Jessy Rajan's Journey from the RDRWA to the City of Calgary


A big thank you to our Watershed Project Coordinator, Jessy Rajan, as she moves on from RDRWA to a new position with the City of Calgary.

Since March 2018, we have been very lucky to have Jessy working with us here at the RDRWA while our colleague Josee Methot was away on maternity leave. With her fresh approach and energy, the RDRWA has been able to move ahead with a number of great projects this year.

After moving from BC to Red Deer, Jessy quickly became engaged with the Red Deer Association for Bicycle Commuting (RDABC), and in their planning for the City’s first Cyclovia- “An open streets activity for anyone to bike, walk, or run- any non motorized activity”. The event was a great success, and we hope it gets repeated.

Jessy’s passion for cycling led to the RDRWA organizing our first ever “Biking Learning Journey”, which helped us engage with a whole new audience, get us to places we have never been before and strike up new conversations about the watershed. Jessy also encouraged the RDRWA staff to partake in the annual City of Red Deer “Commuter Challenge” which our Executive Director Jeff Hanger still undertakes with Board Member Phil Boehme each week.

During her tenure at the Alliance, Jessy led on two key pieces of work for the RDRWA this year: our 2018 Annual Report and Membership Survey. Building on one of the gaps we identified, Jessy was able to assist the RDRWA in bringing a youth voice to the work of the Alliance by engaging a number of schools and groups on watershed issues. She was also instrumental in helping to organize a special edition of the community-based event “Green Drinks” for young professionals working in the environmental sector to meet, network and share stories. 

During her time with RDRWA, Jessy was always energetic and engaged- from tree planting with the Agroforestry Woodlot Extension Society to helping to deliver education programs at Ellis Bird Farm, Piper Creek and local schools.  She was equally energetic and engaged in her volunteer pursuits. As Bill Franz, president of the RDABC recalls “Jessy contacted the RDABC about bringing “Bike to Work Week” to Red Deer. She quickly became the Volunteer Coordinator for our inaugural Cyclovia. We miss her."

Jessy has moved on from the RDRWA to become a Waste Educator with the City of Calgary. We thank her for all of her efforts during her time with the RDRWA and we wish her the best of luck in all of her future endeavors! Jessy, we hope your time in Red Deer will hold a special place in your heart as you always will in ours.



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