Riverdale: Diverse, but not divided

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Riverdale community, one of 11 areas in city’s Neighbourhood Action Strategy, celebrates its ‘good people’ and the journeys they’ve taken, and wants to make sure every voice is heard

By Teri Pecoskie

Joanne Aleman doesn’t live in Riverdale by chance — she’s there by choice.

“I’m a single mom, I’ve got two part-time jobs, I’ve got a son to take care of,” the 43-year-old says. “This is a place where I feel safe, where, even though we’re living in an apartment, we have all these activities really close by.

“It’s been very good for us.”

Aleman sold her Mountain home and moved to Riverdale, a diverse and densely populated neighbourhood on the west edge of Stoney Creek, less than two years ago. She wasted no time getting involved.

 Now co-chair of the Riverdale Planning Team, she’s set her sights on rebuilding the group to better reflect the neighbourhood’s unique demographics. She’s also firmly committed to ensuring everyone, regardless of personal circumstance, has a voice.

“We’re good people,” she says of the team, “but it doesn’t reflect the community.”

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Article and image source: Hamilton Spectator

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