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New Chair Appointed to the Niagara Parks Commission

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New Chair Appointed to the Niagara Parks Commission

The Honourable Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, has announced the appointment of Sandie Bellows as the new Chair of the Niagara Parks Commission. She will begin her three-year term immediately.

Ms. Bellows is currently serving her first term on Niagara Regional Council, after representing Grantham Ward as a St. Catharines city councillor for four years (2014-18). Ms. Bellows worked as a senior executive with Telus and general manager for CNN Staffing Solutions. During her tenure at Telus, Ms. Bellows was a member of the Presidents Club, excelling in top sales for Canada. In 2018, she was appointed as a commissioner on the board of the Niagara Parks Commission. 

Ms. Bellows has also been involved in community work, as Tournament Director for Niagara Sports and Entertainment, Vice-President, Board Member and Tournament Chair of the St. Catharines Minor Hockey Association and Executive Board Member of both the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival and Crime Stoppers of Niagara. She worked as a long-term care home volunteer at Linhaven in St. Catharines and as a volunteer trainer at Niagara Victims Support. 

"The Niagara Parks Commission plays a significant role in the region's economy and vitality. No one knows that better than Sandie," said Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.  "Born and raised in St. Catharines, Sandie has extensive volunteer experience, is actively involved in the community and has considerable expertise in sales and development. I am looking forward to her bringing those skills and insights to the table as Chair of the Niagara Parks Commission to support and advance the Commission's mandate."  

"Sandie Bellows brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role as Chair of the Niagara Parks Commission," said MPP Sam Oosterhoof. "I'm pleased to welcome her to the Board and I'm confident that she will be a strong advocate for the Niagara Parks Commission."

Established in 1885, the Niagara Parks Commission is mandated to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of Niagara Falls and the Niagara River corridor for the enjoyment of visitors and future generations.

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