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.

Newsletters & Calendars




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 

Ruth Clarke Income Tax Program  

The Ruth Clarke Centre is currently hosting its annual FREE Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) from now until April 30, 2020. 

Who is elgible for this service?
This service is only available to Ruth Clarke members. You must have a current 2019-2020 membership to participate. Memberships are $20 and can be purchased at the office.
How is this service offered?
This service is offered by appointment only. Appointments take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in both the morning and afternoon.
How long does an appointment typically last?
Individuals will be given a 45-minute time slot, while couples will be given a 60-minute time slot. Please indicate whether you are an individual or couple at the time of booking.
What do I bring to my appointment?
Please ensure you have the following with you: (1) prior year’s return, (2) notice of assessment and (3) property tax or rent receipts. If qualifying for the Disability Tax Credit, communicate this at the beginning of your appointment.
How do I book an appointment?
To book please call the Ruth Clarke Centre office at 905-885-2228 or send an email to Please provide your name and number when booking.

The Centre continues to thank our income tax volunteer who goes above and beyond to provide exceptional service!

Active Living and Nutrition Series 

The Municipality of Port Hope is pleased to announce a free Active Living and Nutrition Series for older adults from January to March 2020. This series includes free fitness classes, free community kitchens, free lunch & learn seminars, and free educational opportunities. Workshops are open for registration on a first come, first serve basis in person, over the phone or online as of January 6, 2020. For more information see the January-February Newsletter. Please contact Reannen Carreiro if you have any questions. She can be reached by email at or at 905-885-7908.

Digital Literacy Workshops  

Northumberland County, in collaboration with David Robertson of Tech'd Out Technology Services is offering 2 free Technology workshops at Ruth Clarke. These 1 ½ hour training sessions will explore topics around general technology knowledge and personal security on the internet. The workshops will take place on March 13 and March 20 at 10am. Registration can be done online, in person at the Town Park Recreation Centre, Jack Burger Sports Complex or Ruth Clarke Activity Centre or over the phone at 905-885-2474. This is a free opportunity!

Registered Programs 

Registration for fitness classes for the Winter 2 Session opens on January 27 and closes on February 5. Registration can be done online, over the phone or in person at the Ruth Clarke Centre, Jack Burger Sports Complex or Town Park Recreation Centre. Dates, times, locations, fees and registration instructions can be found in the Fall and Winter Leisure Guide. Please note that registration is completed on a first come, first serve basis. 

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 March 16, 2020 at noon. It will be a St. Patrick's Day theme, so come dressed in green and you might be lucky enough to win a prize! 

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 first day of Nordic Walking for the season will be Wednesday April 15 2020. Come join us! 

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



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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