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Appointee Biographies

Niagara Parks Commission

SANDIE BELLOWS

Sandie Bellows is currently a City Councillor for Grantham Ward. She is also a Tournament Director for Niagara Sports & Entertainment. Community involvement includes board membership for the St. Catharines PC Riding Association, Crimestoppers of Niagara and Niagara Grape and Wine Festival as well as volunteer work with other organizations. She has a Certificate in Sales and Marketing from Seneca College.

APRIL JEFFS

APRIL JEFFS is currently a Photographer and Owner/Operator of April Jeffs Lakeside Studio. She is a former Mayor for the Township of Wainfleet as well as former Regional Councillor for the Regional Municipality of Niagara. Her community involvement includes serving as Director of the Welland Heritage and Multi-Cultural Centre as well as various roles with other organizations such as St. John Ambulance, Niagara Children's Centre, United Way Niagara Therapy Tails Niagara and Wainfleet Minor Softball Association. She has a Tourism Degree from Niagara College.

GRAHAM COVENEY

Graham Coveney is currently a Financial Advisor and Planner for TD Bank. His community involvement includes serving as a board member for Central Community Church and participating in youth hockey coaching activities. He holds a CFP designation from the Financial Planning Standards Council and a CSC/PFP from Canadian Securities Institute.

NATASHA DICIENZO

Natasha DiCienzo is a Wealth Advisor with Scotia Wealth Management. She has pervious work experience with MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas and with Falls Avenue Resort in Niagara Falls. Natasha's community involvement includes serving as a member of the Investment Committee of the Niagara Community Foundation. Natasha has a Honours Business Administration, with distinction, from Ivey Business School of Western University.

LOIS GILES

is a former Director for Information Services and Clerk at City of Guelph. His community involvement includes formerly serving as Member for Municipal Elections Act Project Team at AMCTO, and as Committee Member for Association of Municipalities of Ontario.

JESSICA FRIESEN

Jessica Friesen is the Chief Executive Officer for Gales Gas Bars Limited, and a former registered Nurse for Niagara Health System. Her community involvement includes serving as a director of the board for the Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Hospital.

RAYMOND (TED) SALCI

Raymond (Ted) Salci is a former Citizenship Judge for Citizenship & Immigration Canada, and a former Mayor for the City of Niagara Falls. His community involvement includes formerly serving as President for Niagara Falls Rotary Club.

JIM DIODATI

Mayor Jim Diodati won his seat as Mayo of Niagara Falls for the third consecutive time in 2018. When an elected official wins their third term, it is sometimes regarded as a considerable feat, as it is often noted as the most challenging race of their career. Mayor Jim’s 3rd term win was a challenge of epic proportions, but not in the same way most would expect. After first being elected mayor in 2010, beating out the incumbent, Mayor Jim proved he was doing something right when he re-elected with a whopping 84% of the vote in 2014 his second time around. But that type of major community support didn’t make his 3rd run any easier. Months before the election in 2018, Major Jim was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and underwent extensive chemotherapy over the course of that year—including right through the election. Unable to fully campaign, his team took over and everything Jim couldn’t. Jim made only very few appearances often with no hair, a weak voice, limited energy and was unable to shake people’s hands to protect his healing immune system. A vote for Mayor Jim was a vote of faith—for a strong and healthy future for Mayor Jim and for our city. Once again, people out with incredible support, allowing him to handily win his seat as mayor. Mayor Diodati has never taken the idea of teamwork lightly, but more than ever, he appreciates the sheer magic of a strong, dedicated team, along with prayer, support and a positive outlook—even in the darkest days. He has come back since receiving a clean bill of health, more active and engaged than ever. He is focused on seeing some major projects in Niagara Falls to fruition: year-round daily GO Train service, a new South Niagara Hospital for residents, a cultural market hub and many more. He is more focused on living well, feeling well, and sharing vitality, enthusiasm with those around him, but one thing hasn’t changed—he remains the City of Niagara Falls biggest fan!

BETTY DISERO

Lord Mayor Betty Disero is serving her first term as Lord Mayor of the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and is a member of Regional Council. She was a Toronto School Board trustee from 1982 to 1985, a Councillor for the City of Toronto from 1985 to 2003 and a Councillor for the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake from 2014 to 2018. She was President of Boomer Consulting Corporation from 2003 to 2017 and also worked at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation from 1979 to 1982. Lord Mayor Disero’s community involvement includes being a member of the Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake, the Niagara-on-the-Lake Historical Society and Friends of Fort George.

BARTON MAVES

Barton Maves serves as member (part-time) for the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, and an owner and Chief Operating Officer for the Sterlingbridge Marketing and Communications. He is a former Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls and Niagara on the Lake from 1995-2003. His community involvement includes serving as a baseball coach and as a Vice-Chair of the Outdoor Courts Committee for A.N. Myer Secondary School.