On September 22, 2015, the Chatham-Kent town of Buxton received national recognition as it was featured on CBC’s hit show “Still Standing”. The series, which follows well-known actor and comedian Jonny Harris across Canada in search of the most unique communities, had no shortage of material when it came to finding out just what it is that makes the Chatham-Kent community so special. Harris, who is well versed in each big city, nook and cranny across the country, made the claim that, historically speaking, Buxton was, perhaps, the “most interesting place” that he had been to.

Jeremy Eagen, a 28 year-old lifelong resident of Chatham-Kent and whose family business, Bradonna Woodwork Inc, was featured in the episode, chose to come baCK to Chatham-Kent to put his original ideas to work in hopes of creating new business opportunities.

“In the past three years we have doubled our production, giving us the ability to add more full time positions” explains Eagen, who has recently started his own new business venture, ‘Outside the Box – Custom Laser Engraving’. Eagen credits the abundance of available resources for young entrepreneurs in Chatham-Kent. “This community is incredibly close-knit; the amount of word-of-mouth referrals we receive for new business is unbelievable” Eagen said, “I don’t know if it would be possible to have such success, so early, if I were located anywhere else but Chatham-Kent”. 

Christopher Prince, also featured in the ‘Still Standing” hit show, came baCK to CK because of the unmatched work-life balance available here. Prince, who works as a Community Engagement Coordinator for the local YMCA and also farms land within Chatham-Kent, still manages to be an active member of Buxton’s Next Generation and plays in the Chatham Co-Ed Slo-Pitch League, all while raising six children alongside his wife, Stephanie.

“I really do feel like Chatham-Kent is a place where you can work and play. You can have your cake, you can eat it and you can go up for seconds, too” joked Prince, “I can do all of these great things because of my wonderful wife, and the fact that I’m not wasting hours of my day commuting to work. I get to spend real, quality time doing the things I love, with the people I love, and I get to do it right here in Chatham-Kent”.

These testimonials and the booming community spirit found across  Chatham-Kent, have shown Jonny Harris, the CBC cast, and now the rest of the country just what makes Chatham-Kent so special and why Eagen, Prince and many other young people are choosing CK to plant their roots and spread their wings.

With some of the most beautiful natural amenities, mildest climates and lowest costs of living in Canada, Chatham-Kent is proving to be the perfect “stay-cation” for residents of all ages. In fact, many CK’ers are finding themselves answering the question “Why Chatham-Kent?” with “Why live anywhere else?”

As successful, thriving residents make national headlines and the list of recognitions continue to grow, perhaps the country’s best kept secret isn’t so secret after all. Whether you are deciding where to start your business, or your family, whether you are embarking on a brand new career or you would like to make the ease into retirement that much easier we invite you, too, to Choose CK. 

Interested in visiting Buxton and ringing the Liberty Bell for yourself? Then check out information on our VisitCK website, where you can learn about the unique black history throughout Chatham-Kent.             

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