The Third Age Network is administered by an Executive Committee and a Board of Directors. The makeup of the Executive Committee , as of October 15, 2020 is as follows:






President: Cathy Spark
Cathy Spark is honoured to take on the role of president of TAN in 2019. A former member of the Board of the Academy for Lifelong Learning and currently its webmaster, she is a firm champion of the benefits of well-run and engaging lifelong learning, and has benefitted greatly from her years as workshop facilitator, committee chair, and active volunteer. Cathy looks forward to working with TAN and its member groups as they grow and change to reflect the needs of their stakeholders.



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 long career as a financial professional with various organizations, Gaby Arato retired and became one of the founding board members of Lifelong Learning Niagara.  He was subsequently elected as it’s first president.  He currently volunteers with several organizations and was a past member of the Age Friendly Niagara Leadership Council, advocating for the implementation of various needs of older adults living in the Niagara region.


Secretary:  Sandy Thurston
Trained as a social worker and policy analyst, Sandy recently retired from a career as an administrator in children’s services. She lives in Barrie with her husband Ian, and finally has time to enjoy learning and working with Third Age Barrie.


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. 


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


Board of Directors

Member Organization Representative Term Ends
Georgian Triangle Collingwood David Green 2022
Lifelong Learning Markham Les Gagnon 2022
Third Age Learning Guelph Bill Chapman 2022
Innis College Jenny Birrell 2022
Academy for Lifelong Learning Toronto John Weatherburn 2023
Learning Unlimited Etobicoke Deb Forsyth-Petrov 2023
LIFE – Ryerson Barbara Atlas 2023
Living and Learning in Retirement Sheryl Danilowitz 2023
Third Age Learning Kitchener Waterloo Valerie Beckett 2024




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