Boards and Committees

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Legislative Committees

Committee of Adjustment

Chair: John Theisen

Vice Chair: Henry D'Angela

City Councillor: Henry D'Angela

Secretary Treasurer: Angela Nesbitt, Planning and Development Services Clerk 

Members: Kieran Daniels, Peter DiPaola, Glen Jackson, Edward Pizzo, George Ravenek, John Theisen, 

Terms of Reference: Committee of Adjustment - Terms of Reference 

For more information visit our Committee of Adjustment page. 

Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee

The Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee is comprised of representatives from six partner municipalities in Niagara: Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Pelham, Thorold, and West Lincoln. The committee's mandate is to promote equal opportunity and accessibility by identifying and removing barriers for people with disabilities.  

2022-2026 Council Term Appointments to the JAAC: Janice Desroches, and Joey Hewitt. 

2024 Meetings will be held on the following Thursdays from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

- January 11, 2024

- March 14, 2024

- May 9, 2024

- July 11, 2024

- September 12, 2024

- November 14, 2024

For information about the JAAC, contact the Office of the Clerk at 905-227-6613, or visit our accessibility page here: Accessibility - City of Thorold

Committees of Council

Age-Friendly Committee

Chair: Jean D’Amelio Swyer

Vice Chair: Leslie Daniels 

City Councillor: Tim O'Hare

Staff Liaison: Dave Baldoni, Acting Manager of Community Services

Members: Muhammad Anees, Brenda Bator, Karen Blackley, Barb Daly, Jean D'Amelio Swyer, Leslie Daniels, Marilyn Fraser, Gordon Michael Hayes, Joey Hewitt, Cesar Fernando Flores Rodríguez   

Terms of Reference: Age-Friendly Committee - Terms of Reference


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 Community Events Advisory Committee

Chair: Marsha Coppola

Vice Chair: Brenda Bator

City Councillor: Nella Dekker

Staff Liaison: Dave Baldoni, Acting Manager of Community Services

Members: Brenda Bator, Carmella Broccolo-Criger, Marsha Coppola, Stephanie Couture, Clarissa Gatbonton, Elizabeth Martin, Faith Mutic, Amanda Rudachuk, Riccardo Soccio

Terms of Reference: Community Events Advisory Committee - Terms of Reference

Diversity Equity & Inclusion Advisory Committee

Chair: Rene Nand

Vice Chair: TBD

City Councillors: Henry D'Angela, Tim O'Hare

Staff Liaison: Matthew Trennum, City Clerk

Members: Janice Desroches, Andrew Foster, Cameron Macpherson, Rene Nand, Saba Qazi, Cesar Fernando Flores Rodríguez   

Terms of Reference: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee - Terms of Reference

Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity Advisory Committee

Chair: Joseph Prytula

Vice Chair: Mark Freeman

City Councillors: Anthony Longo, Tim O'Hare

Staff Liaison: Connor MacIsaac, Planner

Members: Linda Borland, Leslie Daniels, Mark Freeman, Joseph Prytula, Kerry Royer, Amber Schmucker  

Terms of Reference: Environment, Climate Change & Biodiversity Advisory Committee - Terms of Reference

Heritage Advisory Committee

Chair: Anna O'Hare

Vice Chair: Winsome Stec

City Councillor: Tim O'Hare

Staff Liaison: Morgan Casciani, Chief Planner

Members: Linda Borland, Ray Borland, Mary Dekeyzer, Anna O'Hare, Tom Russell, Riccardo Soccio, Winsome Stec, Dave Tufford

Terms of Reference: Heritage Advisory Committee - Terms of Reference


Parks, Trails and Recreation Advisory Committee

Chair: Kieran Daniels

Vice Chair: Ian Woods

City Councillors: Mike De Divitiis, Ken Sentance

Staff Liaisons: Dave Baldoni, Acting Manager of Community Services and Jacob Tedesco, Acting Program Supervisor

Members: Joe Atkinson, Sean Callaghan, Marsha Coppola, Kieran Daniels, Peter DiPaola, Cheryl Gordon, Jeff Ickovich, Deborah Isherwood, Rich McCulloch, Robert Merrill, Zoran Radovanović, George Ravenek, Ian Woods    

 Terms of Reference: Parks, Trails and Recreation Advisory Committee - Terms of Reference

