Monthly Archives: June 2014

News from our Reach Out Food Centre

Great things are happening in our community and today the Reach Out Food Centre received some much needed assistance.

A big thank you to the Students of the SHSM Program – Construction Technology at Lakeshore Catholic High School who built wonderful food bins for us under the direction of teacher Tino Nuccitelli. The bins will be used to collect food donations at various events and locations in the community. 

Lakeshore binds for ROFC June 2014

From left to right : Amanda Upper, Port Cares Food Security Support &  Lakeshore Students :  Kevin Bell, Gabby McKinnon and Bryce Biller.

Port Cares also thanks the Port Thrift Shop located at 12 Charlotte St, in downtown Port Colborne for their generous donation of $500.00 to the Reach Out Food Centre.

port thrift donation june 2014

Shown from left to right is Bambi Reker, Port Thrift Store Manager & Andrea Birrell ,Manager Reach Out Food Centre & Joanne Augustine, Port Thrift, Assistant Manager.




Lynda Reinhart receives Legacy Leader Award

On June 12th, Lynda Reinhart received the Legacy Leader Award, “in recognition of her outstanding contributions to adult literacy in Niagara” at an awards ceremony held in St. Catharines.lynda literacy award

Lynda will be retiring from her position as Executive Director this week and Port Cares welcomes you to attend an open house in her honour on June 25th  from 3 pm to 6 pm at our 92 Charlotte St. location. Presentations and cake cutting will begin at 4 pm. For more information please call 905-834-3629.



Port Cares Welcomes New Executive Director, Christine Clark Lafleur

ED pictureThe Board of Directors of Port Cares is pleased to announce that Christine Clark Lafleur has been hired as the organization’s new Executive Director. Christine Clark Lafleur, a resident of Ridgeway, brings more than twenty years of experience working in health care, the communications field, and executive administration to the social service agency.

Ms. Clark Lafleur has an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in communications, and is currently completing a Master of Arts degree in Information Studies at Athabasca University. Her outstanding and proven leadership skills have been successfully acknowledged and praised by those who have had the privilege to work with Christine. Her professional roles have included Chief Administrative Director, Office of the President, Brock University, Chief Communications Officer with the Niagara Health System, and Director of Community Relations for the former St. Catharines General Hospital and the Niagara-on-the-Lake Hospital. In addition, Christine has been extensively involved as a Director of the provincial Trillium Gift of Life Network.

Christine has left a significant imprint on a number of initiatives and programs. At Brock University, to gauge the progress that was being made on its 2010 – 2014 strategic plan, she created and led a multi-stakeholder environmental scan to identify and assess the University’s strengths and weaknesses. In 2011, while at the Niagara Health System, she was responsible for the community engagement and stakeholder forum to support the introduction of new cancer treatment services in Niagara.

“Port Cares, its current and future clients, and supporters of the organization are fortunate to have Christine join our dedicated and professional staff in delivering compassionate and assistive services” said Scott McLean, Chair of the agency’s Board of Directors. “Christine’s leadership skills and dynamic personality are the perfect mix to guide the organization long into the future.”  Christine Clark Lafleur will commence her employment as the Executive Director of Port Cares on Monday, June 16, 2014.


Lynda Reinhart, Executive Director of Port Cares will retire in June 2014

hW5Mq17937324mLynda Reinhart, Executive Director of Port Cares will be retiring after 25 years of service to Port Cares and her community. Lynda began her career at Port Cares in 1989 and has been instrumental in the growth of the agency, beginning with the Learning Centre and Employment programs and the formation of strategic partnerships with other programs and agencies. Port Cares provides vital services to Port Colborne and the surrounding communities and has grown to meet those needs under her leadership.  As Executive Director, Lynda has vested much of her energy towards the creation of the Reach Out Food Centre, which culminated in the build of an expanded centre and food bank in 2012 at 61 Nickel St.

On behalf of the staff, members of the Board and the community of Port Colborne we wish Lynda well in all of her future endeavors.

We invite everyone to join us in celebrating Lynda’s retirement at an Open House being held at our 92 Charlotte Street location on June 25th from 3 pm to 6 pm. For more information please call 905-834-3629.

View a recent interview with Lynda