The board of directors guides the work of the community association. Board members meet on the second Wednesday of every month (except July and August), either virtually or in-person depending on the circumstances. Board meetings include updates from the local city councillors, and subcommittees of the board Local organizations like the Ottawa Public Library also provide information about ongoing activities in our community. The board oversee the budget of the association, coordinates with other community associations in Ottawa and determines and communicates positions of the association on issues affecting our community, and a variety of current city affairs. New members are elected to the board at the Annual General Meeting held in October.
If you are interested in joining the board or attending a board meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in getting involved in ways other than joining the board, you can find details about those opportunities on our volunteer page
Bryan Orendorff (President)
Bryan and his wife Colleen moved to Riverview Park in February 2014 to enjoy the green space and charm of the local community. They are (try to be) active tennis players, runners, hikers, skiers, cyclists, and all-round outdoor activity people. Bryan is a hydrotechnical engineer with a background in mostly transportation and development projects, many of which have been located in the City of Ottawa. Working on these projects has given him a strong appreciation for the effects these projects have on the environment and the local communities, and for both their potential benefits and their disturbances. Bryan can be reached at email@example.com.
Ron Ridley (Vice-President)
My wife Carleen and I have lived in Riverview park on Cluny Street for 30 years raising our two children and many dogs here. We were originally drawn to Riverview because of the greenspace, proximity to downtown and the hospital complex.
We both enjoy the outdoors and love that we can walk our dog right behind our house.I have been active in the community coaching soccer and hockey for the last 15 years.I was also involved in Scouts and a local kayaking club.
I am joining the RPCA board to work to keep our neighbourhood the pleasant place it is and help improve it where we can through sustainable development that fits the character of Riverview Park.
Craig Cormier (Secretary)
Originally from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, in 1999 Craig Cormier arrived at the Tim Horton’s at the Alta Vista shopping plaza and never left the neighbourhood. After a two year stay at an apartment on Riverside Drive with his wife Sue, the two Maritimers moved to Dorion Avenue where they now have two boys, Thomas and Samuel. Craig has been involved as a coach with the Riverview Park Community Soccer Program, the neighbourhood watch program, and the Trinity Community Garden. Musically, he’s a member of the neighbourhood resident rock band Waterbömber which has played numerous street parties, school events, and several of the Riverview Park Bi-annual Dinners. Prior to moving to Ottawa he was involved as a board member with a community health centre on PEI as well as the Community Access Program (CAP) and LibraryNet in Nova Scotia.
Although Craig has been a federal public servant for the past 16 years, he is now looking at ways to give back to his community more directly. This includes advocating for expanded recreation facilities, improving our community’s cycling and walking infrastructure, and hopefully helping preserve the neighbourhood’s safe, clean, and friendly charm.
Sam Kazak (Treasurer)
Originally from Toronto, Sam worked at the Pearson Toronto International Airport as the Manager of I.T. Security for 12 years. Sam Moved to Ottawa in 2018 with Wife (Christina) and his 2 kids (Anahita) and (Rustom). We fell in love with our house at first glance in the Riverview Park Neighbourhood where we could see our kids growing up in this area. Our neighbours welcome us to their homes making us part of their family.
We love to explore our capital city as a family. We enjoy meeting new people in our neighbourhood and those long walks We are happy to be here, and we are looking forward to working with everyone on the board in the coming years.
I have past been involved in many boards and volunteer with many organizations that are involved in different communities
- Board member; Fundraiser and Community Events Upper Beach Toronto (Danforth East Community Association (DECA)
- Board member: Chair of Fundraiser and Community Events Toronto Gledhill Public School Board member;
- ASIC Security Council for Travel and Security of Airports Parent Council;
- Chair of Fundraiser and Chair Vincent Massey Public School Ottawa Parent Council :
- Chair Riverview Alternative Public School Ottawa
- Walt Disney Blogger for 10 years where I have nearly have 1,000,000,000 Followers
While born in Kingston Jamaica, LeRoy grew up in England and later in Canada, moving to Barrhaven in 1995. He has been a resident in the Riverview Park since April 2019. He received his B.Sc. in Biochemistry with a minor in Biomedicine from the University of Guelph. LeRoy married his university sweetheart Janet, and raised three amazing children Janson, Janelle and Lia. They both dote over their first grandson Lucas. LeRoy played semi-pro soccer in the National Soccer League (Toronto Italia Football Club), he later turned this passion and skills into coaching at Ottawa South United as well as the Ottawa Fury Soccer Club. He is an avid gardener and has a long history as a community volunteer, with more than 20 years as Youth Director with the Knights of Columbus. He has also volunteered with Junior Achievement as an Instructor in the ESIS Economics of Staying In School program.
Leroy has more than 30 years experience in sales and executive positions in the biosciences and biotechnology sector.
Chris Farley Ratcliffe (board member and chair, Communications)
Chris and his partner have been living in the Riverview Park community since 2009, first on Smyth Road and now on Knox Crescent. They have three children at Vincent Massey Public School and Hillcrest High School. When they were younger, the girls played soccer in the community soccer program where Chris also served as a coach.
