Welcome to Riverview Park, Ottawa, Ontario

Official Website of the Riverview Park Community Association (RPCA)

Board of Directors bios

 

Kris Nanda (President – Chair, Planning and Development)
My wife, Alison and I and our two children, Claire and Joseph, have lived on Knox Crescent (near Riverview Alternative School) since 2002. We moved to 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, and enjoy getting “outdoors” with my family. I am also a huge baseball fan and miss going to Ottawa Lynx baseball games – and look forward to the return of minor league baseball to Ottawa.
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 interest me, including having a revitalized Alta Vista Shopping Plaza and more sidewalks and better bikepaths built in this area. I believe we should work to avoid repeating questionable planning decisions such as those that led to the Trainyards big box store complex and the congestion on Dorion caused by the Tim Horton’s drive-through. 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.

Karin Keyes Endemann (Past President)

Karin Keyes EndemannI have been a resident of Riverview Park since 1995 and have been a RPCA Board member for many of those years. I was the founder and first editor of the Riverviews newspaper.  My community interests include promoting smarter intensification which respects the current character of the community and expanding our connections with other associations in order to facilitate sustainable growth which reflects the character of our community. I would also like to focus on making Riverview Park a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly environment. Overall, I believe that ordinary people have the power to shape their neighborhoods and that a strong and active community association is major component of future success. To that end, I am devoted to making Riverview Park a wonderful oasis in our gorgeous city. On a personal note, I am an avid tennis player and passionate genealogist.

Bryan Orendorff ( Vice-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.

2nd Vice President – currently vacant

Dianne Hoddinott (Board member & Chair, Communications)

I grew up in Riverview Park, and was fortunate to be able to move back to my family home 9 years ago. Not only was the neighbourhood appealing because of my family history, but it’s proximity to downtown, the ever expanding shopping, the distinct homes and the abundance of green space make it a great place to live.

My main duty on the Board as Chair of the Communications Committee has been to keep the website updated with the ongoing activities within our community and news that is of interest to our neighbourhood. In addition, events are also posted on the Riverview, Elmvale and Alta Vista Facebook page and I send out a monthly email to over 300 of our neighbours advising them of upcoming events.

If you have neighbourhood news or an event you feel would be of interest, please email me @ riverviewparkca@gmail.com.

Marilyn Minnes (Board member)

Marilyn has been a resident of Riverview Park for over 50 years. With three sons growing up in the community and attending the local schools, Marilyn has been in the area for all the changes that have taken place over this time. Marilyn also does volunteer work at the Canadian War Museum, as well as creating and running Canadian War Sites tours in Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, the Channel Islands at the time of the Occupation, and in the UK.

With three sons growing up in the community and attending the local schools, Marilyn has been in the area for all the changes that have taken place over this time. Marilyn also does volunteer work at the Canadian War Museum, as well as creating and running Canadian War Sites tours in Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, the Channel Islands at the time of the Occupation, and in the UK.

Anne Stairs (Treasurer and Secretary)

In 1994, George and Anne moved to Riverview Park from a small town in Northern Ontario where she had been a branch manager at CIBC.  While there, she was a director on a Community Initiatives boar that helped laid off uranium mine workers find employment.  In 2000, Anne left the CIBC to join her husband at the UPS Store on St Laurent Blvd.  They retired in 2012 and Anne joined the Board in 2013.  She is also the Business Manager for the Riverview Park Community Newspaper.

Craig Cormier (Board Member)

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.

Kirsten Fraser (Board Member)

I am an Ottawa native whose previous work experience includes working for the provincial, municipal and federal levels of government and 7 years as a government relations consultant. I am currently employed as a Senior Competition Law Officer at the Competition Bureau, and previously worked there as a speechwriter and communications advisor.  I’ve been a resident of Riverview Park for 5 years and live on Botsford Street with my husband and two young children.  I’ve done a considerable amount of volunteer work in the past including for community associations, children’s and other charities. I know that really great communities
are built on great neighbours working together and that associations need volunteers to thrive. I’m looking to give some of my spare time to my community.

Bob Perkins (Board Member)

Bob Perkins was born and raised in Riverview.  Having returned to the neighbourhood with his 3 sons 5 years ago, he has spent a combined total of over 30 years as a resident. Bob has worked in the Commercial Real Estate Industry for over 27 years having been a senior member of teams who have delivered 30 commercial development projects of scale to the National Capital Region.   Bob is an active member of his industry and is often called upon to speak at conferences, and advocate and help develop policy at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. In his community, Bob has been the President of two community associations in growing neighbourhoods  (Hunt Club Park & Greenboro), the President of the Greenboro Community Centre Association, and has served on many committees, task forces and initiatives at the City of Ottawa for the community. As a 6th generation resident, Bob is very proud to be carrying on his family’s tradition of community service to the City of Ottawa.

David Hood

David Hood is the pastor of Southeast City Church, a new church that is starting up in the Alta Vista Ward. Before that he was he was a pastor at Rideauview Bible Chapel for 4 years, working with university/college students and young professionals, and then an apprenticing pastor at Sequoia Community Church in Barrhaven for 1 year. David has also worked for Christian Horizons, an organization that provides services for children and adults with disabilities. David has a Bachelor’s and Master’s in history from the University of Ottawa, and a Master of Divinity from Tyndale Seminary in Toronto. David has been living in Riverview Park for the last 6 years and loves his neighbourhood. He wants to connect with his neighbours and see neighbours connect with each other. He lives on Hastings Avenue with his wife, Diana, their three kids, Micah, Leah, and Jonah, and their pets. David is a foodie, a lover of good coffee, movies, photography, urban culture, reading, learning, and board games. He enjoys good conversations, hanging out with friends, family, and neighbours, and building community.

Liz Smith

I live on Lennox with my husband Andrew and two children, Philip and Matthew.  Having moved to Ottawa from Mississauga, we discovered Riverview Park when we were looking for houses in 2000.  We were immediately drawn to the green space, proximity to downtown and bike friendly neighbourhood.  I am an avid cyclist having completed a European tour of seven countries, the Cabot Trail and, most recently, Le P’tit Train du Nord.  I am also a dog lover of all types and am often seen out walking our dog, Sypher.  Sypher is a rescue whose favourite thing to do is chase tennis balls.  Having lived in this community for 17 years now, I have seen a number of changes – some good, some not so good.  The good include the way in which this community comes together to help others and to promote community togetherness.  I am, though, concerned with the on-going development and the increase in traffic in our neighbourhood – particularly the speed at which some of these vehicles are travelling down our streets!  My interest in being on the RPCA board stems from my desire to ensure that our children have a safe place to call home and that our community continues to strive. 

 

 

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