Road Safety Advisory Committee

Chair: Michael Milburn

Vice Chair: Maniza Rahman

City Councillors: Carmen DeRose, Henry D'Angela 

Staff Liaisons: Sean Dunsmore, Manager of Engineering; Steve Santo, Manager of Public Works

Members: Donna Murphy Del Cueto, Garth Gifford, Michael Milburn, Vikram Prabhakar, Maniza Rahman, Matthew Tilbrook, Paul Webb (NRPS)  

Terms of Reference: Road Safety Advisory Committee - Terms of Reference

Tourism Advisory Committee

Chair: Terri Woodhouse 

Vice Chair: George Ravenek

City Councillor: Nella Dekker

Staff Liaison: Ken Scholtens, Manager of Economic Development and Tessa Buonocore, Assistant to the Mayor & Council

Members: Marsha Coppola, Marilyn Fraser, Tim Geddes, George Ravenek, Riccardo Soccio, Sukrut Sompura, Terri Woodhouse 

 Terms of Reference: Tourism Advisory Committee - Terms of Reference

Town and Gown Committee

Chair: Mayor Ugulini 

Vice Chair: Mark Lefebvre

City Councillors: Mayor Ugulini, Ken Sentance, Mike De Divitiis

Staff Liaison: Natalie Stickles, Community Relations Specialist

Members: Carmella Broccolo-Criger, Gary Citrigno, Marsha Coppola, Catherine Habermebl, Mark Lefebvre, Virginia Moir, Sarah Pennisi, Kayleigh Rossetto, Kristen Smith, Darryl Veld     

Terms of Reference: Town and Gown Committee - Terms of Reference


Runway of Recognition (Subcommittee of Community Events)

Chair: Marsha Coppola

Vice Chair: Tim Whalen

City Councillor: Nella Dekker

Staff Liaison: Dave Baldoni, Acting Manager of Community Services

Members: Marsha Coppola, Chris Green, Allan McInnis, Edward Pizzo, Tim Whalen 

Mandate: To honour and perpetuate the names and deeds of those individuals of Thorold whose athletic abilities have brought fame to themselves and their community and of those individuals whose interest in and work for the sport has benefited athletes and athletics.


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Lake Gibson Corridor Task Force (Subcommittee of Parks, Trails and Recreation)

Chair: TBD

Vice Chair: Rachael Haynes

Staff Liaison: Tara O'Toole, Manager of Planning

Members: Joe Atkinson, Rachael Haynes, Jeff Ickovich, Fred Neale, Joe Prytula

Mandate: The Lake Gibson Corridor Task Force will operate as a subcommittee under the Parks, Trails and Recreation Advisory Committee. The mandate of the Lake Gibson Corridor Task Force is:

  • The preservation of the Lake Gibson corridor from Allanburg to the Short Hills Provincial Park;
  • To determine the amount of land to be preserved and dedicated as a Provincial Park as well as the establishment of a Parkway corridor;
  • To explore a number of options for preserving the lands within the Decew Parkway Corridor i.e. purchasing additional lands, arranging leases, establishing a Provincial Park;
  • To determine the Parkway route connecting to the Short Hills Provincial Park and Welland Canals Parkway
  • To establish a public participation program to ensure the residents of Thorold have input into the development of the Park and Parkway corridor;
  • To liaise with other established groups and Committee's such as LACAC, Historical Society, EEAC, Friends of Short Hills Park and Friends of Twelve Mile Creek to identify historical points of interest and identify development constraint areas - in essence pulling together all sources of information to assist in determining the Parkway route and potential Provincial Park status; and
  • To address historical, recreational, educational and environmental issues along the Parkway.

Active Transportation (Subcommittee of Parks, Trails and Recreation)

Chair: Michael Milburn

Vice Chair: TBD

Staff Liaison: Sean Dunsmore, Manager of Engineering

Members: Rhianon Burkholder, Mary Clare Cavasin, Mohmed Kachhvi, Michael Milburn, Riccardo Soccio 

Mandate: The Thorold Active Transportation Committee will operate as a subcommittee under the Parks, Trails and Recreation Advisory Committee. The Thorold Active Transportation subcommittee recognizes that walking and cycling are health and environmentally friendly ways to travel. The Thorold active Transportation Advisory Committee will work to encourage safe active transportation, as well as, development of new infrastructure that allows people to safely use human-powered forms of travel for transportation, commuting and recreational purposes more often.

