Committee Members

Members of the Seniors Citizens Advisory Council:


Betty Konc


Sue Brown


Phyliss Brown


Connie Butler


Audrey Garrett


 Valerie King


Maggie Wahl-Horne


Angie Desmarais

Staff Liaison

 Karen Walsh

Email Karen

905-835-2900 ext. 501



Agenda & Minutes


Seniors Advisory Council

The purpose of the Port Colborne Seniors Citizens Advisory Council (SCAC) is to:

1.    Advise City Council with respect to issues which have or will have an impact on Port Colborne's seniors; and

2.    Advise City Council with respect to ways in which Port Colborne can become a more age-friendly community for persons of all ages and ability levels; and

3.    Identify and advise City Council with respect to opportunities to establish policies, services and structures that support and enable seniors to live in security, enjoy good health and continue to participate fully in society.


To learn more about the Seniors Advisory Council's support for Niagara Age-Friendly,

please visit the Niagara Age-Friendly Initiative


Committee Meetings

The Seniors Advisory Council meets the 3rd Thursday of every month at City Hall
at 10 a.m.

Subject to change without advanced notice.


June is Seniors' Month

Committee members from the SAC will be at the Farmers’ Market every Friday in June from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. promoting different organizations that provide services in Port Colborne for seniors:

Friday, June 7, 2019Police, Fire & EMS

Friday, June 14, 2019Meals on Wheels, City of Port Colborne & YMCA

Friday, June 21, 2019Alzheimer, Hospice, Port Cares & Bridges

Friday, June 28, 2019Active Transportation & Age Friendly Businesses, Travel


PORTicipate Profile - Claire Wilby

Meet Claire Wilby (the opposite of ‘won’t be’),

She PORTicipates volunteering at the Port Colborne Public Library, the place she considers her second home. At 87 years-young, Claire is now entering her 20th year of volunteering.

“How and where you volunteer tells people a lot about who you are,” said Claire. “It shows people where your heart is.”

Claire is currently the lead of the shut-in deliver and pick up services for the Port Colborne Public Library. Claire delivers and returns books for residences around town. She sees an increase in senior isolation. This shut-in service allows her to socialize with seniors by dropping off books and stopping to have a cup a tea with them.

Claire is a people person, she loves communicating and getting to know everyone she meets. The shut-in services is the perfect position for her personality to shine.

Claire has been coming to the library for 30 years now and is very impressed with the new renovations. She loves the accessibility of the new bookshelves. The book she wants always seem to be on the top shelf, and this renovation has now accommodated that struggle.

Claire’s favourite book genre is history. She loves reading about the World War I and II because so much of her family was involved during this time. Her own father served for 5 years. She reads history novels to make sense of it all and finds interest in the heroic story aspect.

Consider stopping by the Port Colborne Library to grab a book, and you might have the pleasure of meeting Claire!

Way to #PORTicipate!

For more information on programs and services available for seniors at the Port Colborne Library, click here.


PORTicipate Profile - Gord Wade

Meet Gord Wade,

Gord PORTicipates in his spare time riding along the trails of Port Colborne. Gord loves the activity of cycling. To stay active, he pushes himself to get out on the bike at least 4-5 times a week.

“I do most of my riding myself to stay fit,” said Gord. “I love it on the trails, it’s safe and you don’t have to worry about cars.”

Gord and his wife have lived in the Niagara Region for 20 years now. Since the friendship trail was built, Gord has done significantly more riding into town and around the city due to the new accommodation for riders.

You will often find him riding into town to get books from the public library or groceries at the store. Whatever the reason, Gord enjoys the trip.

Way to #PORTicipate, Gord!

For a list of trails in Port Colborne, click here.


PORTicipate Profile - Museum Maintenance Men

Meet the maintenance crew of the Port Colborne Historical & Marine Heritage Museum.

These four men dedicate their Thursday afternoons of the summer to PORTicipate as volunteers on the museum grounds. Brain, Ed, Alvin and Jeff work diligently to keep the museum in respectable shape to the public by taking care of any maintenance request.

Brain and Eddie had the pleasure of moving and working to build and restore the new Timber Creek Log Cabin about five years ago. Accompanied by Al and Jeff the four men have been working hard to complete the final touches on the cabin.

This year the crew will be working on restoring the wooden fences around the grounds, refurbishing the wood ramp to Arabella’s Tea room, replacing wood on the outdoor gazebo as well has repairing the doors to the Blacksmith’s shop.

There is always maintenance to be completed, and the museum maintenance crew is always ready to PORTicipate!

Are you interest in volunteering at the Port Colborne Historical & Marine Heritage Museum visit, for more information!


PORTicipate Profile - Connie Butler

Meet Connie Butler,

Connie PORTicipates with the accompaniment of her two furry friends, Caller and Axel. The trio can often be found strolling the trails of Lock 8 or H.H. Knoll Lockview Park throughout the week.

To stay active, Connie offers to walk her sisters and friends dogs each day.  She picks Caller and Axel up and takes them for an hour walk. Connie loves the trails in Port Colborne, she admires the scenery and enjoys the friendliness vibe from residence passing by.

Not only does Connie PORTicipate in the recreational leisure of walking but she has been an active member of the Senior Advisory Council for almost one year now. Connie has had the pleasure of working on the new terms of reference for the council and being a dynamic voice to the team.

Way to #PORTicipate Connie!

For the full list of Port Colborne trails, click here.


PORTicipate Profile - Joan Perry

Joan #PORTicipates with a pair of figure skates on. You will often find her twisting, turning and gliding down the ice at the Vale Health & Wellness Centre. At 65, Joan still LOVES to figure skate and has had a passion for skating since she was 8-years-old.

Joan moved to the Niagara Region in 1987 and, although a Welland resident, skates at the Vale Health & Wellness Centre year round.

Her favourite aspect of figure skating is gliding across the ice and the freedom that accompanies it. She believes health and wellness is an important factor of life, and skating allows her to fulfil this pursuit.

You will often find Joan accompanied by her friend Karen Seliske. Joan and Karen’s friendship formed on the ice over 25 years ago. Karen learned to skate as a child but always dreamed of learning to figure skate. Karen made this dream a reality in her adult years with encouragement and inspiration from Joan. The duo currently skates year round at the Vale Health & Wellness Centre for recreational fun and exercise.

Joan and Karen are proud of their achievements through the Skate Canada test system, as well as having competed together in synchronized skating and singles competitions. They have been active volunteers and members of the local skating clubs.  Joan and Karen are also avid figure skating spectators. They have even traveled to several national and international competitions together, including two World Championships held in Canada in 2001 and 2013.  

Way to #PORTicipate Joan and Karen!

Are you a skater looking to get on the ice? Check out our PAYP spring/summer programing for all available drop in ice times.