Ruth Clarke Activity Centre for Seniors


 COVID-19 UPDATE | August 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 (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

The month of June is a busy one! Please find our June 2020 Calendar below filled with virtual opportunities for recreation. 



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  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 

Registered Programs 

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture is offering outdoor fitness opportunities for older adults this summer. 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 4-5-week session starting the week of July 27, and participants must register to participate (there will be no drop-in option). Online and phone registration will open Monday July 20, 2020 at 8:00 am. The following classes will be offered: 

  • Outdoor Yin Yoga
  • Outdoor Hatha Yoga
  • Outdoor Circuit Training 
  • Pole Walking 

For more information, please visit the Adult and Older Adult Programs section on our Recreation, Leisure & Culture Programs page. 

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!

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. Due to the COVID-19 situation, Lunch Bunch is cancelled until further notice. 

Nordic Pole 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. Please note, Pole Walking will only be offered Wednesdays this summer.  

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 all Older Adult activities, programs, events and workshops are cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation. 


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


Check out some of our fun pictures!

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