Ruth Clarke Activity Centre for Seniors



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

Contact Information

Older Adult Activity Coordinator (on leave)
Emily Morris

Interim Older Adult Activity Coordinator
Rebecca Persaud 

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.

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

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
  • Vice Chair: Bernice Makepeace
  • Coorespondence Secretary: Arlene Pettipas
  • Treasurer: Paul Hay
  • Over 90s Coordinator: Margaret Reynolds
  • Kitchen Manager: Gordon Wake
  • Recording Secretary: Linda Wilding
  • Member: Peter Huffman
  • Past Chair: Betty Beharry Lall
  • Older Adult Activity Coordinator: Emily Morris
  • Interim Older Adult Activity Coordinator: Rebecca Persaud  

Programs, Activities and Updates 

New Programs at Ruth Clarke this Fall

There will be 2 new programs coming to Ruth Clarke this fall!

Mindfulness Meditation
A mindfulness meditation class will run on Tuesdays from 11am-12pm in the lower lounge. This class will help participants to experience clarity in their everyday lives and live in harmony with the world around them. Come out to an information session on Friday November 8, 2019 from 10am-11am to meet the instructor and learn more about the practice of Mindfullness Meditation. The first day of class will be Tuesday November 19, 2019 from 11am-12pm. This class is offered on a drop in basis.  

Open Art Studio
Starting Wednesday November 20, 2019, there will be an Open Art Studio every Wednesday from 9am-11am at the Ruth Clarke Centre. Paticipants are invited to bring their own creative ideas and projects along with their own supplies to these fun and relaxing mornings. This is not a structured class, but an instructor will be present to offer advice and assistance. These sessions are offered on a drop in basis with a $5 drop in fee. 

Annual Christmas Lunch 

The Ruth Clarke annual Christmas lunch will be taking place at the Port Hope Lions Recreation Centre (29 Thomas Street) on Friday December 6, 2019. This event includes a catered turkey lunch, holiday entertainment and raffles. Doors open at 11:30am and lunch is served at noon. Tickets are $20.00 per person and can be purchased at the Ruth Clarke office starting November 4, 2019. Cash or cheque accepted only. Note that tickets are only available to members and must be purchased by November 29, 2019.

Lunch Bunch!

On the third Monday of every month join us at the Ruth Clarke Centre for lunch! Soups, sandwiches, desserts, tea and coffee all included for just $5.00. Purchase your lunch bunch ticket at the Ruth Clarke Office. The next Lunch Bunch is on Monday November 18, 2019 at noon. 

Nordic Walking

Every Wednesday and Friday morning 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. The last day of Nordic Walking for the season will be Friday November 1, 2019

Duplicate Bridge

This is an important notice to the members of our Duplicate Bridge group that the program has been permanently relocated to the Town Park Recreation Centre on Tuesday nights at at 6:30pm. This program will remain as a Ruth Clarke Activity with a new location allowing for the program to continue to grow!

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.  The Municipality will be hosting the Minds in Motion program.

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

Sit and Be Fit 

Sit & Be Fit is now a registered fitness class. Dates, times and locations of classes can be found in the Fall and Winter Leisure Guide. Please note that a fourth Sit and Be Fit class has been added and will take place on Thursdays from 11am-11:45am. Winter 1 registration opens on Monday November 4, 2019 and runs until Wednesday November 13, 2019. Participants can register in person at the Town Park Recreation Centre, Jack Burger Sports Complex, or Ruth Clarke Activity Centre. As well, registration can be completed online or over the phone. See the Leisure Guide for more information regarding registraiton. 


Program Cancellations

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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 Rebecca.

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

Rebecca Persaud 

Interim Older Adult Activity Coordinator

(905) 885-2228 ext. 2903

81 Mill Street, South

Porth Hope, Ontario, L1A 2S8



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