In his professional life, Chris has worked in the health sector for close to 15 years, as political advisor to Ontario Ministers of Health and Long Term Care, then supporting physician recruitment for eastern Ontario, and currently at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Chris has also worked at the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation as the liaison to the City of Ottawa and as the executive director for Planned Parenthood Ottawa.
As chair of the communications committee, Chris is responsible for keeping the website updated with information and activities in our community. Chris also manages the RPCA Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and sends out a monthly newsletter with information about upcoming events, board meetings and stories about the Riverview Park community. You can sign up for the newsletter or to receive new website posts on the home page of this site.
If you have neighbourhood news or an event you feel would be of interest, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Joshua Gilmore (board member)
Joshua Gillmore is a Solutions Engineer for Salesforce working in data analysis. He has a Masters in International Affairs and has spent the majority of his career working on and assisting others with social justice issues. Josh is a co-founder and board member of the community-focused micro granting organization, JustChange (https://justchange.ca/). His skills include working with social media, data analysis, and administering technology with cost-effective solutions.
Over the last two years living in Riverview Park, Josh has shared a home on Balfour with his wife, dog (a mini-Aussie-poo for those wondering), and cat(a tortoiseshell for the cat lovers). During his time in the community, Josh has invested plenty of time into his garden and has worked with the community to oppose Hydro One’s clearcutting of the corridor. Josh grew up in Iqaluit, has had limited experience with lawns, and welcomed much of the gardening guidance from Leroy Blake.
Glen McPherson (board member)
I am originally from Vancouver Island, BC, and moved to Ottawa to join Global Affairs Canada close to 17 years ago. My wife (Ally) and I moved to the Riverview Park neighbourhood eight years ago, and we now have two children (Libby and Nate), two dogs, and a cat. While we originally bought in the neighbourhood given its vicinity to downtown, we quickly learned that the real draw for the neighbourhood was the fact that it is also very closely-knit community, which we have of course grown to love. It is this sense of community which has attracted me to becoming a member of the community association and I look forward working with other members of the board over the coming year.
Kris Nanda (Past-President – chair, Planning and Development)
My wife, Alison and I arrived in Riverview Park in 2002 with our two young children Claire and Joseph, both of whom were raised and educated in local schools (including Riverview Alternative School across the street from our house on Knox Crescent). We chose Riverview Park since we were looking for an established neighbourhood with greenspace that was close enough to downtown so that I could commute to work by bike (and take transit in the winter). I am an avid reader and follow current events and sports closely (especially baseball), and enjoy getting “outdoors” with my family.
I joined the RPCA Board in 2007 (after serving on the Riverview School Council for four years) because I wanted to get involved and work within the system to improve our community. Promoting sustainable development and good environmental stewardship has been a passion of mine for many years and is one reason why I am working for the federal government. I was drawn to the RPCA initially because of my concerns that the proposed Alta Vista Transportation Corridor roadway was a bad idea but there are many other local issues that also interested me, including having a revitalized Alta Vista Shopping Plaza and more sidewalks and better bike paths built in this area. My goal is to help the RPCA be an effective forum for the Riverview Park community to gather their thoughts and share them with City officials.
Toni Petter (board member)
Toni moved to Ottawa to attend journalism school at Carleton University in 2006 and has called the city home ever since. In 2015 she and her husband Patrick purchased their first home together on Alta Vista Drive. They are both big fans of getting outdoors to run and cycle and take advantage of the community green space to walk their three year-old vizsla Saga. If you frequent the hydro corridor, then we have definitely crossed paths with them! She is an avid vegetarian home cook and coffee enthusiast. In the past few years she has started to dip her toes into urban vegetable gardening and is passionate about supporting local agriculture and small business.
In her professional life Toni works as a Senior Communications Advisor in the federal public service. Through the height of the COVID-19 pandemic Toni worked for the Department of Finance, primarily on public engagement and consultations. This fall she returned to the Department of Public Safety to lead communications on community safety and crime prevention. Her current work focuses on opioids and human crimes. Inclusivity is important to Toni and she looks forward to working to freshen the association’s community outreach/ engagement.
Lorella Piirik (board member)
I moved to Riverview Park neighbourhood a year ago after living in Thunder Bay for 14 years and in Toronto for most of my life prior. I moved here for a job at CHEO as Materials Management manager.
I am grateful to have found a lovely home here that allows me to work, play and shop all within walking/cycling distance. This is one of the attractions of our neighbourhood in addition to the friendliness of the people I have met so far.
Generally speaking I like to think that I have great civic pride and have engaged in community activities as a leader and resident in the other cities that I have called home. Through my travels beyond home I have learned that what makes a city great is what the community does with its public spaces.
I have a tremendous spirit of volunteerism. Here are some of my past positions:
1. Board member: Don Way Covenant United church daycare center.
2. Vice president – College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario.
3. President of Thunder Bay Freestyle Skiing Club.
4. Allied Health member of Research Ethics Board for Thunder Bay Regional Sciences Center.
5. Member of the board of Freestyle Skiing Ontario.
6. Professional member of the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario.