The Secrets of Success Project is a collection of motivating and inspiring interviews with some of Niagara’s most interesting people talking about their lives, career paths and influences that have brought them to where they are today. (LINKS TO INTERVIEWS BELOW)

The Project is is a unique third party fundraising initiative to support the Autism Ontario Niagara Region Chapter and launches today (April 2), World Autism Day.

Created by  Ridgeway resident Anthony Lindan Oleksiuk, whose 15 year old son is on the Autism Spectrum, the interviews feature an amazing array of stories from local residents like:

  • Sandy Annunziata – 2 time CFL Grey Cup Champion, Niagara Regional Councillor
  • Karen Audet – Operations Manager, Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce
  • Chris Biggs, Co-Host 97.7 HITZ FM Morning Show, St. Catharines, ON
  • Colin Chilvers – Oscar winning film special effects and technical director
  • Chris Dabrowski – 2014 Niagara Top 40 Under 40 recipient, Co-Founder – Niagara Falls Comic Con show
  • Greg Frewin – World Class Magician & Niagara Entrepreneur
  • Allie Hughes – 2014 Niagara Top 40 Under 40 recipient, social media entrepreneur and Niagara College sales & marketing instructor
  • Scott Kress – Mount Everest Summiteer and President of St. Catharines-based Summit Training
  • Steve Ludzik, Former NHL hockey player and Parkinson’s Disease advocate & fundraiser – Steve Ludzik Centre for Parkinson’s Rehab at Hotel Dieu Shaver Hospital
  • tephanie Mizzi – Radio Host & Personality, Country 89 FM – Welland, ON
  • Charmaine Reid, World class badminton player, Olympian and Pan Am games gold medalist
  • Kim Rossi – Former Toronto radio broadcaster & personality, Niagara College media instructor
  • Lucy Sanford – Former top real estate agent in Toronto Bloor West Village, relocated Niagara entrepreneur
  • Vittoria Wikston – Director, Business Development, Niagara Falls Tourism

Visitors can listen to as many interviews as they like and are encouraged to make a ‘pay what you can’ donation which goes directly  to the Autism Ontario Niagara Region Chapter.


WHAT IS AUTISM – Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. SOURCE:

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