Job Posting - Neighbourhood Connector

Ritchie Community League is currently seeking a resident of our neighbourhood for the role of Neighbourhood Connector. This is a paid, part time position with an expected contribution of 40 hours per month, and is expected to last for 6-9 months. The hours are highly variable and primary self directed.

The purpose of this role is to support the implementation of the Abundant Community Program in our neighbourhood, an Asset Based Community Development program intended to develop and promote a vibrant neighbourhood life, while reducing social isolation. The Neighbourhood Connector is responsible for identifying, mobilizing, encouraging and supporting the Block Connectors. For more information on this program, please click on the following link:

Responsibilities of the Neighbourhood Connector may include:

  • Various initiation and start up tasks, such as creating a block map for your neighbourhood and working with the neighbourhood support team to select and implement an appropriate database.

  • Attending citywide neighbourhood connector gatherings

  • Revising the Block Connector Introduction Letter and the Neighbourhood Conversation Guide for your Neighbourhood

  • Identifying and orientating new Block Connectors and accompanying them on their first neighbourhood conversations

  • Providing ongoing support and encouragement to the Block Connectors

  • Ensuring regular and accurate data entry into the selected database

  • Supporting the creation of  new activity groups of shared interest

  • Reporting to the neighbourhood leadership team

As a potential Neighbourhood Connector, your have:

  • Existing relationships within the neighbourhood; you are viewed as a local leader and connector

  • Confidence and passion to seek out and enlist a Block Connector from each block in the neighbourhood

  • Leadership ability to direct and motivate Block Connectors to connect with their whole block

  • Tenacity and sufficient organizational skills to engage the entire neighbourhood

  • Boldness and social skills to engage any neighbour

  • Hospitality to convene the Block Connectors for encouragement and “team support”

  • Teaching ability to guide the Block Connectors to competence in initiating conversations

  • Interest in the information collected in conversations, to ensure collection and relevant follow-up action

  • Care, grace and patience to work with all levels of ability and commitment among Block Connectors

  • Communication skills to correspond with Block Connectors, the Support Team and the neighbourhood leadership.

To apply for this role, please email your resume to by April 20, 2018. As well, in lieu of a cover letter, we ask that you provide us with a document detailing your answers to the following questions:

  • What initially attracted you to the the role of  Neighbourhood Connector?

  • What part of the Neighbourhood Connector role would be the biggest challenge for you personally? Why?

  • How would you describe your neighbourhood? What makes it unique? How do you believe that would affect the success of the ACE program in your neighbourhood?

Ritchie Community League would sincerely like to thank all applicants for their interest; together we can turn strangers into neighbours.

Caminitos Spanish Playschool

Bilingual Spanish program for children aged three to five.

No prior Spanish knowledge is required. Children learn Spanish through play guided by experienced and qualified bilingual teachers specializing in early childhood education.

Located at Escuela Mill Creek (9735-80 Avenue). 

For more information or to register, please visit We are currently accepting students for the afternoon class in the fall. 

Winter Brainstorming! 

We are always trying to find neat things to do as a community. Here's a few ideas so far:

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  • Beer Tasting Group
  • Snow Fort Building
  • Youth Dance/Chill Out Space
  • Current Affairs Discussion
  • Neighbourly Skate Times
  • Bi-Weekly Kids Activities
  • Ritchie vs Hazeldean Hockey
  • Food Making Workshops
  • Snowshoeing
  • Curling with Cans
  • Traffic Safety
  • Local History Project

We know what interests us but we'd like to hear from you. Please email with your ideas and feedback on fun winter events!      

ACE Neighbour Contest

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ACE Neighbour Contest
Congratulations to this month's winner and Ritchie's very own Klondike Kitty - Debra Cook!  Dianne Hall shared this great  story about her great neighbour: 

"My neighbor Deb deserves a shout out. She is senior,retired teacher and has volunteered for over 30 years as Klondike Kitty singing to veterans. She has faced numerous health issues this year, but still heads out to spend time to sing and entertain at Vets homes, retirement homes, and the train that runs in the summer for seniors. She shops local, shovels walks and is always there for all the neighbours."

Hearing this story brought back a memory from 30 years ago when Deb came to my grade five class. So congrats Deb - Accent Infills  has a cheque for $100 to reward you for all you've done.

As for Dianne, Transcend is providing her with a $50 voucher for coffee and other treats to stay warm this winter!  

