Volunteer Recognition

2019 National Volunteer Week

Celina Greer

Celina is a chair of the Riverbend School Council and co-lead of the Riverbend School Playgrounds Committee. If you haven't heard yet, the Riverbend School Playground will be removed as early as Spring of 2020. Playgrounds aren't covered by school funding so it's up to the parent council and dedicated volunteers to fundraise for a new playground. At about $300,000 for a standard playground, you're talking a LOT of cookie sales and bottle drives. Celina has been instrumental in sourcing quotes, meeting with funding bodies and applying for grants. Her efforts are already bearing fruit as Riverbend got selected as one of the finalists for the Energizing Spaces award.

Celina maintains school council website www.riverbendraccoons.ca and Facebook page while working full time and raising a young family -she has a son and a daughter.

Doug Chambers

Doug had been in our community a long time with his children having attended Riverbend School in its early years. Doug is an avid Casino volunteer, prepared to do double shifts, and willing to take on any role needed. Last year Doug volunteered for both our Riverbend Community Casino and the Riverbend School Casino. He’s also lent support to our partners in other communities including Bridgeland, Douglas Quarry, Killarney/Glengarry and the Federation of Calgary Communities.

If you’ve ever worked or organized a casino before, you know what a great help this is. If you haven’t, let me tell you: casino shifts are long and the shift times are highly inconvenient, often requiring a loss of sleep, missed work or interrupted sleep patterns. For people who work full-time, or have young children at home, it’s often hard to commit to casino volunteerism, so when you find a guy like Doug, you hold onto him!

Walter Janzen

Walter first started volunteering in Riverbend in the ’90s and has been on the Board since 2014.

Over that time, Walter has supported his community in many ways including flipping pancakes, handing out free plants, helping with audio and music, leading the rink flooding team and serving as a dedicated Treasurer for Riverbend Community Association. Walter supports the Board to understand RCA’s financial position and is bringing efficiencies to RCA through online banking and financial processes.

As our longest-serving Board member and active volunteer, Walter also has a strong knowledge of RCA’s history, which is extremely valuable to support the team! Walter works full-time and has 4 grown children.

2019 Faces of the Community

Federation of Calgary Communities launched Faces of Community in 2017 as part of our March Community Association Awareness campaign, to highlight the many different faces of community volunteers making a difference in our city’s communities. We often hear that Calgarians don’t realize that their community organization is run by volunteers from the community, so Faces of Community helps tell the story of just some of the more than 20,000 community volunteers in Calgary who are donating their time each and every day to help improve neighbourhood life in Calgary.

Olga Maciejewski

Most locals know of Olga through her online presence and keen desire to make sure Riverbend residents are aware of what's going on in our community through the RCA Facebook page. What they might no know is that Olga has grown the RCA Facebook page to a whopping 1000 followers in just over a year.

She was also recently recognized as one of Calgary's 2019 Faces of the Community. With her strong project management background,

Olga is integral in the development and implementation of the RCA strategic plan to ensure the growth and sustainability of our community association.

Olga is our volunteer VP Communications and also works full time and has 3 young children.

Community Heroes Awards

The following is a list of people in Riverbend community who have been awarded the Federation of Calgary Community Toole Pete Hero Award. The winners have been nominated for this award by fellow volunteers, residents, or other individuals for their outstanding contributions to the community of Riverbend.

If you would like to nominate someone please click here for more information on the Toole Peet Community Hero Award.

2017

    • David Crutcher
    • Jim Duggan
    • Mission Hill Church (led by Pastor Aaron Weiss, and his great people)
    • Travis Perkorn (Riverbend Sobey's, which is also one of the Gold Star Partners in Our Community)

2016

    • Michelle Lambert
    • Andrew and Wanda Stafiniak (Previous Owners of Riverbend General)
    • Holly Ratke

2015

    • Rose Martin
    • Dave Pennell

2008

    • Rose Martin
    • Dave Pennell

2007

    • Bobbi-Jo Bergner (Owner of Mind's Design)
    • Alan Cuthbertson

2006

    • Jill Brookwell
    • Douglas Ratke

2005

    • Jill Brookwell
    • Douglas Ratke
    • Bobby-Jo Bergner (Owner of Mind's Design)
    • Cassandra Ratke
    • Shelley MacLellan
    • Marion Rooney

2003

    • Larry Walper

1999

    • Debbie Bertrand

1997

    • Neil Cocker