It is with great sadness that the Board of the Riverview Community Association advises that Bill Durrell, a long-time Riverview resident and valued member of our Board passed away on March 27.
Bill was a firm believer in community building, which is what prompted his joining our organization. He was an active Board member, contributing in a significant way to all our discussions and activities. The most significant of these being his initiative to strengthen communications with our members. He felt that informing our members of activities that would affect or be of interest to them was an important element of the RCA’s mandate.
Developing a new website was the largest element of this initiative. Bill researched local Cochrane firms that offered web-building services, reviewed examples of their work, made recommendations to the Board, and then reviewed the final product. As you can appreciate, this took a considerable amount of time and effort on Bill’s part. He completed this work shortly before his health began to fail. Without Bill’s initiative and enthusiasm, the new RCA website would still only be a thought.
Bill was also an avid sports fan and enjoyed cars, all cars. You may have seen him driving through Riverview in his coral 2003 Thunderbird, with the top down and likely wearing his Rough Riders jersey. Conversation after our summer Board meetings somehow always seemed to migrate to the CFL, and the Riders in particular. As we moved into fall the focus of these after-meeting conversations shifted to the CFL western finals / Grey Cup, and of course, the Riders in particular. Bill was such a Rider fan that during the 2021 Stampeder – Rider Western Final game (the Riders won), Sherry Hufnagel managed to get Bill a Rider’s ball cap signed by the entire Saskatchewan team.
Bill’s humour and well-considered points of view will be remembered and very much missed at our Board meetings.
Our condolences go out to Bill’s family; his wife Jeanne and sons, Troy, Reed, and Steven.
UPCOMING RIVERVIEW SUMMER ACTIVITIES
May 27th – Cochrane wide / Riverview Clean Up
Once again, we will meet at Mat Kroll Park at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 27th, and walk around Riverview and pick up garbage that has collected over the winter. Bags and gloves will be provided.
Join us on this Cochrane-wide clean-up day. To sign up, send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
June 10th – Riverview Garage Sale
A perfect time to clean out your garage or get rid of household items you no longer need.
The garage sale will be advertised in both local newspapers and on social media.
July 1st – Riverview 4th Annual Mini Golf Tournament
Once again, we will hold a mini-golf tournament at the mini-golf course at the Cochrane Golf Club.
Details and sign-up instructions to follow.
August – Party In the Park
Again this year, we will hold a Party in the Park with food, games, face painting and Allan the Alpaca…And Friends!
Details to follow.
Our April Easter Egg Hunt
Thank you to everyone who came out to our annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 8th. A lot of children (54 to be exact) enjoyed hunting for Easter eggs at the Yellow Slide Park.
Many thanks to Riverview resident, Michelle Pitman, for organizing the hunt and preparing the Easter eggs again this year. Also, thank you to Riverview lawyer, Peter Major, KC, for his donation to this year’s event.
Jim Uffelmann Park
The Town is asking for your input relating to the Jim Uffelmann Park Environmental Study project. A survey is open for feedback and will remain open until May 22, 2023.
The link to the project, which includes the survey, can be found at:
Feel welcome to contact me if you have any questions.
Jennifer Foy, President
Riverview Community Association