Community volunteers promoting community, events, history & sustainability.

Accomplishments – 2015 In Review

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT – 2015 in Review

It has been a banner year!  Real achievements in program delivery, leveraging results through partnering, advocating for the community, administration and fund raising tell the story.  Just look at what your RVA volunteers have accomplished:

Mission

  • To foster and encourage Village identity and pride.
  • To identify issues critical to the well being of the residents of Richmond, identify resolutions that are in Richmond’s best interest and advocating the resulting positions to the City of Ottawa by whatever route or means best serves the situation.
  • To promote local business and support improved community services.
  • To identify, propose, organize and manage projects that enhance the natural beauty and recreational resources of Richmond.

Accomplishments:

Programs/Events:
  • Held Spring Clean Up and the village wide Garage Sale
  • Held 3nd annual Richmond Family Fun Day with Art/Quilt/Craft shows
  • Operated two barbecues in the City’s Concert in the Park series
  • Held fundraising activities for the Youth Program
  • Created and mailed 4 Flyer issues to every household totalling over 10,000 pieces
  • Assumed management of the Richmond Walking Club from OPH
  • Completed restorative maintenance on all murals
  • Presented RVA Student Awards to two deserving local students
  • Participated in Remembrance Day
  • Held the annual Santa Parade supporting the Lion’s drive for the Foodbank
  • Supported budding young artists who created winter banners now proudly hanging on Perth and McBean
  • Added hundreds of new Christmas lights to the Memorial Park trees
  • Presented the annual “Lighting of the Park” with Santa, served free chilli, hot chocolate and cookies
Advocacy:
  • Richmond Residents for Community Space joined the RVA
  • Held an all candidates meeting and provided website exposure to candidates in the Federal election to facilitate local voters making choices
  • Applied as intervener to the National Energy Board re Energy East Pipeline
  • Received 2015 Chamber of Commerce Finalist Award
  • Participated in the Carefor expansion feasibility study and created the RVA Carefor Committee
  • Assisting the Richmond Village Refugee Welcome group with use of our marketing venues
Administrative Management:
  • Purchased a computer system for RVA dedicated use
  • Developed financial reporting tools to produce quarterly statements
  • Passed Bylaw change to increase number of Directors from 8 to up to 12 members
  • Developed a RVA volunteer management program and reference manual
  • Developed 3year Strategic and Operational Plan
  • Upgraded and secured the RVA website
  • Created a dedicated 2018 bicentennial website richmond200.ca
Fundraising:
  • Continued to grow sponsorships and paid directory listings
  • Created marketing strategy for 2018 bicentennial and began fundraising
  • Received $5000 donation from TD Bank which was invested in a major tree planting
  • Received $2500 grant for Lighting of Park from Rural Affairs Fund
Continuing Objectives:
  • Fund, organize/produce and deliver the current roster of programs and events while improving and expanding them as funding permits
  • Transition to new Ontario Not­For­Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) by June 30, 2017
  • Create a master volunteer roster with contact information
  • Continue planning and executing the 2018 bicentennial activities
  • Evaluate the Carefor expansion opportunity for a potential partnership