About Us

The Age-Friendly Niagara Network (AFNN) comprises over 350 people who have an interest in an age-friendly Niagara. These Network members have joined the AFNN distribution list to receive updates on Age-Friendly Community (AFC) developments in Niagara and other related matters of interest to older adults, those who work with older adults and other stakeholders in the community.

The AFNN was formed to ensure that AFC work in Niagara is strengthened, and continues to grow. The AFNN is coordinated by the Network Leadership Council, made up of volunteers, many of whom are older adults active in their community, and others representing government, not-for-profit organizations and businesses.

AFNN Leadership Council Members

  • Cathy Fusco, Age-Friendly Niagara Network (Co-Chair)
  • Dominic Ventresca, Age-Friendly Niagara Network (Co-Chair)
  • Barb Hopkins, Town of Fort Erie Senior Citizens Advisory Committee
  • Carolyn Askeland, Community Support Services of Niagara
  • Carolyn Triemstra, Niagara College
  • Carol Rudel, Niagara Region
  • Carrie Bosco, Niagara Falls Public Library
  • Coletta McGrath, Quest Community Health Centre
  • Daniel Keays, Fonds Foyer Richelieu Welland
  • Doug Rapelje, City of Welland Senior Citizens Advisory Committee
  • Gaby Arato, Third Age Network
  • Jean D’Amelio Swyer, City of Thorold Age-Friendly Advisory Committee Chair
  • John Meguerian, CARP Niagara
  • Koby Vanyo, City of St. Catharines
  • Lori Mambella, City of St. Catharines
  • Lynn McCleary, Brock University
  • Marylou Hilliard, HG Brand Constructions & AGEWORKS
  • Naomi O’Brien, Niagara Region
Ontario Trillium Foundation

This project is made possible by a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.