Our Board of Directors

The RCA is led by a group of 7 volunteers!

They are all residents of the community and have a passion for making it the best place it can be! The Board works to engage with people (who work, live or play in Ranchlands) to learn more about programs and services you want to see in the community. Then they work to raise the funds and make it happen!

Now, that isn’t to say the do it all on their own… The RCA have an awesome Office Supervisor who helps us with all kinds of things. If you have emailed or called the office, in the last several years, you have probably spoken with her!

Together our team works endlessly to support Ranchlands!

This is your 2020-2021 Board Of Directors

CJ Kinsella

President

We Asked Her…

What made you want to join the board?

I had so many ideas for the community and thought, after years of helping with events, that it was time to step up and help more! Communities need people to step forward and I figured it was my time.

What do you hope to achieve on the board?

Honestly, I had no idea coming into it. I just wanted to help more and create more connection with the community. Now I hope to bring more resources to the community in the form of programming, events, food resources etc. 

Something FUN about you?

I have lived in the same house in the community for over 25 years! And almost all of my immediate family still lives in the community, we just cannot convince ourselves to leave!

Something you LOVE about our community?

My family moved here for the land and it has kept us here! We LOVE the greener, paths, trees etc. It really is a blessing to have it so close. 

Anita Raffaele

Vice-President

We asked her…

What made you want to join the board?

I saw joining the board as an opportunity to contribute to my neighborhood in a meaningful way.

Something you LOVE about our community?

Ranchlands has everything a person could want, right in our own backyard.

What do you hope to achieve on the board?

I look forward to meeting and working with my neighbors, learning some new skills and helping our community put it’s best foot forward.

Something FUN about you?

I’m a bit obsessed with baking. I love coming up with interesting flavour combinations for cupcakes and occasionally will spend a weekend making and decorating a big cake just for the fun of it.

Melanie Grier

Treasurer

We Asked Her…

What made you want to join the board?

I’ve lived in Ranchlands for nearly five years and enjoy raising my family here. I wanted to give back to the community that we belong to and find opportunities to connect with the wonderful people who live here.

Something FUN about you?

Everyone in my family has a first name that starts with “M.” Yes, even the pets.

Something you LOVE about Calgary?

The people! The City of Calgary isn’t just a municipality, it’s a community. I love the creativity, innovativeness, and resiliency of the people in this city. I am honoured to call Calgary home.

What gets you excited when thinking about volunteering?

How happy it makes me! Volunteering brings out the best in people and I love connecting with others who volunteer. I’ve made so many great friends through my volunteer work. I always feel rejuvenated after I’ve spent some time volunteering.

Nadine Bird

Secretary

We Asked Her…

What made you want to join the board?

to make a difference in my community!

Something you LOVE about our community?

The friendships I have made!

Something about your experience and how it applies?

I have worked in administration for 7 years.

What gets you excited when thinking about volunteering?

connecting & meeting new people in the community.

Christina Bain

Director-at-Large

We Asked Her…

What made you want to join the board?

I’ve volunteered the last few years at various events and wanted to get more involved. I hope that I can bring some can do spirit and new ideas.

Something you LOVE about Calgary?

That it still feels like a community not just a city and that during the tough times we all really pull together.
 

What do you hope to achieve on the board?

As this is the first time I have been on a board first and foremost learning how a community association board works as well as being a conduit for those in the community who have suggestions and concerns that they want heard by the RCA. I would like to bring a focus to our natural areas and the conservation of them as well as how we could incorporate more small scale urban biodiversity projects within the community.

Mitchell Clarke

Director-at-Large

We Asked Him…

What made you want to join the board?

I had recently moved into the neighborhood and felt immediately at felt welcomed and at home. With that feeling I wanted to join the board and try and spread feeling to someone else.

Something FUN about you?

I am an Avid Pokemon Go player!

Something you LOVE about our community

I love all the dogs around the neighborhood as well as our natural areas.

What do you hope to achieve on the board?

I hope to bring a bit of programming to our community

Sabrina Savage

Director-at-Large

We Asked Her…

What made you want to join the board?

Ranchlands is a hidden gem of a community! I’m a proud resident and am eager to contribute to the growth of our beautiful and diverse neighbourhood.

What gets you excited when thinking about volunteering?

I am excited by opportunities to make and foster authentic connections between people, and share a little joy and laughter.

Something FUN about you

I love trying new things and having adventures – from getting on the back of a prized Stampede bull to exploring salt mines in Peru, there are so many lenses to look through!

Something about your experience and how it applies?

I have worked in Community Development and Health Promotion for over a decade with a formal background in Community Studies and Mental Health.