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16 FOCUS - JUNE 2015 Retirement Living on the Shores of Lake Scugog In the spring of 1995 a local developer Gary Moore had an idea for a seniors housing community. His dream came true in the form of West Shore Village a sprawling lakeside development which boasts a main residence large enough to accommodate 75 people and 29 on-site bungalows. Its more than just a facility explained Debbie March an employee of West Shore Village since 1999. Its like a home here. We are all family. All you have to do is check out the website and view the calendar of events and it really brings West Shore Village to life. Everything your heart would desire and more is offered. The Village van chauffeurs residents to medical appointments and shopping trips. There are outings to museums and wineries farmers markets and casinos. Movie nights wine and cheese parties ice cream socials BBQs live music and theatre are all part of the fun of living at West Shore Village. Theres also pet therapy bingo knitters nook bridge yoga nature walks a fitness centre a chapel a hair salon and a tuck shop. The elegant dining room overlooks Lake Scuogog a scenic patio gazebo and gardens. In 1995 three investors joined to provide the funds and advice needed for the development at 293 Perry Street. In the spring of 1996 the site plan was approved and construction of the main building and the first two group of houses commenced. In 1997 Mr. Moore hired Tammy Brandenburg for assistance with administrative matters and the investors recommended Neil Hunter join the company as a consultant. It must have been a proud moment in the spring of 1997 when the first four houses were complete and the historic first residents moved in. By November of that year eight houses were occupied and work started on enclosing the main building. Mr. Moore resigned from the company in early 1998 and Mr. Hunter assumed the role of President. By May of 1999 people began to settle in the main building and Metcap Living Management Inc. assumed responsibility for the management of the property. Local residents Kent Farndale Fran Herder and John Richardson formed a Community Advisory Committee to help promote West Shore Village generate community relations and plan initiatives that helped support charitable causes in the Scugog area. The remaining two housing units of Phase 1 were completed in January of 2000 and all sixteen units were soon occupied. At this time design work commenced on Phase II. The first three housing units were completed and occupied by the spring of 2003 and all thirteen were ready by the spring of 2005. In 2004 it was decided that the company would assume responsibility for the administration. Karen Arbuckle joined from the staff of Metcap and continued in her former role. Tammy Brandenburg rejoined the company as accountant in 2007 and when Mrs. Arbuckle left the company Tammy stepped in as General Manager. The presence of a long term caring staff resident council village advisory committee and garden committee help West Shore Village to continue to be a successful family owned retirement community. Embracing the community for 20 years est shore Village