Board of Directors 20-21 Bios

President – Nicole Battistella

Ramsay’s history and character were a big draw for Nicole and her husband when they moved into the community in 2013. After taking a pause from her 15-year career in sales leadership and project management, Nicole completed her Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management while starting a family. 

She joined the Board in 2019, and while chasing 2 young boys and a mini poodle around, she’s honoured to pair her passion for people and sustainable strategy to help serve this incredible community.

Contact: president@ramsaycalgary.ca

Vice President, External – Erin Joslin

Erin moved to Ramsay in August 2009, ironically, after telling her husband that she wanted to live anywhere in the inner city but Ramsay. Wanting to share her past experiences and skill set, Erin volunteered for the RCA as a Director, and her current role asVP External is an ideal fit. Erin has been the
community voice through the Green Line process and the Area Redevelopment Plan, while juggling adding two new Ramsayites to her home. Erin loves building community
connections and admins a few of the local facebook groups. Erin was recognized as a Federation of Calgary Communities 2020 Face of the Community.

Contact:
vpexternal@ramsaycalgary.ca

Vice President, Internal – Julius von Bieberstein

Julius has lived in Ramsay since 2005. He got involved with the RCA in about 2009 when he volunteering mostly with the Civic Affairs Committee. In 2018 Julius joined the RCA board helping with various tasks, including using his carpentry skills to help fix things around the hall when needed. 

Contact:
vpinternal@ramsaycalgary.ca

Director-at-large – Lindsay Vala

Lindsay moved to Ramsay in 2014 and instantly fell in love with the small town community feel of this neighbourhood. She enjoys strolling the ‘hood and the river pathways with her dog Ruutu and her husband RJ. Lindsay’s background is in education, facilitation, and instructional design. She has been a part of the Ramsay Community Association since 2019 and enjoys being able to give back to the community that she loves. In her spare time, Lindsay can be found dreaming up new DIY projects for her house and yard.
Contact: lindsay@ramsaycalgary.ca

Director-at-large – Shawna Lea Suitor

One of the newer members of the RCA board, Shawna was recruited while looking for ways to have some fun and get to know her Ramsay neighbours. Connection is a very important part of both her personal and work life. She is an Registered Massage Therapist, and a dog owner, and as the mother of a 10 year old boy, she is always finding ways to get outside and burn off some energy. This year she is bringing that energy to the community.
Contact: shawna@ramsaycalgary.ca

Director-at-large – Margaret Toye

Although she is new to the RCA board of directors, Margaret is not new to Ramsay having grown up in the neighbourhood. She enjoys Ramsay’s proximity to the river path system and appreciates being able to walk or cycle to Bow Valley College where she works as an Associate Dean. Her previous board experience was with the Alexandra Centre Society. Margaret likes writing and connecting with people and so is taking the lead on our Communications Committee.
Contact: Margaret@ramsaycalgary.ca

Memberships Committee Chair – Teresa Smith

Teresa started volunteering with the RCA Membership Committee in 2016 and has also been leading the new playground project slated for completion at the corner of Bellevue and MacDonald Avenues by the fall of 2021. If you see her around the neighbourhood, she usually has her kids in tow – either on foot, bike, or wagon.
Contact: membership@ramsaycalgary.ca

Director-at-large – Jeff Thomson

Jeff is new to the neighbourhood of Ramsay and the RCA board of directors but has enjoyed living and working in Calgary’s inner city for the last five and a half years.  You can find him spending his weekends and evenings enjoying the City’s wonderful parks and pathway system or shooting a round of golf.  Jeff works for the City of Calgary as a Project Manager and his professional interests encompass areas of design, placemaking, and urban planning.  Jeff is involved with the RCA Planning + Development Committee and is always excited to help out in any way he can.

Contact: jeff@ramsaycalgary.ca

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