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Here is a digest of the latest news from the RPCA, including updates from the City of Ottawa and our River Ward City Councillor.

Ray and Eleonore Benesch have lived on Hobson Rd for 54 years, after Ray took a job at the National Research Council. They were attracted to a small new development near Mooney’s Bay, called Edstan Gardens, because of the proximity to good schools, recreational opportunities, and a local grocery store.

In 1970, Eleonore was recruited to be the first Director of the Riverside Park Nursery School, which was jointly sponsored by the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Riverside United Churches. The parent co-operative nursery school became an instant success, far beyond the religious communities. With the support of Dan Donnelly Ford Lincoln Car Dealership, the RPNS secured daily transportation for children from the Ledbury development and gave a head start to young families.

The Riverside Park Nursery School continues to thrive and grow and is now in the process of constructing a purpose-built Early Learning Centre at the site of the original Bayview Public School on Springland Dr.

Eleanore’s lifelong passion for accessible childcare, is only matched by the couple’s commitment to family and community.

Ray and Eleonore Benesch are true Riverside Park Originals!


This post is part of an ongoing series called: Riverside Park Originals. To profile your long-time neighbours, send a photo and a short bio to communications@riversidepark.ca. Please include the proper spelling of their names, the neighbourhood they live in, how long they have lived here, and a quote, reflection, story, or description of the resident(s). Please ensure that they have consented to the use of their photo and bio. Submissions need not be carefully edited. We will polish before we post!

All profiles will be shared on this website, over social media, and in our monthly email newsletter.

Local activist Aidan Brown is a kid with a calling. He’s committed to peaceful co-existence with Ottawa’s amazing urban wildlife, but he’s also passionate about public safety. In the spring of 2020, a 12-year-old Aidan took it upon himself to print off public notices to raise awareness about the coyotes in Linton Park and the connecting green spaces.

Since then his cause has gained traction.

With the support of RPCA Director Terry Wood and the incredible advocacy of Councillor Riley Brockington, Aidan’s grassroots campaign became a permanent notice affixed at the entrance of Linton Park.
Follow the coyote cam on Insta @southendtrailcams
Aidan has recently installed a Coyote Cam in the bush adjacent to the hydro corridor which captures amazing videos of our neighbourhood coyotes and wild turkeys. Follow his trail cam on Instagram @southendtrailcams

The RPCA Board of Directors will hold its next meeting virtually by Zoom on Wed, February 3, 2021. We will be joined by River Ward Councillor Riley Brockington for neighbourhood and municipal updates, followed by relevant community discussions.
At the meeting, we will be electing two directors, one to represent Riverside Park West and the other to represent Revelstoke. One of the new directors will fill the role of Treasurer. Click here for details on the nomination process.
This meeting is open to the public.
RSVP to receive meeting information and documents by email. 

The RPCA is sad to bid farewell to two excellent directors after each served more than two years on our Board and were part of a vital revitalization effort.

Hailing from the Riverside Park West neighbourhood, Barbara Haines played an instrumental role as a table officer and the association’s Treasurer. Barbara’s expert advice helped the association earn more from its savings and improved internal operations. Barbara brought her lifelong passion for Riverside Park to her role, along with a deep commitment to the arts and the environment.

Paul Willetts stepped up to serve as a Director for Revelstoke, despite having a young (and growing family) and calling General Vanier his home. Paul’s commitment to public safety and good governance brought a passionate and prudent voice to community discussions.

Both Directors are stepping down for personal reasons, and will no doubt continue to contribute to our community. If you are interested in filling one of the vacancies they have left, consider nominating yourself to join our board.

The RPCA is seeking to fill two vacancies on the Board of Directors, one of which will also serve as the Association’s Treasurer. Successful candidates will be elected by the Board of Directors at its monthly meeting on February 3, 2021. The following positions will be elected:

  • 1 Interim Director for Riverside Park West (Fielding/Otterson neighbourhood)
  • 1 Interim Director for Revelstoke

The term of office for both interim positions is February 2021 to October 2021, when the positions will be filled for a two-year term at the Annual Meeting of the Members.

Submit Your Nomination Form

To nominate yourself, simply submit a completed Nomination Form (Word version or PDF version), along with a short statement of interest (250 word maximum), as attachments or in the body of an email to nominations@riversidepark.ca

Candidate Criteria:

  • Nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.
  • The member seeking election, and their seconder, must both be in good standing, with membership dues paid through to February 3, 2021.
  • All candidates must be members in good standing of the RPCA, and candidates who reside in the area they seek to represent will be given special consideration.
  • Candidates who demonstrate an interest and qualifications for serving as the Treasurer of the Association will also be given special consideration.
  • All positions that are not contested will be deemed elected by acclamation.

The 2021 Nominations Committee is: Joel Duff (Chair) and Terry Wood.

Reference: RPCA By-Laws and Neighbourhood Map

There will be a short, 2-day road closure of Springland Dr in both directions between Flannery Dr and Walton Crt on January 13 and 14, between 9:30 am and 3:00 pm for the connection to the water main, sanitary, and storm drains for the new child care centre.

Access will be maintained for adjacent dwellings and emergency vehicles.

On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, the RPCA invited Ottawa City Planners to discuss Ottawa’s draft “New Official Plan”, which has controversial implications for Riverside Park. The presentation, as well as the Q&A session, were recorded for those unable to attend.

Presenters:

  • Lorraine Stevens, Planner, Policy and Planning Department, City of Ottawa
  • Elizabeth Whyte, Program and Project Coordinator, New Official Plan, City of Ottawa

A copy of the PowerPoint presentation and notes can be found here: https://riversidepark.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/2021.01.06-OfficialPlan-PPT.pdf

The draft New Official Plan can be found here: https://engage.ottawa.ca/the-new-official-plan

To provide feedback on the city’s draft New Official Plan, email: newop@ottawa.ca
(cc. planning@riversidepark.ca)

The Riverside Park Community Association will be drafting a submission for our neighbourhood.

It’s been over 53 years since Irene Brown and her late husband George moved into the Mooney’s Bay community of Riverside Park. Irene is pleased with the changes she sees going on in her neighbourhood, especially a new generation of new young families moving in with their kids! Two of her children, George and David, as well as her daughter-in-law Sandy, grew up and still live in Riverside Park!


This post is part of an ongoing series called: Riverside Park Originals. To profile your long-time neighbours, send a photo and a short bio to communications@riversidepark.ca. Please include the proper spelling of their names, the neighbourhood they live in, how long they have lived here, and a quote, reflection, story, or description of the resident(s). Please ensure that they have consented to the use of their photo and bio. Submissions need not be carefully edited. We will polish before we post!

All profiles will be shared on this website, over social media, and in our monthly email newsletter.


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