We've got lots of great prizes from local business and cash-ola from Accent Infills so remember, to nominate your pal next door. All you have to do is email and tell us why your neighbour is ACE!  

Core Fit

Mondays - 6:15 - 6:45 pm (no class on holidays) 

No classes Feb. 19, 26, Mar. 5

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There’s more to training the core than just isolating the abdominals. By functionally training the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen you greatly improve the strength, balance and stability in your daily activities or in your sport. All levels of fitness are welcome. Indoor shoes, water bottle and a mat are a must for every class. For additional information or questions contact the instructor Margareta at

  • $5 drop-in Ritchie members
  • $6 non-members


AFLCA Group Exercise, Portable Equipment

Fit4Two PPFS (Pre/Postnatal Fitness) 

Zumba (R) Specialist)



MONDAYS (no class on holidays)
9:45 - 10:45 AM 

No classes Feb. 19, 26, Mar. 5

Fit with Baby is a stroller-based fitness program for new parents who want a full body workout but don't want to or can’t leave their babies behind. Even though our focus is to safely keep the pre-natal mama active and the postnatal mama get back into physical activity and raise her energy, dads are more than welcome to join us for a workout! Using HIIT, body weight, portable equipment and even structures around the neighbourhood you will find yourself working hard but having fun! Build a network and friendships in your own community and meet other new parents who have the same fitness goals and share similar pre/postnatal experiences.
Class will run outside for as long as possible (8 degrees C or above by 9:30AM) so come prepared with your outdoor essentials. Running shoes, water bottle and mat are needed for every class and for safety purposes your child must remain in the stroller at all times with the exception of feeding/changing/calming. This is not a babywearing workout. If you would love to join us for a workout but don’t have a baby, come!

For additional information or questions contact the instructor Margareta at

  • $10 drop-in Ritchie members
  • $12 non-members

Margareta Jesse
AFLCA Group Exercise, Portable Equipment Instructor
Fit4Two PPFS (Pre/Postnatal Fitness Specialist)

In Our Community

Caminitos Spanish Playschool: Offers a bilingual Spanish program for children aged three to five. No prior Spanish knowledge is required. Children learn Spanish through play guided by experienced and qualified bilingual teachers specializing in early childhood education. Located at Escuela Mill Creek (9735-80 Avenue).  For more information or to register, please visit We are currently accepting students for the afternoon class in the fall. 

Edmonton Bicycle Commuters' Society (EBC):  EBC will recognize all Ritchie Community League 2016-2017 membership cards as equal to EBC membership cards. Ritchie members can now access the following EBC services at discounted rates: Use of EBC shop tools, stands and volunteer support: $2/hour. Workshop and course registration: now $5 less than non-member fee! Check out the EBC web site:

Edmonton Reptiles and Amphibian’s Society: Meets on the third Tuesday every month at Ritchie Hall from 7:30 - 9 p.m. For more information, contact Peter Daly.

Ravenwood Temple Meets the second Sunday evening of each month in Ritchie Hall at 5:30 p.m. E-mail CWAA for more details.

Scona Seniors: SCONA Seniors offers a variety of recreational and social activities at Ritchie Hall. This active group has a varied and changing schedule, so stay up to date by emailing Cathy or call 780-433-5377

RCL Executive Spotlight: Chantal Lavoie

Chantal Lavoie is a creative, organized and energetic community member with lots of great ideas. In fact, she is the driving force behind many of the great programs that make their way to Ritchie Hall.  Thanks Chantal for bringing us together and helping Ritchie to learn and explore new things! 

1.What is your Role on the Board?
I am the Programs Director.
2. Why did you volunteer?
I love my community and I want to help make it better.

3. How long have you lived in Ritchie?
My family and I moved to Ritchie about three years ago.

4. Why did you pick this neighbourhood?
It is close to many great amenities you can walk to, close to our children’s school and our work. We love the 5-10 minute commute.

5. What is the best thing you’ve discovered in Ritchie?
The best thing recently is the opening of the Ritchie Market and Farrow Restaurant.
6. What is your wish for the next 5 years in Ritchie?
That we all pool our efforts together to help raise money for a new Ritchie Hall.
7. What is your favourite Ritchie Event/program and why?
This is difficult to answer because there are so many great events. It’s a toss up between the Chili Cook Off and Octoberfest.

8. What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?
 I work full time as a teacher and I am busy traveling, camping, hiking, biking, skiing or swimming with my husband and three kids.

