The Friends of Roselawn Centre (FoRC) were delighted to be a part of the City of Port Colborne’s official unveiling of phase one renovations to the historic mansion at the Roselawn Centre, on July 24, 2018. Local and regional dignitaries were in attendance, including Port Colborne Mayor John Maloney, Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey, and Port Colborne native David Lamettie, currently MP for LaSalle-Émard-Verdun.

Long-time FoRC volunteer and Board Member, Arlene Lessard spoke on the Friends’ behalf:

On behalf of the Friends of Roselawn Centre, thank you for this invitation to be here today. We are pleased to be part of this exciting unveiling.

In 2015 our board began our capital campaign for the external restoration of this heritage house and we pledged $50,000 along with the majority of support from the City and the Federal Canada 150 grant.

We were very happy to have met our goal this past March!

We want to thank our capital campaign donors who are very supportive of our goals. You made the difference! We want to thank our volunteers through the FoRC and the City of Port Colborne. These volunteers are the ones who make our fundraising events so successful.

I would also like to acknowledge our hard-working volunteer Board of Directors:
Laurie Pye, Past President, Artist & Educator
Pat Bowman, Treasurer & Master Gardener (Pat has a great impact on the Roselawn gardens)
Carol Brisley, Secretary, Historian & Artist
Glenda Buck, Fundraising & Membership Chair
Heather Fenton Finlayson, Graphic Design & Social Media
Paul Tyson, Artist & Advisor

Although she is not on our board, we want to extend a big thank you to Gail Todd. She is one of the founding members of FoRC – and she has been a true champion of our cause and provided tireless support for many of our events.

We also appreciate all of the work and assistance that we have received from the Roselawn Centre staff, including Terry Shauble, Bonnie Schneider, Kate Vance, Jim Hawley, Michele Cuthbert and Nicole Halasz.

Throughout the winter and spring, as we’ve had our Board meetings here, we have watched as the crumbling brick façade, the decayed cornices and the leaky ceilings have been transformed into this valuable legacy and historical treasure. It’s truly incredible and beautiful work.

As we were meeting, looking out of the south windows, we  saw scaffolding go up, work boots go across and heard some pretty good rock music too. We watched crews up on the mansard roof and in cranes working at the top. Then we saw the meticulous work and restoration begin to reveal itself.

Congratulations and thank you to the City of Port Colborne Engineering Department and to King Contractors of Niagara. What a fabulous job!

This is an important milestone for the Roselawn Centre, and for our local history and arts & culture in our community.

Thank you!