Ruth Clarke Activity Centre for Seniors


 COVID-19 UPDATE | September 2020

The Ruth Clarke Activity Centre for Seniors is currently closed. Information relating to the COVID-19 situation is posted regularly at
Ruth Clarke Members are encouraged to check this link frequently for updates.  

81 Mill Street South
Port Hope, ON L1A 2S8
p: 905.885.2228


Contact Information

Older Adult Activity Coordinator
Emily Morris

Room Bookings
Lisa Filce
905.885.2474 Ext.3221

The Ruth Clarke Centre provides friendly surroundings and activities for all adults, age 55+. The centre promotes involvement, commitment, goodwill and participation among groups and individuals within the membership and community.

Newsletters & Calendars

For an update on Ruth Clarke programming and membership, please read the following letter:

For a list of programs available to Older Adults, please visit:


COVID-19 Update: Due to lost program time at the centre from the global pandemic, your Advisory Board has agreed to extend all Ruth Clarke memberships expiring on September 1, 2020, to be vaild until December 31, 2020. At this time we are unable to provide refunds for memberships. By extending your membership we hope you can enjoy the programs currently being offered and utilize the discount available to you for Municipal fitness programs.

Annual membership to the Social Club at the Ruth Clarke Activity Centre is $20.00 per person per year.

  • The membership year runs from September 1 to August 31.
  • Nominal fees are applied to the Seniors Club activities for participation.
  • Members will be issued a membership card when they pay their annual dues.
  • The Seniors Club is governed by the Advisory Board comprised of elected members.

Senior Programs are offered year round through the Ruth Clarke Centre. Various community groups and organizations use the facilities for their meetings and events. Call the centre to book a tour with the Older Adult Activity Coordinator!

Meet your Seniors' Club Advisory Board

  • Chair: Doreen Reeves
  • Coorespondence Secretary: Arlene Pettipas
  • Treasurer: Paul Hay
  • Over 90s Coordinator: Margaret Reynolds
  • Kitchen Manager: Gordon Wake
  • Recording Secretary: Linda Wilding
  • Member at Large: Peter Huffman
  • Older Adult Activity Coordinator: Emily Morris

Programs, Activities and Updates 

Registered Programs 

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture is offering fitness opportunities for older adults this fall. All classes have been developed according to Provincial guidelines and requirements from our local health unit. It is our priority to ensure the safety and well being of both our instructors and participants. Classes will be offered for a 6 week session starting the week of September 14, and participants must register to participate (there will be no drop-in option). Online and phone registration will open Monday August 31, 2020 at 8:00 am. 

For a list of available programs, please visit the Adult and Older Adult Programs section on our Recreation, Leisure & Culture Programs page. 

RCAC Programs Phase 1: September 21-October 25

At this time your Advisory Board along with Municipal staff have come to the mutual agreement to keep the Ruth Clarke Centre closed until further notice. We have the capacity to safely offer some regular RCAC programs temporarily at the Town Park Recreation Centre. Our first phase of programs will be running from September 21-October 25. The following RCAC programs will be avaiable:

  • Colouring Club, Mondays from 9:30-11:30am
  • Tai Chi Continuing, Tuesdays from 9:00-9:45am
  • Tai Chi Instructed, Tuesdays from 10:00-10:45am
  • Knitting Circle, Tuesdays from 1:00-3:00pm
  • Nordic Walking, Wednesdays from 9:00-10:00am
  • Toonie Bingo, Thursdays from 1:00-3:00pm

Due to new COVID-19 regulations, drop in participation is not avaiable for any programs. Participants are encouraged to reserve their space prior to attending. This can be done online or by calling the Town Park Recreation Centre at 905-885-7908. Reservations open on a weekly basis every Thursday.

Over 80s Discount 

Older adults aged 80 and over can enroll for free in any of the dryland fitness programs offered by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture. Regular registration timelines appy and participants must meet age requirements at the time of enrollment.  

Lunch Bunch!

Due to the global pandemic, lunch bunch will be cancelled until further notice. For those who had purchased a March 2020 Lunch Bunch ticket, we are unable to provide you with a refund as supplies were purchased for the event.

Nordic Pole Walking

Every Wednesday at 9:00am our walking group meets at Riverside Park across the street from the Ruth Clarke Centre. We begin our morning with a gentle stretch, then head off for a 3-5km walk through the downtown core along the Ganaraska River. We have some poles available for you to use if you are new to nordic walking. We do not walk in the rain, and the group conitunes walking into fall. Pole Walking will only be offered Wednesdays until October 21st and registration is required. For more information, please contact Emily Morris at or 905-885-7908 

Minds in Motion

Minds in motion is a 2 hour program that combines 1 hour of physical activity with 1 hour of mental and social stimulation.  It is designed for individuals with early to mid-stage memory loss and their care partners to attend together.  This program runs once a week for 8 weeks and offers the opportunity to establish new friendships with others who are living with similar experiences.

This program is offered in partnership with the Alzheimer's Society at the Jack Burger Sports Complex. Please note that due to the COVID-19 situation, the program is currently not running out of the Jack Burger Sports Complex. For more infomation, please contact Jennifer Stubbert, the Minds in Motion Coordinator at

Contact Jennifer to register! 

$30 per couple

To register please contact:

Jennifer Stubbert

Minds in Motion Coordinator

705-748-5131 or 1-800-561-2588 or

Program Cancellations

For program cancellations please visit

Please note that the Ruth Clarke Activity Centre is closed until further notice. Some programs are temporarily taking place at the Town Park Recreation Centre.

Volunteer Opportunities

At the Ruth Clarke Activity Centre our programs and special events are run by volunteers with the support of the Older Adult Activity Coordinator. The number of members at our centre grows daily and program needs are changing. We need more volunteers! Volunteer hours can be flexible to fit your scheudule.

Please see the volunteer job descriptions below for specific details

For your volunteer application click below  

Please complete the volunteer application and send it to Emily.

For more information about volunteering at the Ruth Clarke Senior Activity Centre please contact:

Emily Morris 

Older Adult Activity Coordinator

(905) 885-2228 ext. 2903

81 Mill Street, South

Porth Hope, Ontario, L1A 2S8


Check out some of our fun pictures!

 an older couple sit on a bench in front of the centre