Board of Directors and committee chairs

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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.


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Lindsay Vala

Vice-President, Internal

With us since our founding, Morgan James is one of our veteran team members. They bring their years of experience and skills to the forefront in helping our organization grow and succeed.

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Jeff Thomson

Vice-president, external

Jeff 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.


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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.

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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.



Kolja Vainstein


Although Kolja is new to the RCA Board, he has been a proud Ramsayite since 2005.  He and his partner Sarah have two children and live in what they believe to be one of the best neighbourhoods in Calgary.  Kolja works in the renewable and energy storage industry.  He is passionate about community engagement and projects that make Ramsay an even better place to live.

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Margaret Toye

Communications Committee Chair

Margaret grew up in Ramsay. 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. Margaret likes writing and connecting with people and so is taking the lead on our Communications Committee.

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Teresa Smith

Membership Committee Chair

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.