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North Dundas honors Ault family with mural, renamed arena and street

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Our community’s neighbours to the east are honoring the accomplishments of a local family.

At an event Friday, North Dundas Township re-named the Winchester arena to “Sam Ault Arena”, and unveiled a mural dedicated to the Ault family on the outside of the building. The mural honors Sam Ault, who Township Mayor Tony Fraser says was key to bringing a park, curling club, school and hockey arena to the community.

“He was also the premier leader of the modernization of the cheese industry in Ontario,” Fraser says, “but he was more than just a leader in his industry… he was a leader in our community.”

The Winchester cheese plant, the largest in Canada, was owned by Ault Foods until its acquisition by Parmalat Canada in 1997. The plant is owned today by Lactalis, one of the largest dairy companies in the world, who partnered with the township to create and unveil the mural.

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Alongside the mural and the arena being re-named, a part of Winchester’s Main Street has been named after the family. “For years to come,” Fraser says, “parents will drive along Ault Way to drop their kids off at the Sam Ault Arena to play hockey or go skating.”

The mural is based on a painting by local artist Carrie Keller, and was converted into a mural by Sheldon Shane, the owner of a local sign-making company.

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