Celebrating 10 Years of Building Community in Brander Gardens

Riverbend ROCKS appreciates all who have joined us on this journey

Our Roots – It was the words of one little girl in 2008, telling us that “there was nothing in her neighbourhood that she could afford to go to“, that inspired us to begin this journey of “building a community where diversity is celebrated, neighbours know one another, and all children and families flourish.”

Riverbend ROCKS’ Community Partners

2010Riverbend Community League: Founding Partner; Providing free Community League memberships; Sponsoring Gym Nights; Waiving Peanut Butter and Jam fees; Donating $10,000 to support complex garden infrastructure.

Riverbend Public Library: Founding Partner; Providing Outreach programs including Parents and Tots; Free space for Programs.

Riverbend Junior High School: Free space for after-school and summer programs
2012TRAC: Fiscal agent for 8 years; Donations from TRAC 10K.

TRSA: Free community soccer and referee training.
2013 Riverbend United Church: Community Suppers Partner; Free program space; Coordinating WECAN Program.

Brander Gardens Elementary School: Free space for After-School, Summer and Music Programs; Initiating Food Hamper and Clothing Drives.
2015 Cobs Bread Riverbend Square: Weekly donations of bread and baked goods to support families and the After-School Program.
2016 Brander Community Gardens: Building and maintaining the Complex Community Garden
2020Tempo School: Initiating Winter Clothing and School Supplies Drives.
2021 SW Edmonton Farmers Market: Weekly produce donations to support families during July and September.

In Gratitude – We express our gratitude to our School Trustees, City Councillors and MLAs who over the years have championed our work and raised their voices as advocates for families in need.

Thank you to our Funders past and present: the City of Edmonton; the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region; REACH Edmonton; and the Government of Canada.

Since 2010 Brander Gardens ROCKS, now Riverbend ROCKS, has been privileged to be a part of this Community and to have been invited to share in the successes and challenges of so many families. We have been deeply touched by the strength, resilience and heart of all of you! Our experiences of “building Community together” have brought all of us joy.