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Diane Paonessa


I CAN-T.E.R.'s Founder

Former Executive Director 

“If you build castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be.  Now put the foundations under them.”  

-Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Meet Diane Paonessa: Founder of I CAN-T.E.R. Association of Niagara Inc. 


I have been married to a wonderful man for 45 years.   We have four awesome children and seven beautiful grandchildren.  We all share a common love for the outdoors, which led us to an 87- acre farm (Beaver Creek Farms), but best known as home to       I CAN-T.E.R.   


Educational Background:

Early Childhood Education, Niagara College

Certificate of Achievement: Management of Human Resources, Niagara College

Certificate of Completion:  The Salesperson Registration Education Program, OREA Real Estate College


Interests & Hobbies

As a child, I lived for the outdoors.  Ponies in the woods, animal tracks in the snow and frogs in the pond all imprinted me.  I loved birds, forest animals and wild flowers.  Today, I still find those things close to my heart.  I enjoy birding, hiking, camping, snowshoeing and reading about nature.  My unmet dream is to write Nature Journals.


“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

-Henry David Thoreau

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