Our President & CEO David Black made the following comments in remembrance of Vera Cornish.
“On behalf our business community, our members, our Boards, our staff and personally, we offer our deepest sympathy to Vera’s daughter Alana, her family, and her team at the Urban Connection. Her sudden passing has left an emotional hole in our region and in all of our lives. She left us much too soon.
“Vera was a force in our region. She was a strong advocate and passionate participant in the advancement of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our region, particularly our business community. She was always upbeat, always had a major hug for friends old and new, and she was always working a room, connecting people and causes in her unique powerful, yet gentle and kind style.
“She was serving on our Chamber Board when I joined the organization in 2001. We became friends and allies working for a better tomorrow. She was welcoming, encouraging, and a resource and supporter for our diversity and inclusion initiatives. More importantly to me, she was a believer in our organization, a believer in the future of our region, and a believer in the potential of those of us who live here and those yet to come. She painted an optimistic picture of our future to all she encountered. We will miss her, but we are forever grateful for to have known her, to have worked with her, and to have had her in our lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.”-David Black, President & CEO, Chamber & CREDC