Boards of Management

Allanburg Community Centre Board of Management

Chair: Kyle Berketo 

Vice Chair: Saba Qazi

Councillor: Ken Sentence

Staff Liaison: Dave Baldoni, Acting Manager of Community Services

Members: Kyle Berketo, Steve Cecchini, Juliea Hollingsworth, Linda Prytula, Saba Qazi 

Terms of Reference: Allanburg Community Centre Board of Management - Terms of Reference

Darlene Ryan Port Robinson Community Centre Board of Management

Chair:  Marty Wilson 

Vice Chair: Rae Whitty

Councillor: TBD

Staff Liaison: Dave Baldoni, Acting Manager of Community Services

Members: Hailey Batenburg, Donna Berry, Rachael Haynes, Lauren Michael, Linda Prytula, Marty Wilson, Rae Whitty

Terms of Reference: Darlene Ryan Port Ryan Community Centre Board of Management - Terms of Reference  

Public Forum Committees 

What is a Public Forum Committee?

Public Forum Committees have been established by Council for each of the City of Thorold's service divisions:

  • Corporate Services (Administration/Finance/Clerks Departments)
  • Planning and Development Services
  • Public Works and Community Services (Public Works, Cemetery, Parks, Arenas and Pool)
  • Fire and Emergency Services

These Committees provide a citizen or a group of citizens the opportunity to meet with Council, the City's Chief Administrative Officer and the appropriate Department Director or senior member of staff to discuss the citizen's concern in a less formal manner than a Council meeting.  Specific Councillors are appointed to Chair and Vice-Chair a Public Forum Committee at the beginning of the term of Council.

While we cannot guarantee a satisfactory resolution to every issue brought forward, citizens will come away with a better understanding of City policy or procedure with regard to their concerns.

How do I request to meet with a Public Forum Committee?

​Make your request, in writing or by email, to the City Clerk no later than the Monday before the scheduled Council meeting by 4:30 p.m. Your request must include a brief description of the issue so that we may prepare for the meeting accordingly.

Public Forum Committee meetings are scheduled by the City Clerk for 5:30 p.m. for 30 minutes immediately prior to the commencement of a regularly scheduled Council meeting.

The City Clerk will contact you with the meeting date and time as soon as arrangements can be confirmed.

Please contact the Clerk's Department at 905-227-6613 if you have any questions about Public Forum Committees or if you require contact information for any of the City's Department Directors.

NOTE: Insurance Claims or legal action against the City are under the purview of the City's adjuster and insurer and may not be discussed at any time with any member of Council or staff.

 Agencies, Boards and Commissions 

Thorold Business Improvement Area (BIA)

Chair: Serge Carpino 

Vice Chair: Laurie-Anne Lamothe

Secretary: Terri-Lynn Woodhouse

Treasurer: Serge Carpino 

Marketing Chair: Stephanie Gondek 

Beautification Chair: Santino Perri

Councillors: Ken Sentance, Mike De Divitiis

Members: Serge Carpino, Nick Dell’Omo, Stephanie Gondek, Laurie-Anne Lamothe, Terri-Lynn Woodhouse, Santino Perri

Terms of Reference: Thorold Business Improvement Area - Terms of Reference

​Committee Mandate: To support and promote business in the downtown Business Improvement Area. 


Mailing Address: PO Box 1044, Thorold, ON   L2V 4A7

 Thorold Municipal Non-Profit Housing Board

​Chair: TBD

Vice Chair: TBD

Councillor: Ken Sentance 

Members: Dawn Dobbie, Edward A. Pizzo, Joe Atkinson, John Kenny, Karen Blackley 

Thorold Public Library Board

Chair: Tony Vandermaas

Vice Chair: Larry Cohen

Councillor: Ken Sentance 

Members: Larry Cohen, Dodi Colquhoun, Jean D'Amelio Swyer, Leonard Ferry, Andrew Foster, Jane Litman, Fred Neale, Linda Prytula, James Symons, Dean Taylor, Tony Vandermaas, Elizabeth Yates        

Terms of Reference: Thorold Public Library Board - Terms of Reference

Mandate: To manage and operate the public library in accordance with the Public Libraries Act.


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