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Phil Jenkins to Speak at RPCRA AGM Oct 5, 2016

Hello fellow resident of Riverside Park,

You are invited to attend our upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM).

When: Wednesday, October 5, 2016. Doors open, meet & greet at 6:30pm, meeting begins 7pm.
Where: Riverside Churches, 3191 Riverside Dr.


The formal purpose of the Annual General Meeting is to elect the Board of Directors of the RPCRA and to approve any changes to our bylaws. All residents of Riverside Park can become members of the RPCRA and all members can vote at general meetings and stand for election to the Board themselves. (I will be sending more information on this, including a draft agenda in the next few days.)

However, this year we are pleased to also have a keynote speaker.

Mr. Phil Jenkins has agreed to give a talk on the history of what was once the very southern part of Ottawa, the area in around what we now call Riverside Park. If you enjoy Phil’s history articles in the Citizen as much as I do, I am sure that you won’t want to miss this.The working title of the talk is “From Billings to Campeau: The Growth of Ottawa South“.

Bio of Phil Jenkins
Since 1978, after emigrating from Liverpool and returning to Ottawa where he grew up in the 1950s, Phil Jenkins has worked as a newspaper columnist, travel writer, author and a performing songwriter across Canada. He has been a freelance columnist  (over eight hundred columns) for the Ottawa Citizen since 1991. He writes for magazines (National Geographic Traveller;Equinox;Wedding Bells Canadian Geographic, Ottawa Magazine, Toronto Life) and about the Canadian landscape in books via the national non-fiction bestsellers Fields of Vision, An Acre of Time, River Song and, Beneath My Feet. There are also two commissioned books on the Ottawa Public Library and the Civic Heart Institute. Phil teaches and lectures in writing, the Canadian landscape and Ottawa history, including a lecture series at Carleton University As a solo musician, songwriter and member of the band Riverbend, he has produced the albums Car Tunes and Making Waves. He lives in a straw bale house in the Gatineau Hills of Quebec, on the Gatineau River.

Why Join the RPCRA?
Membership in the RPCRA is a way to ensure that your views can be heard. Renewing a membership can help to preserve the option of having this forum available in the future. We focus first on where to find information and in promoting a spirit of community.

Membership in the RPCRA: $20 per year (family), $10 individual. You can join at our meeting or online at our website: You can also join by sending an email to

David Hutchinson
President, RPCRA

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