Inspiration by Design….Celebrating Living Seaforth

Inspired living seaforth launch invitation blogRead more about this exciting development in the Town of Seaforth………

Retirement by Design

Since their birth between 1946 and 1959, Baby Boomers have ‘driven’ everything — housing, furniture, cars, education, marketing, and national economies; however, they are now reaching a time when decelerating, downsizing, and taking the time to smell the roses are attractive alternatives to the busy lives they’ve led.

In response to this trend, the Municipality of Huron East is poised to welcome a new community planned especially for those, who value specific function, as much as form.seaForth day full size “Inspired Living Seaforth” will be a development encompassing the amenities and necessities important to those of a certain age: Baby Boomers, Zoomers, and their contemporaries—and will be set in close proximity to bustling towns, diverse and prolific arts sectors, country woodlands and hiking trails, as well as the beaches of a beautiful lakeshore.

To be located in the historic and vibrant town of Seaforth, and adjacent to the community’s medical campus, this multi-phase, multi-million dollar development will include 40 condos, and

HuronEast_140331_ShopSeaforthPostcard-reduceda three-storey 80 rental unit building with many main floor conveniences, including a fitness studio, physio/rehab, greenhouse, lounge, dining room, hair salon, activity/crafts room, and nursing office. Completing this all-inclusive community will be a centre for more dependent residents, providing comprehensive medical and personal care.

Furthermore, a centre of excellence in cognitive impairments and palliative care is planned for the retirement community. By partnering with the University of Western Ontario, Inspired Living Seaforth will become a research hub for the Aging and Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORC).

Inspired Living Seaforth- Rendered Site Plan

JL Retirement PropertyIn addition, it will be designed to offer the features and distinct lifestyle of rural living to those, who have long resided in the country. Remaining in a familiar environment makes transition, and change far more palatable to retirees and for those eventually requiring assistance with day-to-day living.

JL Retirement Living, the parent company of Inspired Living Seaforth, is under the direction of President and CEO Jessica Lunshof, a former emergency and long-term care nurse, her brother Joshua, Vice President of Operations, with extensive management experience, and financial advisor Executive Vice President Steven Smelt.

Inspired Living Seaforth will provide both residential comfort and specialized services. A place of relaxed and enriched living planned for your future.

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Jan Hawley, Economic Development Officer Municipality of Huron East

Written by:

Carolyn Parks Mintz for the Municipality of Huron East

A winning combination….

Municipality of Huron East in Spotlight

At 2016 National OBIAA Conference in London Ontario

OBIAA Award 1Business Improvement Area Associations across Canada are collectively an important resource to municipal councils and economic development departments with regard to education, partnership, and collaboration. And each year their National body recognizes excellence within its ranks. This year, the Municipality of Huron East is pleased to report it has been awarded top honours in two categories – “Art Unhinged” for Special Events & Promotions and “Win This Space”, as the top Business Retention & Expansion project.

Group photoComprehensive award submissions had to include digital imaging, information on Project Description, Funding, Impact, Participants/Partners, as well as details regarding Innovation, Replication, Representation, Outcomes, and Conclusions. The two initiatives submitted by the Huron East Economic Development Department obviously hit all the high notes with judges.

Ca Doig Maureen Agar Jan Hawley Alison Lobb“Knowing we can compete at a national level and win is very gratifying,” says Jan Hawley, Huron East’s Economic Development Officer. “With the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association creating a platform for such achievements, business groups in rural Ontario are able to showcase some of the innovative work being undertaken in their communities. For that, I am grateful, as is the Municipality.”

Seaforth BIA Events & Promotions 2016 OBIAA Award Submission copy 2.001

Seaforth BIA Events & Promotions 2016 OBIAA Award Submission copy 2.006“Art Unhinged” was an exceptional melding of Arts & Heritage and Fundraising. Talented artists used old doors as their canvases, creating beautiful art from and on them.

Seaforth BIA Events & Promotions 2016 OBIAA Award Submission copy 2.008Discarded doors became things of beauty—the ultimate recycling project.

Seaforth BIA Events & Promotions 2016 OBIAA Award Submission copy 2.009The re-purposed artwork doors were on display throughout Seaforth’s downtown core and were eventually auctioned off during an autumn event, with the proceeds being donated to the cost of replacing the aging roof of the town’s Round House, a unique octagonal building built in 1902, and still used today as an exhibition hall.

“Win This Space” also took something under-used and placed it front and centre before budding entrepreneurs.

Slide01Entrants in the contest were competing for a prize package that provided the leg-up all new businesses need: space, financing, education, advertising, and marketing.

Slide06The grand prize of funding for a year’s lease of a business site on the main street of Seaforth or Brussels, as well as the educational workshops offered, drew 28 entries, from which a panel of judges chose twelve business plans and ultimately, five finalists.

Slide28In addition to the winner, at least a dozen new businesses were launched in the area, encouraged and buoyed by the “Win This Space” initiative.


Slide16Both these projects proved to be catalysts for creativity, courage, and change while shining a spotlight on rural communities and their attributes—and they can be replicated by other towns and villages. Huron East is leading the way in ventures that become adventures. Congratulations all!



Jan Hawley, Economic Development Officer Municipality of Huron East

Written for the Municipality of Huron East by Carolyn Parks Mintz

Photographs by Angela Smith Photography, Lynne Moreland, Westcoast Photography, Brenda Campbell, Director Seaforth BIA & Haley Whitelaw, Professor Fanshawe College

Local never tasted so good!!!

Local Oganics SignIt’s been said that we are what we eat, and the primary purpose of a nutritious business in Seaforth is to ensure that becomes a very good thing.

Cara and TaraHolistic Nutritionists Tara Finnigan and Cara Wicke launched Local Organics Health Food & Wellness Centre after being one of the top finalists in Huron East’s “Win This Space” competition for entrepreneurs. In response to the need for a readily available retailer of dietary supplements and organic foods in the Seaforth area, they opened their storefront carrying a wide variety of probiotics, gluten-free and whole foods, as well as vitamin products. Meats and eggs available at Local Organics are all produced by Huron County farmers.

2195_6_7_tonemapped2267_8_9_tonemappedTheir Produce Box Programme has proven to be very popular and especially effective in providing customers with high quality, affordable, certified organic and ecologically grown fruits and vegetables year round. They even include recipes and cooking suggestions. With flexibility built in, customers choose the frequency, the content and the quantity of their food box. Eating well has never been so easy!

2297_8_9_tonemapped2291_2_3_tonemappedIn addition to being a whole food supplier, Local Organics offers nutritional counselling and advice to ensure individual client needs are being met. Their retail outlet is becoming a community hub—a welcoming place where people can come to ask questions, to learn, and take charge of their own wellbeing, comfortable in the knowledge that the Cara and Tara team care.

2240_1_2_tonemapped2351_2_3_tonemappedIt’s all about encouraging a lifestyle that promotes ideal health, one that allows people to be the best they can be. Educational workshops, speakers, and group get-togethers on topics such as exercise, stress management and self-esteem are also in the works.

2318_19_20_tonemappedThere’s a positive energy inside Local Organics’ retail outlet—perhaps the food itself emits it. Certainly, Tara and Cara project it. Living well is the goal they espouse for their clientele—and their innovative initiative has everything it takes to get there.


Written by:

Carolyn Parks- Mintz for the Municipality of Huron East Economic Development Department