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Mayor Campion’s Statement On The Passing Of Distinguished Wellander Douglas H. Rapelje

Doug Rapelje/Supplied photo

As mayor of the City of Welland, I, along with the community, mourn the loss of Doug Rapelje, who passed away last week (Wednesday, May 5). Doug was a highly respected member of the community and will be deeply missed.

As an advocate, Doug served as Director of the Senior Citizens Department of the Niagara Region for 44 years until his retirement in 1995. Beyond his working years, Doug continued to advocate for seniors in Niagara.

In Welland, one of the Region’s long-term care homes is named the Rapelje Lodge, a fitting recognition for a man who worked tirelessly to upgrade care for seniors through programs such as respite care, home care, and meals on wheels.

Beyond the care, Doug was instrumental in our city receiving the Ontario Age-Friendly Community Recognition Award and funding for 10 new hospice beds here in Welland.

The accolades that we could pile on Doug are as notable as they are many, and for many reasons, he will be missed in our community and beyond. As someone who cared so deeply for his community, the impact of this loss has reverberated through Niagara.
Doug’s legacy will live on, and those whose lives he touched will not forget his work.

Our condolences are with the Rapelje family during this time of loss.

In honour of Doug, flags were lowered on May 12.

Frank Campion
City of Welland

Connecting Seniors From The Comfort Of Their Homes

WELLAND The City of Welland Recreation and Culture Division has been awarded a Provincial Seniors Community Grant in the amount of $20,650 to provide a Seniors’ Centre Without Walls (SCWW) program in Welland. The SCWW program will provide a dependable, supportive group and learning centre by connecting seniors with a variety of essential programs and activities from the comfort of their home.  

Starting March 22, seniors can easily join and enjoy free programming using their telephone; no computer or internet is needed. Just a phone call connects participants with educational discussions, health and wellness activities, local history conversations, games sessions and service information. Seniors are not alone when they join this interactive telephone-based virtual seniors’ centre. It’s fun, free and easy!

If you or someone you know is finding it difficult to get out and be part of the community, Seniors’ Centre Without Walls will be available mornings and afternoons on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting March 22 until the end of May.

Registration can be done by contacting recreation@welland.ca or 905-735-1700 ext. 4000 and referencing Seniors’ Centre Without Walls (SCWW). A downloadable calendar of events is available on the Seniors’ Centre Without Walls section on the Online Wellness Guide https://wellness.welland.ca, printed copies are available at the Welland Community Wellness Complex and all branches of the Welland Public Library. 

(Source: City of Welland news release)