Lions Membership Growing

The Westport Lions welcomes our new member Cheryl Couper Scala.

Westport Lions Roar

By Lion Bob Reddick

The Westport Lions are happy to announce that four new members have recently joined our club.  The first new member we would like to introduce is Lion Cheryl Couper Scala.

Lion Cheryl came to this area with her late husband Rick and two children, Chris and Danielle, in the late 1980s after joining Empire Life in Kingston.  She worked 35 years in the insurance industry, spending the last 25 years with Empire Life.  Cheryl’s career experience includes ten years in various sales and management roles and 25 years in progressive human resource management roles. 

In 2013, Cheryl took early retirement, the couple sold their home and belongings in Seeleys Bay and pursued their dream of living on their boat in Westport for the summer and wintering in Texas.  Her husband was the harbour master in Westport until he was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer.  At this point, the Coupers made Westport their permanent home.

Cheryl’s interests include boating, fishing, RVing, golfing and woodworking. 

Several years ago while she was making a live edge sofa table she met Jim Scala.  The two reconnected a year after Jim’s wife, Laurie, also passed away from pancreatic cancer.  They soon discovered that they had many interests in common, including their past careers in insurance, friends, hobbies, and the love of this community.

Cheryl and Jim married this past August, and now have a blended family of 5 children and 12 grandchildren.

Jim has been an active member of the Westport Lions Club since moving to this area. As Cheryl learned more about the organization and contributions the Lions make to the community, she quickly realized that she wanted to become a part of this organization. 

She felt that she had a lot to offer in terms of interests, leadership skills, and a desire to help others. 

Although their lives are full with family and their interests and hobbies, Cheryl has been an active member of the Westport Lions Club, initially taking on the role of chairperson for the calendar program this past spring. Now that Penny Warriner has volunteered to do this task, Cheryl is working with Jim on the Club’s newest initiative of establishing and launching a Re-Use It and Recycling Program that will be opened to the public this spring. 

Cheryl has most recently taken on the role of volunteer coordinator and will work to recruit and identify current volunteers available for the Club’s events and initiatives. 

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer can contact Cheryl by email at or by calling 613-273-5789 and leaving a message.  Lion Cheryl would be happy to discuss with you the opportunities for involvement. 

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