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Chad Joe: Mining Thoroughbred Success in British Columbia

Chad Joe is a successful owner of thoroughbred horses who is the first to admit his involvement in the sport was the furthest thing from his mind as recently as two years ago. Joe, the president of Westcoast Mining Contractors in Sechelt on British Columbia’s sunshine coast, became interested in horse racing strictly by accident after an impromptu lunch at Hastings Racecourse with media relations director Greg Douglas. How the two met is a story in itself. It was back in 1981 when a national story in Maclean’s Magazine discussed the challenges of some of Canada’s poorest families. There was mention of a single mom on welfare in Whalley, B.C., who was struggling with raising five children. Douglas was promoting a Vancouver visit by the Harlem Globetrotters at the time and invited the Joe family to be courtside guests. Chad was 14 then. Some 32 years later, he contacted Douglas…

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