store became a household name over the years as they provided quality goods and friendly service for 30 years. Mr. Coish was very involved with the community as a volunteer, contributing substantially to many causes and to the community. He was a founding member of the Clarenville Area Chamber of Commerce, a founding member of the Clarenville Rotary Club and a member of the Clarenville Town Council.