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Honouring the Past….Shaping the Future

Historic Landmark Purchased by Local Family

Located in the Village of Vanastra, former CFB Clinton

Jason, Stephen and Andrew Oud are not only good businessmen, they’re good neighbours, good corporate citizens, but more notably, they are visionaries……evident in their recent purchase of the iconic “Radome” located in the Village of Vanastra, the former Canadian Forces Base Clinton (CFB) in the Municipality of Huron East of Huron County.

The Oud’s connection to the former military community is longstanding through their parents’ link to Canada, and the deliverance of their homeland in The Netherlands during World War II.  The liberation of Holland by Canadian forces, with the help of new technology at the time, namely Radar, was not lost on the Dutch, with many immigrating to Canada after the war.

After farming the land in Huron County for several decades, Peter and Joan Oud (coincidentally) purchased the dining hall at this once bustling Royal Canadian Air Force radar training base.  Today, the refurbished and remodelled “Other Ranks Mess Hall” is now the home of Vanastra Packaging, owned by their sons.

The role of radar and the technical training conducted at RCAF/CFB Clinton were critically instrumental in the Allies winning World War II — and evidence of this significant achievement is now in the hands of the Oud brothers.  The derelict white dome that housed state-of-the-art radar instructional equipment stands as a testament to Canada’s substantial contribution to the war effort.

The Oud’s vested interest in the Village of Vanastra goes beyond their business—it involves pride in the history of the former base as well as community spirit, both of which lead them to undertake initiatives that improve the neighbourhood, the environment, working conditions and local lifestyle.  Value-added is more than monetary to these successful entrepreneurs, and the story doesn’t end HERE! .

With the acquisition of this iconic landmark, the Oud brothers have their sights set on renovating and re-purposing this building for commercial or institutional purposes. Although, the historical significance of the Radome is not far from their thoughts, propelling them to investigate opportunities to preserve and protect a portion of this important military icon.

If there was ever an example of the RCAF motto, “Per Ardua ad Astra” – “Through Adversity to the Stars,” it’s the Oud boys and their futuristic hard work!

 

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Contact:

Jan Hawley, Economic Development Officer

Municipality of Huron East

519.527-0160

jhawley@huroneast.com

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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Contact:

Jan Hawley, Economic Development Officer Municipality of Huron East jhawley@huroneast.com

Written by:

Carolyn Parks Mintz for the Municipality of Huron East