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Board of Trade names Gladys Batten Corner Brook's citizen of the year

Gladys Batten, who chaired the Corner Brook Come Home Year committee, was named Corner Brook's Citizen of the Year by the Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade at its annual business awards gala last week. - Star file photo
Gladys Batten, who chaired the Corner Brook Come Home Year committee, was named Corner Brook's Citizen of the Year by the Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade at its annual business awards gala last week. - Star file photo - File photo

The Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade celebrated Small Business Week by handing out its annual awards last week.

The business awards went beyond the business community and also recognized a citizen of the year, a not-for-profit organization of the year and two post-secondary students of the year — one from each of Grenfell Campus and the College of the North Atlantic.

Here is the complete list of winners:

- Joe Mullins Citizen of the Year Award: Gladys Batten, Corner Brook Come Home Year chairperson

- Legacy Award: Brenda Lee (The Orchid)

About Legacy Award winner Brenda Lee:

“Brenda Lee is an exceptional business person. She opened her own flower shop business over 25 years ago and grew it to be a successful, thriving business. Her floral designs and creative ideas helped to shape the flower market here in Corner Brook and her legacy lives on in The Orchid. She ran the business with the motto "not your average florist," and the business became known as a place to go for unique floral designs...She is an embodiment of the entrepreneurial spirit.”

Source: From the submission nominating Brenda Lee for the Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade's Legacy Award

- Beautification Award: The Garden 

- Community Impact Award: Rugged Edge 

- Customer Service Award: Newfound Sushi

- Female Entrepreneur of the Year: Petal Jewelry Shop

- Online Presence: Saltbox and Everoutdoor Adventures

- Rising Star Award: Mo's Corner Barber Shop

- Tourism Excellence: Saltbox and Everoutdoor Adventures

- Youth Business of the Year: What's Underneath

- Business of the Year: Gary Bennett Music

- Qalipu Business of the Year: Appalachian Chalets and RV

- Non-Profit Organization of the Year Award: 12 Months 12 Miracles 

- Student of the Year (Grenfell Campus, Memorial University): Jingya Du

- Student of the Year (College of the North Atlantic): Hai Phu Nghiem

Source: Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade

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