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Make a Difference with the Rideau Trail Association!

Dear RTA members and supporters,

Our Association is a 100% volunteer-run organization that maintains a historic and scenic footpath, and offers outdoor activities to thousands of club members and to the public.

Volunteering is a great opportunity to share your skills with fellow RTA members and to ensure both the trail and the Association are here in the future.

Do you, a family member, a friend, a co-worker, or an acquaintance; have skills that could be shared as a volunteer to contribute to the continuing operation – and the sustainability – of the trail and the programs offered by the RTA?

Sharing your skills also gives you a chance to learn from others on the Board, club executives and committees. You can learn new skills through informal training, or apply your current skills in new areas. Some people find that the skills transfer can assist them in other areas such as job preparation, work with other groups, improved life satisfaction and enjoyment. Helping with the RTA also contributes to protecting the environment by encouraging people to be outside enjoying nature.

The RTA Board and RTA clubs have several volunteer opportunities available now. In addition, there are several committees looking for representation from across the Association. I hope that you will take the time to review the brief descriptions below and will follow-up by looking at more detailed job descriptions and contacting the people identified. Even if you just have a quick question, let us know, we will be happy to get back to you.

If you do not think you are able commit to a committee or a board position, maybe you can offer a few hours to help with special projects like the annual general meeting, events, or helping with other activities. We would be delighted to hear from you. For general inquiries you can contact:

Board Positions


Supports the president in the overall operation of the Association. Duties including chairing board meetings if the president is absent, representing the association at official functions, chairing the succession planning committee and preparing a summary of Board meetings for the Newsletter. Learn more.

Contact: Dorothy Hudson

Marketing and Communications Director

Manages, with the help of a working group, all marketing and communications activities including social media, website, other Association advertising and promotion and developing and implementing the marketing and communications strategy for the Board. Learn more.

Contact: Paul Galipeau,

Membership Director          

Maintains membership records for the Association, distributes membership cards and other general information, maintains the membership database, tracks membership trends and makes reports and recommendations to the Board on membership issues. Maintains a membership committee to assist with tasks. Learn more.

Contact: Bill Ottney

Newsletter Editor

Publishes two of our quarterly newsletter per year. Develops the layout, features and structure of the Newsletter. Assembles the items for the newsletter and prepares the material for publication using available software. Learn more.

Contact: Steve Kelly


The RTA has a number of committees that are looking for volunteers.  If you have skills that you think will assist these committees please contact the people identified.  Most of these volunteer opportunities only require a few hours a month, but your contribution will be felt for many years as we make the Association and the Rideau Trail stronger.

Communications committee ( Works with the Director of Marketing and Communications to establishes communications and marketing priorities, encourage promotion activities for the association, and assists with the various social media and web-based tools to represent and promote the Association.

Succession planning committee ( Works with the Chair (currently the Vice-President) to identify coming vacancies in the association leadership and assist in searching for replacements. Promotes the value of joining Board and club executives.

Risk Management committee ( Identifies the broad range of risk faced by the Association and identifies those that require action to reduce the risk. May make recommendations on how the risks can be reduced, but responsibility for implementing actions lies with the content experts.

Membership committee: ( Works with the Membership Director to manage memberships and membership information by accepting membership applications, distributing membership materials and maintaining the membership list. Develops strategies for improving membership retention, diversity etc.

Organizational management working group ( Created to address one of our strategic priorities, this committee develops improved methods of managing the association and implements solutions that will contribute to an effective and well run organization.

Secure our trail working group ( Works to develop the trail through various means such as improved trail information, identification of possible reroutes, developing process for securing agreements with landowners and assessing tools that can be used to better manage trail information and trail routing.

50th anniversary working group (; develop activities that will help in the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the trail that will occur in 2021.


The following positions are vacant at the club level:

Kingston (

  • Chair
  • Secretary
  • Special events
  • Newsletter editor

Ottawa (

  • Vice Chair

Let’s work together! As they say, many hands make light work.

Brian Grant
President, Rideau Trail Association