Photo and Interview Opportunity: New Child and Family Centre Grand Opening at the Seaway

WHAT: Join us for the grand opening of Niagara’s newest EarlyON Child and Family Centre located in the Seaway Mall, Welland for carnival themed kickoff with games, activities, mascots, the official ribbon cutting and more.  The Centre will provide a space for Niagara’s children, parents and caregivers to learn, play, grow and connect.

The facility is fully accessible and equipped with eco-friendly toys, play areas and staffed with qualified early year’s professionals. All of Niagara’s EarlyON Centres offer high-quality drop-in programs that are completely free and are available to all Niagara residents.

WHEN: Saturday, September 15, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Ribbon cutting to commence at noon.


  • Various children and families participants
  • Darlene Edgar, Director of Children's Services, Community Services Department, Niagara Region
  • Christine Clark Lafleur, Executive Director of Port Cares, the agency operating the EarlyON Child and Family Centre
  • ​Mike Belcastro, President of Seaway Mall

WHERE: Seaway Mall, 800 Niagara St. Welland

The event will take place in Centre Court and new EarlyON Centre located next to EB Games.


Ribbon cutting at the EarlyON Centre will take place at noon.

Children will participate in carnival-style activities and educational games that will introduce them to the EarlyON Centre as well as meet popular mascots Dunkin from the River Lions, Bones from the Niagara Ice Dogs, Chase from Paw Patrol, Benji the Blue Box and Bob from Minions.​


"We are thrilled to open Niagara’s newest EarlyON centre in the City of Welland. These family centres give all of Niagara’s children the best possible start in life and have become a vital resource for thousands of families and children in our communities."
~ Alan Caslin, Regional Chair
"EarlyON Centres across the Niagara offer high-quality child and family programs right in our local communities. Port Cares has been an EarlyON provider for nearly 30 years and is proud to serve the EarlyON Seaway Mall Centre providing a hub for parents and families, to gather helpful information, access programs and services."
~ Christine Clark Lafleur, Executive Director of Port Cares
"Seaway Mall is thrilled to welcome Niagara’s latest EarlyON Centre to our community. The creation of a safe place for families to access games and resources together is a great addition to our Seaway family."
~ Mike Belcastro, President of Seaway Mall


Katie Desharnais
Niagara Region
905-980-6000 ext. 3290

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