Welcome to Riverview Park, Ottawa, Ontario

Official Website of the Riverview Park Community Association (RPCA)

Board of Directors bios

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. 

Kris Nanda (Past President – Chair, Planning and Development)

My wife, Alison and I and our two children, Claire and Joseph, moved to Riverview Park (Knox Crescent – near Riverview Alternative School) in 2002. 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, and enjoy getting “outdoors” with my family. I am also a huge baseball fan. 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.

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.  I retired in 2016 after a 35 year career at National Defence.

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.

Anne Stairs (Board member and Treasurer)

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 and 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.

 

David Hood (Board member, Chair – Parks and Rec)
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 Bachelors and Masters 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 7 years and loves his neighbourhood. He wants to connect with his neighbours and see neighbours connect with each other. He lives on Russell Rd 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, learning, reading, and board games. He enjoys good conversations, hanging out with friends, family, and neighbours, and building community.
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.
David Knockaert (Board member)

After spending 30 years abroad on nine assignments with Global Affairs we moved back to Ottawa in 2012. For the next four years we lived in Alta Vista/Faircrest Heights. We chose to move into Riverview on 2016 given our familiarity with the area, its plentiful green space and peaceful atmosphere.

Now retired, I enjoy spending time reading, golfing and being walked by our dog. Perhaps for the first time, we have a sense of belonging to a community and retirement affords me the opportunity to devote time within this community.

My wife and I are joined in Riverview by our son who attends Hillcrest, as well as our dog and cat. Our daughter teaches at Bishop Strachan School in Toronto. Since taking up residence in Riverview Park I have been active on education issues generally and the Hillcrest School council specifically, including producing a monthly school newsletter.

I have previously served on the Board of an international school in Moscow as well as with condo associations in London and New York.

Raylene Lang-Dion (Board member)

Originally from St John’s NL, Raylene and her family have lived in Alta Vista for over 20 years. Raylene currently works as a federal government senior communications advisor on the opioid file, has experience federally and provincially as political staff, ran her own business and been a government relations consultant.
Raylene has long been committed to public service. She was a candidate for council in the recent municipal election and has played leadership roles in the volunteer field for many organizations. Her volunteer work has included raising awareness of addiction and recovery in Ottawa as former Chair of Community Addictions Peer Support Association; helping youth-in-need by being a Foundation board member with Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa; and promoting the election of more women in Canada as the former National Chair of Equal Voice: Electing Women in Canada – giving back is Raylene’s way of saying thanks for the opportunities she has been given.
Raylene is proud to be on the RPCA Board, looks forward to serving with her fellow members and helping our Riverview Park community. Raylene is a member of the Planning and Development Committee.

Ron Ridley (Board member)

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.

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.

 

 

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