9. What book did you read last?
The Japanese Lover By Isabel Allende.

10. What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
My morning latte that I brew at home with Transcend Espresso beans. Delicious!

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Hall Rental

 Ritchie Community Hall is a great venue for family and community events, large or small. There are two rooms to rent: one for 150 people, complete with stage and bar. The second room is more suited to intimate gatherings of 60 or fewer guests.

Both rooms have access to a kitchen with commercial-grade appliances, and the fabulous parkland and recreation facilities just outside their doors. The facility has ample parking and is wheelchair accessible. Best of all, rent is discounted for RCL members! 

To book a room, fill out the hall rental inquiry form

Fancy Christmas Trees, Lunches, Chi Gong, and German Men Singing...

Get ready to have a busy November seniors because this month is packed with action:

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  • Thursday Nov 2 at 11:30 am: Potluck lunch and monthly Birthday Party! Lots of un and prizes plus gift for the birthday party animals.
  • Thursday Nov 2, 9, 16 and 23: Free meditation and Chi Gong class from 10:30-11:30am. Followed by a $5 lunch and an afternoon of sit-down fun including board games, card bingo, learn to play spoons and Saskatchewan Rummy! 
  • Thursday Nov 26: German Men's Choir, refreshments and Christmas Craft and Bake Sale! Cost is $15 for entertainment, refreshments and a whole lotta fun. Everyone welcome. Join us at 1:30 for the 2:00pm performance. 
  • Thursday Nov 30: Road Trip!!!! The crew is headed to the Festival of Trees. Departure is at 10:00am with a return to the hall in time for lunch. Cost is $10 for transportation and lunch. 

ACE Neighbour Contest

Congratulations to Stephen and Erin Beland who took extra steps to be great neighbours - you see what we did there right??? Nelle Meline shared this great photo and story: 

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"My husband and I were originally renting our home. When we found our landlord was moving and needed to sell our house, we did everything in our power to buy it because we have THE BEST NEIGHBOURS EVER and we couldn't handle the thought of not living next door to these wonderful people. There are so many reasons they are the best neighbours including, but not limited to, shovelling our walk in the winter, sharing plants and seeds each spring, and offering a plethora of advice regarding everything lawn related. But the best thing has to be our "good neighbour stairs". When Stephen upgraded the fence between on houses it was too tall for us to talk to each other over. Stephen was bummed and went out and purchased a 6 stair set and cut it in half leaving us with 3 stairs for each side. It is now the perfect height for chatting, and passing over baked goods, babies, and gin and tonics. They are awesome and sweet and if everyone had neighbours as good as them the world would be a better place."

After seeing these cute steps we thought they could use a little cash back from Accent Infills!Edmonton's infill and skinny home specialists will be giving the Belands $100 for their crafty neighbourly efforts.

As for Nelle, Transcend is providing her with a $50 voucher for coffee so she can stay up all night chatting over the fence!  

We've got lots of great prizes from local business and cash-ola from Accent Infills so remember, to nominate your pal next door. All you have to do is email and tell us why your neighbour is ACE!  

Block Connectors Wanted


We've been trying to spread the word about Ritchie's Abundant Community initiative but we can't do it alone.

There are still a number of streets in our great neighbourhood without Block Connectors and that's something we'd like to change.

Chances are that many of you are already performing the role of Block Connector informally. Being friendly, talking to your neighbours, keeping an eye out for people, and sharing information...that's the essence of being a Block Connector. 

On Tuesday, Nov 14 from 7:00-9:00pm our Block Connectors and ACE Support Team will be meeting at the hall. This could be a great opportunity to connect with some neighbourly Ritchie people and learn more about Abundant Communities. 

For more information, please email:

Monthly Ritchie Working Bee

Did you know that Ritchie Community League is powered by volunteers? Volunters like you help to keep our hall in working order. No skills required, our hall gurus will teach you what to do. Come prepared to work in or outside. An hour of your time is all we ask. 

Please join us at 10:00am on the following dates as we tackle Monthly Hall Maintenance together:

  • Sat Nov 4
  • Sat Dec 2
  • Sat Jan 6 

Fibre Arts Group

All fibre crafts welcome

Included knitting, crochet, rug hooking, cross stitch, inclusive of all fibre crafts! 


Free - powered by volunteers
Everyone is welcome

  • Some wool and needles will be available
  • Some basic knitting skills are required (if new to knitting check out a few videos beforehand)
  • Ritchie Community League - Small hall

Every Monday

Oct 23 to Dec 11