Lesia Gilbert – Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers Recipient!

Riverside South resident Lesia Gilbert will be awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers on April 28, 2017, at Ottawa City Hall in recognition of her contributions to her community.

The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers is an official Canadian honour and the only one for volunteerism given by the governor general of Canada. It recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country.

Lesia is a happily married, loving mother of three busy boys (an 8yr old and twin 2.5yr olds) and a full-time CPA with Medco Medical Supply and Services Ltd. She is also likely the most well-known and recognizable member of the RSCA due to her lengthy involvement with the association and outstanding leadership in some of our most popular events.

Lesia first joined the RSCA in November 2007 and became the Volunteer Coordinator, just one month after moving to Riverside South. She added Treasurer to her portfolio in March 2010, and with no current event coordinator on the executive, that same summer she also spearheaded the Canada Day festivities. In November 2011, Lesia took on the position of Event Coordinator in addition to her Treasurer duties and still holds those positions today. Since that time, she has been the driving force behind turning the Christmas events and Canada Day into what they are today, by adding the Toy Mountain Campaign and Parade and moving Canada Day festivities to Claudette Cain Park and growing both events every year. Just recently, Lesia facilitated the launch of the RSCA Canada Flag Program and it appears that it will be yet another success to add to her volunteering resume.

When Lesia is not busy with RSCA activities, she somehow finds time to volunteer with Children at Risk for whom she was Treasurer for 8 yrs. She has also managed to devote time to canvassing for the March of Dimes and Breast Cancer, and volunteering at our local elementary public school, with South Ottawa Race Day, and with the Multiple Births Family Association.

To quote RSCA president Bruce Lindsay:  “we couldn’t be more pleased and elated for Lesia. She is most deserving of this award for the numerous events, activities and social causes that she has championed over the years. Her volunteer efforts have contributed immensely to the sense of community residents enjoy in Riverside South”.

Well done Lesia!!

For more information on the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers:  https://caring.gg.ca/en/FAQ

St. FX HS Coyote Cast and Crew present: The Girl in the Mirror

April 19, 20, 21 @ 7pm

Performances:  St Francis Xavier High School, 3740 Spratt Rd. There will be one 20-minute intermission at which time concessions and refreshments will be sold. All proceeds will go back into the St FX Drama Program.

Synopsis: A hard-hitting drama about the mental health challenges adolescents face in their day-to-day lives. Susan Connors is a teenager who attempts suicide before the play opens. She now lies in a coma in a hospital room. Enter The Speaker – a character within Susan’s mind, sent to Susan to help her see that death is not the answer. The Speaker takes Susan on a trip down memory lane, allowing her a different vantage point and a better understanding of what has led her to this crucial decision. Perhaps most important of all, however, is the realization of hope that comes with this journey. The Girl in the Mirror makes the audience confront this relevant and often stigmatized subject matter head on, allowing them to witness Susan’s journey of self-understanding. It is a play about the importance of communication and humanity’s need to support one another through difficult times.

Ticket Sales: Tickets are $5 for student s and $10 for the general public. They can be purchased through Tamara Capyk at St FX High School. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Warning: The show contains mature content relating to adolescent mental health and therefore not recommended for young audiences.

For more information: Please contact Tamara Capyk at tamara.capyk@ocsb.ca or 613-822-7900

Poster: Poster – Community – Girl in the Mirror

FCA Transportation Workshop and Survey – April 8

The Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa – Transportation Committee is holding a half-day workshop on building a new Transportation Master Plan for the city.  The workshop will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017, 8:30 am to 1 pm at Tom Brown Arena, 141 Bayview Rd.

For more details, including a survey and how to RSVP please follow this link:


Outdoor Rinks – 2017 Season Recap

The Riverside South Community Association maintains outdoor rinks in Boothfield Park, Spratt Park, Mountain Meadows Park, and Nimiq Park through the commitment and support of local volunteers, as well as sponsorship from the City of Ottawa. The RSCA would like to thank all the volunteers for the many hours they spent ensuring our community had great ice surfaces this season!

Boothfield: David Raganold (coordinator), Ziad Bou-Ziad, Jeff McGregor, Philip Clement, Carlo Versace, Geordie Adams, and Fred Boisvenue.

Spratt Rink: Fraser Thom (coordinator), Trevor Zuccato, Darren Unchman, Samuel du Perron, Chris Hill, Greg Tessario, Mark Albright, Mark Wiebe, Steve Strickey, Chris Kingsbury, Nick Varty, Casey Hanson, Chris Dales, Adam Blackadder, Grant Tessario, Pete Cantrell, Derek Corneil, Mike Cummings, Cary Viitaniemi, and Mark Vanasse.

Nimiq: John Carson (coordinator), Bill Johnston, Darrell Wiggins, Dave Bowering, JM Voltan, James Goff, John Brayman, John Buttler, and Vlad Mahu.

Mountain Meadows: Jason St.Pierre (coordinator), John Grochot, Sean O’Hagan, Steve Volk, Sam Osman, John Mundy, John Oliveira, and Naz Ghadban.

Phase 13 Construction Project – Tree Cutting Plan

Developer Urbandale will begin the tree removal process next week in their next phase of development south of Earl Armstrong Rd. in accordance with the tree preservation plan.

To view the affected areas please see the attached pdf.

The sections of the map bounded by the orange line indicate the tree cutting area; only the trees to the left of the purple shaded plot will be cut at this time. Yellow shaded areas to the left will not be included during this round of removal as these areas relate to potential parks and schools – those to the right will not be touched until next year or later, they will be part of the future urban core (mixed use, commercial, etc.).

For further information, please contact Bruce Lindsay, RSCA President at president@riversidesouth.org or Marcel Denomme, Urbandale  Director of Planning at mdenomme@urbandale.com