About Us

Our Centre is one of the oldest independently owned Senior Recreation Centre in the Niagara Region. We are not run by any municipality or government agency, but by our Staff and Board, this means that we can make the decisions that best fit our members.

We pay our own property taxes, utilities, wages, etc like everyone else. We get some funding from the City of Port Colborne and the Ontario Senior Secretariat but most of our revenue comes from our memberships, participation in our programs, special events, visitors and donations, etc.

We are proud of the fact that we have been able to keep this Centre running strong for over 55 years…Keeping older adults active…

Many of our favorite activities as well as special events. Most of our events and activities are open to members and visitors, if you have any questions just drop by the Centre or give us a call. We would be happy to answer your questions.

If you haven’t been to the Centre in a long time, or have not been here before, come in for a visit and see what we have to offer. We have a membership of 400 to 500, and we have lots of fun together. Don’t wait too long stop by today.

Remember: ” Growing old is expected, but growing up is optional”.

Come join us for some fun and friendship.

In the autumn of 2010 our organization turned 50!  Wow. We have been keeping area adults (seniors) active for 50 years here in the City of Port Colborne.

Some Early History of The Port Colborne Senior Centre

The Port Colborne Rotary Club when searching for a project as a community service, investigated the possibility and need for a senior citizens club.  The result of the investigation showed that there was a very definite need.  After four months of preparation and special meetings with senior citizens in the community the inception of the new club came on September 28th, 1960 when the first official meetings were paid for by the Rotary.

The initial membership was 88.

The aims and purpose of the club was to bring fellowship to all senior citizens and companionship to the lonely.  To build a fellowship of men and women devoted to the task of living fuller lives through a program of social recreation.

To start the program off financially, the Rotary Club gave the centre a $200 cheque to cover immediate incidental expenses.

For the first few months, the club met in the legion hall, with Rotary paying the monthly rent.  On February 1st, 1961 our sponsors finalized arrangements with city council to rent the home of the late Miss Arabella Williams, 280 King Street, as a day centre.  After a few months of cleaning by the members, and furnishing the centre, the doors officially opened on May 6, 1961

Late in 1962, the centre had progressed by good organizing and management to the point where it was a self-supporting club.  A committee of Rotarians met the club, and it was decided that the club should manage their own affairs completely.  However, they felt that if their financial support should suddenly stop it might cause the club some embarrassment.  Therefore, it was decided that the Rotary would donate, over a period of four years, reducing the amount by $250 each year.  From that day on, the club became completely self supporting.

Membership began to grow, as the admission age was lowered from 65 to 60.  It soon became apparent that the present club was inadequate.  Investigations were soon made regarding a location for the new centre; large stores, empty buildings, and large houses, but nothing suitable developed.  The late president, Frank Prosser, called a meeting for members and city council at the St. Patrick’s Hall to find a means of promoting a new centre.  It was decided that the City of Port Colborne would donate sufficient land in Kinnear Park to build a modern centre, together with a generous cash grant.  Mr. Stan Butcherd, architect, drew up plans for the new building.  A substantial grant from the province of Ontario under the elderly person’s centre’s act supported the project.

The first spade of dirt was lifted on April 30, 1971.  The structure was completed on time and the official opening was held on October 31, 1971.

 

 

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