Port Dalhousie Renaissance Committee
The Port Dalhousie Renaissance Committee was formed by the Port Dalhousie Conservancy in response to the decay in the Port Dalhousie Commercial core.
We presented a number of ideas to city council in concert with the current PDBA board at the time help re-invigorate the core. I'm very proud of the work that was done on that committee and I believe it started a rebirth of interest in the plight of our commercial core.
Port Dalhousie Beautification and Works Committee(BWC)
Since its inception in 2014 I have been involved with the many projects of the BWC , including a proud founding member of it's Board of Directors. These important projects around the community include:
- Henley Grandstand entrance revamp for the Pan Am Games
- Lock and Main retaining wall repair
- Pollinator gardens in David S. Howes park/Rennie Island/Henley Island
- Old Lock One Commons(National Heritage Trust competition win)
- Many more smaller projects throughout the commercial core and surrounding neighbourhood of Port Dalhousie.
Mackie's Harbourfront Market/The Alley Beach Bar & Grog House
Noticing a desire for local products and the nostalgia of Port days past, in 2016 my family and I took overt occupancy of 28 Lakeport Rd. - the Old Port Candy Store - in an effort to reanimate the building and bring new businesses to the core. Mackie's operates year-round on the main floor, and The Alley Beach Bar & Grog House operates seasonally in Hogan's Alley.
Port Dalhousie Christmas Market
December 2016 saw the launch of the Inaugural Port Dalhousie Christmas Market, attracting an approximated 5000 per day in Port Dalhousie's commercial core.
The market featured decorated German style market cabins, artisan vendors, central lit Christmas Tree, free pictures with Santa. As a proud founder of this annual event, I was pleased to see the event support Community Care of St. Catharines with over 4000lbs of donated food.