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Our members are dedicated to "Bringing Out the Best in Kids" and to do our part by supporting community activities and service projects which provide a positive role model to children and youth throughout the Welland and Pelham area. When a need arises in our community the Welland Optimist Club is ready to offer help.

Our club members are Optimists and we strive to live up to the name, and maintain an upbeat attitude, which we try to pass along to the children we serve. The words of The Optimist Creed are well known to our Optimists and it gives each member a focus for personal improvement as we work to better the world around us.

Welland Optimist Respect for Law Dinner

This year our recipient was Constable Dustin Lott of the Niagara Regional Police and as a special opportunity for the club, our civilian award went to a youth in our community, Kendon Iannizzi! Congrats to the recipients and thank you for your service to our community!

With the help of the Delta Welland Charitable Gaming Center we donated $1500 to the Welland Minor Baseball League.

This donation will help set up two house league teams and provide them equipment for the season!

We donated $1,000 for assistance programs to the elementary schools in Welland.

(from left to right)
Deb Ogilvie - Coordinator Child Care, Community Use and Partnerships
Clark Euale - Controller of Facilities Services
Don DeVreede - Welland Optimist Club Represenative
Camillo Cipriano
- Director of Education
Alexandria Pasquini-Smith - Administrator Properties and Planning

Welland Optimists donates $10,000 to Pathstone Foundation

Pathstone Foundation exists to support the work of Pathstone Mental Health, providing funding that supports services like our Hear & Now Walk-in Clinic and projects like our Mountainview Natural Playground & Healing Garden, designed to enhance therapy. Donations also help reduce the wait list, support research and strengthen a child’s experience at Pathstone.


Optimist Respect For Law Program - 2022

We had an Optimist Respect for law Program in which we awarded a plaque to a local police officer who goes above and beyond there duty to help the community. Constable Amy MacLean was the recipient this year after a 3 year hiatus due to Covid.

In the photo are: Allan Wimbush (Welland Optimist), Inspector Sandy Staniforth, (Welland Detachment), Constable Amy MacLean (Recipient), Lorraine (Amy's Mother), Don DeVreede (President of Welland Optimist) and Deputy Chief Brett Flynn (Niagara Region).

Booze Barrow Fundraiser

Win a wheelbarrow full of premium adult
beverages (wheelbarrow included).

Tickets $10 Each or 3 for $25

Only 300 tickets available!

Draw to be held at the Welland Optimist Club on Monday, November 21, 2022. 7:30pm.

Your attendance is not required

Estimated Prize Value $950.00

License #: M846663

Individuals must be 19 years of age or older to participate.

If you're interested in purchasing tickets please contact any Optimist Club Member or email treasurer Chris Boyer (the.welland.optimist.club@gmail.com) for more details or to purchase tickets directly.

2022 Christmas Toy Drive!

Children ages 15 and under.

Register in person between November 14th and December 2nd at The Salvation Army (Seaway Mall, 800 Niagara St. Welland)

  • Mondays: 1:00 - 3:30
  • Tuesdays: 9:30 - Noon, 1:00 - 3:30
  • Wednesdays: 9:30 - Noon, 1:00 - 3:30
  • Thursdays: 1:00 - 3:30
  • Fridays: 1:00 - 3:30

Please have address, IDs and income ready as well as a wish list and sizes.

Our volunteers provided a free Family Day skate in Welland on February 21st, 2022

Thank you to everyone who was able to make it out to this very well attended event. We talked to hundreds of families who were not only pleased with the free hotdog / fries and drink we provided but what amazing work we do in our community. A visit from Sgt Carter and Councillor Chiocchio acknowledged our efforts.

Recent Donations: City of Welland Recreation’s Summer Camp, Niagara Sexual Assault Center, 9th Welland Scout Troop, Huntington’s Society of Niagara Marathon, Welland 2021 Food Drive - $1500.

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