The Third Age Network is administered by an Executive Committee and a Board of Directors. The makeup of the Executive Committee , as of May 3, 2019 is as follows:



President: Cathy Spark
Cathy Spark is a member of the Board of the Academy for Lifelong Learning, chairs their Communications Committee, and is the Academy’s webmaster. She has extensive experience in the engineering sector, and, for more than 35 years, has developed effective brand positioning, change management, and strategic communication strategies in Canada and internationally.

Past President:   Nancy Christie
An association manager in the disability field, Nancy Christie retired in 2001.Her involvement with TAN was initially with Living and Learning in Retirement at Glendon. She has been involved with TAN since its inception.

Vice President:  Gaby Arato
After a career as a financial professional, Gaby Arato became an instrumental part of the Niagara Community as one of the founding board members of Lifelong Learning Niagara. He is a member of the Niagara Aging Strategy Leadership Council which answers the needs of older adults living in the Niagara Region. For recreation, he plays classical mandolin with a small local Klezmer band in St. Catharines.

Secretary:  Sandy Thurston

Treasurer: Carole Langford
Carole Langford is a past president of Living and Learning in Retirement and a founder and past president of Third Age Learning-York Region. 

Directors-at-Large on the Executive Committee:

Louise Pope
Louise Pope is the co-founder  of Third Age Barrie Lifelong Learning and is chair of its Executive Committee. A social worker by training, Louise worked in management  in community health and social services in the Region of York and County of Simcoe.

Michelle Gold
Michelle is committed to identifying trends and interests of younger baby boomers, as they embrace third age learning, and was the keynote speaker for TAN’s 2018 Forum. In common with others of her generation, she continues to work as a consultant to non-profits and networks, assisting them to sharpen their focus, performance and influence. Her career includes a decade in a senior leadership role in a provincial association; and working with communities to support positive aging.  


Sandra Kerr
Sandra Kerr is the director of programs for 50 Plus in the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University. She is well known in the lifelong learning community in North America.

Board of Directors:

Member Organization Representative Term Ends
Academy for Lifelong Learning, Toronto Doug Wilson 2020
Lifelong Learning Mississauga Sandy Leppan 2021
Georgian Triangle, Collingwood David Green 2019
Living and Learning in Retirement, Toronto Sheryl Danilowitz 2020
Third Age Learning, Burlington Sharon Gibbons 2021
LIFE Institute, Toronto Barbara Atlas 2020
Society for Learning in Retirement, London TBA 2021
Third Age Barrie Louise Pope 2019
Third Age Learning, Guelph Bill Chapman 2019
University of Toronto Senior Alumni Ass’n Maureen Somerville 2020


Third Age Network, c/o Programs for 50+,
The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education,
Ryerson University,
350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2K3