Our Board of Directors

 The RCA is led by the Ranchlands Board of Directors, which consists of 7 seats including the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and three Directors seats. The board is elected at our Annual General Meeting in November but vacant seats can be filled by appointment. If you are interested in joining our board, please email the office for more information! 

This year we have 4 amazing volunteers filling these roles to keep the RCA running smoothly. 
Each and every one of them lives in our fantastic community and volunteered to join the board to help make a difference. They are the ones responsible for making decisions about the programming and events we run, the repairs made to our community association building and even can be found tackling odd jobs like cutting the grass around the hall, painting over some graffiti or weeding our flower beds.   

There isn’t a lot that this amazing team won’t take on (if they have the time!) so we are proud to introduce you to the 2022/2023 Ranchlands Board Of Directors

Anita Raffaele


Ranchlander since 2013

Board Member since 2020

After falling in love with the mature trees and open green spaces of Ranchlands, Anita and her family moved into the community and instantly felt at home. Having grown up in a neighborhood with an active and engaged Community Association, Anita looked forward to taking her own child to community events so he could have the same kinds of memories. In 2019, Anita decided to volunteer with the RCA as a program host and loved feeling like she was contributing so in 2020 she joined the Board of Directors as Vice President. After a one year term as VP, she was elected to President of the Board in 2021.
Anita’s background in Procurement means she brings professional experience in purchasing, project bid analysis, and cost control.

Sharon Blackwell


Ranchlander since 1987

Board Member since 2022

As a relative newcomer to Canada from Ireland, Sharon moved to Ranchlands with her young family and has enjoyed participating in many aspects of community life, from Ranchlands Community School, gymnastics, baseball, cubs, and Brownies/Girl Guides and church. In 2022, Sharon decided to join the Board of Directors as Secretary to help support the Ranchlands Community Association’s renewed commitment to building a sense of community and a sense of pride in our neighborhood. Sharon has just retired from her 40 year career with the Government of Alberta, where she worked in leadership roles supporting individuals and families, agencies, and community stakeholders.

Laurie Lin


Ranchlander since 2013

Board Member since 2022

In Canada, Calgary is where Laurie calls home and Ranchlands is where she roots, deep and wide. During her 10 years of residency in Ranchlands, she has proudly served the community with public service for government agencies and Girl Guides of Canada. Community building is where her passion and profession meet, which has been strengthening throughout her career in community attractions and involvement with various community-engaged organizations. From leading monthly community supper for vulnerable populations to steering as a non-profit board director. As a cross-cultural, multi-lingual, and interdisciplinary individual, Laurie is looking forward to helping the community of Ranchlands continue to learn, grow, serve and contribute, for a better and stronger community.

Jessica Brander


Ranchlander since 2022

Board Member since 2022

A newer resident to Ranchlands, Jessica love’s the walkability of our community. After meeting so many friendly and welcoming people, she decided to join the board to contribute to the neighborhood and bring some fresh ideas and creativity to the RCA.