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)
  • Gaby Arato, Lifelong Learning Niagara
  • Carolyn Askeland, Community Support Services Niagara
  • Phil Christi, City of St. Catharines
  • Jean D’Amelio Swyer, City of Thorold Age-Friendly Community Chair
  • Barbara Greenwood, Niagara Falls resident
  • Marylou Hillard, HG Brand Constructions & AGEWORK
  • Daniel Keays, Fonds Foyer Richelieu Welland
  • Lynn McCleary, Brock University
  • Coletta McGrath, Quest Community Health Centre
  • Naomi O’Brien, Niagara Region
  • Peter Papp, Town of Pelham
  • Doug Rapelje, City of Welland Senior Citizens Advisory Committee
  • Deb Rollo, Town of Pelham Seniors Advisory Committee
  • Carol Rudel, Niagara Region
  • Carolyn Triemstra, Niagara College
  • Mary Wiley, Niagara Connects