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 (First 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.

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 7 years ago. Not only was the neighbourhood appealing because of my family history, but it’s proximity to my downtown office, the ever expanding shopping, distinct homes and abundance of greenspace made the adjustment from downtown living very easy.

I’ve worked for National Defence for over 30 years and am looking forward to retirement within the next few years. With that in mind, I decided to get involved with the RPCA volunteer activities as I antici7pate having more time to devote to volunteer activities.

My main duty on the Board has been to keep the website updated with the ongoing activities within our community and news that is of interest to our neighbourhood.

Alan Landsberg (Board Member)

Now retired, I have worked for forty years in the field of Information Technology, primarily with the Canada Revenue Agency, and over the next eight years I was actively involved in international work in a number of developing countries.

I moved to Riverview Park in 1967 because the green spaces, parks and seclusion from traffic offered an ideal setting for my three very active young boys.  My wife Lynne Bezanson and I reside at 1601 Balena Avenue where we live in constant fear of a throughway defiling our beautiful, peaceful and safe environment.  That, along with generally preserving the ambience of Riverview Park and my interest in improving our community’s cycling infrastructure and connections with the city’s principal bikeways were my primary interests in joining the RPCA Board of Directors.  While not opposed to development, I strongly feel we need a more favourable balance between community and commercial interests.

My volunteer work includes several terms on the RA Board of Directors, canvassing for the March of Dimes, and supervising the Balena Park skating rink.

We divide much of our time between our home and our year-round cottage in Val des Monts where, with friends and family, we pursue our love of the outdoors, photography and sailing.

Carole Moult  (Board member & Chair, Parks, Recreation and Environment Committee)

In 1981 I bought my home in Riverview Park because of its large backyard, the park-like setting and the green open spaces throughout the neighbourhood.

I still remember standing in the backyard my first week of ownership, that last week of June and hearing the news of Terry Fox’s death. Later that year I volunteered for the very first Terry Fox Run and for many years after that I was a volunteer for the Cancer Society when the meetings were held at the Melrose Avenue building. There were far fewer fundraisers than there are today, but it was then that I discovered all the wonderful benefits of being a volunteer. Sometime in the 1990s I became involved in working with community members here in Riverview Park to avoid having a huge gas bar at the corner of Alta Vista and Dorion. I also helped collect funds to put toward the OMB Appeal in support of saving the whole of the beautiful Balena Park. Along with others, I saw the importance of having a community association and became a member of the Board of Directors for the Riverview Park Community Association. I have continued to be on the RPCA Board of Directors for more years than not and have truly enjoyed the commitment of all the many amazing volunteers I have met in Riverview Park who have helped to better, not only the local community, but the community at large. There has been support over the years for the Adopt-a-Park Program, there are skating parties, various Canada Day street celebrations and yard sales, school fundraisers, the planting of the flowers along Knox Crescent and in Dale Park and community soccer teams; all of which come to mind when looking at how the many residents of Riverview Park make this a better place in which to live. I am very concerned about a number of changes which have occurred in our neighbourhood over the past few years and do not believe that outside decisions are always the best ones for any community. I think it is important to attend meetings to find out what is planned for the area as a whole and become as informed as possible, since what has an impact on one part of Riverview Park does affect us all.

My career has been in the field of education. Outside interests are in the restoration of our 1890’s family home in Gananoque, working with a community paper, enjoying my pets, and socializing with my many groups of friends. I truly believe that the residents of Riverview Park have the best of many worlds and that Riverview Park has some of the most wonderful people living in it…and finally, I note daily, just how fortunate we are to be able to call this part of the City of Ottawa, ‘home’.

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 (Board member and Treasurer)

“Twenty years ago, I was appointed Manager of the CIBC at Alta Vista Plaza   Subsequently, my husband and I owned and operated The UPS Store on St. Laurent Blvd for 13 years.  My previous board experience was with a group in Northern Ontario who were mandated to assist the unemployed through re-training and grants to become employed.  In Ottawa, I have seen many changes being made in communities including in-filling with little or no regard to the present neighbourhood.  This concerns me as Riverview is a lovely older community with mature trees, well built homes and lots of parks.  ”

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 and Secretary)

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 4 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.

David Knoeckart (Board Member)

Our family are very recent arrivals to Riverview, having moved into the area the summer of 2016. After spending 30 years abroad on nine assignments with Foreign (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 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. I have previously served on the Board of an international school in Moscow as well as with condo associations in London and New York. 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.

Claudine Giroux Pelletier (Board Member)

I am originally from Trois- Rivieres (Qc) and attended university there. I also spend 6 years on the West Coast enjoying the beautiful coastal mountains of British Columbia where I was involved in supporting a small residential community program. I moved to Ottawa in 2013 and made Riverview Park my neighbourhood of choice; I live and work in the area and feel at home here. My interest in joining the board lies in my belief that strong communities are active and mobilized communities. I appreciate being able to contribute by giving back, learning from and collaborating with the residents, leaders and various stakeholders to continue to enjoy the quality of life that Riverview Park has to offer. I look forward to taking on new projects with what I now consider my neighbourhood!

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.

 

 

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