Bird Day Ottawa – May 13th

Get Up Close to the World of Birds

International Migratory BIRD DAY 2017

Saturday, May 13, 10 am to 1 pm

Brewer Park (Bronson Ave. across from Carleton University)

FREE, Family-friendly, Fun


Watch an owl fly silently to a perch and learn how they manage to be so quiet. Discover special places along the Rideau River that shelter birds, and why they need our protection. Hear storytellers share a bird’s migration journey and other fascinating bird tales.

Activities include guided bird-watching walks, a nature scavenger hunt and games. Trained hawks and owls will be part of a predatory bird demonstration, and local groups will be on hand to share more information about the incredible lives of birds and how we can help them.

Co-hosted by Nature Canada and the Canadian Biodiversity Institute. More info at

Social “Seniors”

Older adults of Riverside South are invited to attend the first Drop-In at Rideauview Community Centre on Tuesday, April 25th, 10am-12pm. Come for coffee, meet some new people and have your input into what you would like to see happen at future get-togethers. If you know someone who would enjoy this but who is not online, please share this information.

Cindy and Susan will be glad to welcome you to what could become a regular occurrence in our community!

For more information please contact:

RSCA Monthly Meeting – April 20

The next RSCA meeting is Thursday April 20, 2017 at Rideauview Community Centre at 8pm and as always is open to all residents. Presentations will include:

  • Outdoor Activities Proposal for RSS Youth
  • Updates on current RSCA initiatives – Spring Clean Up, Youth Wellness Fair, Canada Flag Program and Youth Survey
  • Website refresh

We hope you can join us!

Attachment: Meeting Agenda for April 20

Farmers’ Market News!

The by-law to create an exception to permit a farmer’s market at the Riverview Park and Ride has passed. The market is planned to operate June through October on Sundays, 9am-2pm.

For more information about the bylaw, please download this PDF: By-Law 2017-118

Ash Woodlot Rehabilitation Program – Otter Tail Woods

Site preparation timing (debris/brush clean-up, invasive species control, etc): Spring, 2017

Maintained areas of the park will be cleared of small woody debris once the snow has melted and conditions are dry enough for equipment access. Wood is good! Small to medium sized wood pieces within the woodlot are to remain on site to provide habitat for a wide range of wildlife and invertebrates, to retain growing sites for plants and fungi, to supply a slow release of nutrients to the soil, to absorb and retain moisture for the benefit of newly planted trees, to minimize soil compaction and to deter woodlot users away from newly planted sites.

Reforestation timing: Spring and/or Fall 2017 Planting Seasons

Reforestation areas: all removal areas highlighted in pink on the attached maps are to be replanted. Typical reforestation species: red maple, sugar maple, silver maple, serviceberry, hackberry, white pine, burr oak, red oak, American elder, white cedar, basswood, nannyberry, large tooth aspen, trembling aspen, dogwood and speckled alder.

For more information and maps of affected areas, please download this PDF document: Woodlot Rehabilitation Program

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: