Stan and Mimi Ugovsek came to Canada in the summer of 1957 – refugees from communist Slovenia who’d escaped by posing as day hikers. They spent five days and four nights trekking, in cold and often snow, through the most difficult passage of the Austrian Alps and reached safety in Austria. After nine months in an Austrian detention camp, they arrived in Canada with $250 in their pockets – and a $250 bill from the Canadian government for their boat passage.
Within 13 years, Stan had earned enough working as a research scientist at the Ministry of Health and moonlighting at Connaught Laboratories to open his own business – Metro Medical Laboratories. His perseverance was legendary.
After enduring the Nazi invasion and occupation of his hometown in 1941, followed by communist rule after the war, Stan felt that the good fortune he experienced in Canada should be passed on to others, and he was generous and fair to a fault in his business dealings and outside ventures. He also believed that owning land represented something more stable and more lasting than money.
In 1989 Stan and a group from the tight-knit Slovenian-Canadian community purchased a large property on the southern edge of Georgian Bay near Meaford and Owen Sound. After the team successfully developed Phase One of the subdivision, Stan took over full ownership of the property, with his youngest son, Andrew. Andrew has since further developed the 42 vacant building lots on Rockcliffe Estates’ 72 acres, overseeing the installation of roads, lighting and drainage, and made it ready for building.
Stan passed away in November, 2016, but he always believed that Rockcliffe Estates would be home to a unique community on Georgian Bay. Now his vision is being realized. Welcome to Rockcliffe Estates.
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