About Us

The Age-Friendly Niagara Network (AFNN) comprises hundreds of 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

  • Betty Konc, City of Port Colborne Senior Citizens Advisory Council
  • Cathy Fusco, Age-Friendly Niagara Network (Co-Chair)
  • Dominic Ventresca, Age-Friendly Niagara Network (Co-Chair)
  • Carolyn Askeland, Community Support Services of Niagara
  • Carolyn Triemstra, Niagara College
  • Carol Rudel, Niagara Region Seniors Services
  • Carrie Bosco, Niagara Falls Public Library
  • Coletta McGrath
  • Doug Rapelje, City of Welland Senior Citizens Advisory Committee
  • Jacob Ilantzis, Fonds Foyer Richelieu Welland
  • Janet Madume, Welland Heritage Council and Multicultural Centre
  • 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 Seniors Services
  • Sandra Downey, Inspired Aging
  • Rose Dzugan, City of Welland Senior Citizens Advisory Committee
Ontario Trillium Foundation
This project is made possible by a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.