BPW Greater Sudbury Recognizes Rachelle Niemela for her Volunteer Contributions to our City.

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BPW Greater Sudbury Recognizes Rachelle Niemela for her Volunteer Contributions to our City.


Rachelle Niemela worked various positions while she raised her two children as a single
parent. The last 23 years of her career were spent at Cambrian College, with 17 years in
the Information Technology Department; having started her professional career as a
part-time secretary and a continuing education instructor, with her final years at
Cambrian spent as an operational and project manager in the IT department. During her
career and after she retired in 2010, she has been continuously occupied with her
community support for numerous local organizations and causes.
Rachelle is an avid cyclist and enjoys working with the community to advocate and
assist with the cycling infrastructure growth in the City. She is currently the Chair of the
Sudbury Cyclists Union; a certified Canbike instructor who teaches cycling courses for
the City of Greater Sudbury; member of the Sustainable Mobility Advisory Panel
representing the Sudbury Cycles partnership, which runs programs such as the Kids
Bike Exchanges and other cycling events in Greater Sudbury; and she was the project
lead for the Celebrate by Bike Ontario 150 bike ride in 2017. Within her community
Rachelle is the Chair of the Community Action Network (CAN) in Ward 8, and has led
projects that include the revitalization of the Twin Forks Playground, the installation of a
community garden at Twin Forks named in honour of Sudbury Councillour Fabio Belli,
and she has fostered community engagement opportunities for all Ward 8 residents.
Rachelle was also the Chair of the New Sudbury Days community festival for 3 years,
and was the lead for the community garden school project where over 530 local primary
school students helped to grow seedlings for planting in ward community gardens.
Rachelle continues to contribute to her community through various other committees and
projects. Some of these include being a board member for the Junction Creek
Stewardship Committee; Recording secretary for the Sudbury Road Safety Committee
and the Keeping Seniors Warm project; Executive member of the Coalition for a Liveable
Sudbury; Past project manager for the Minnow Lake dog park association projects;
Member of the Irish Heritage Club, the Bioski Club, and Rainbow Routes Association as
a hike leader; Community rep on the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Planning and
Advisory Committee, to name a few. Rachelle has also participated in numerous
community-wide initiatives including the Sudbury Community Garden Network, the Food
Policy Council community sessions, the Age Friendly Initiatives community sessions, the
Community Safety Wellbeing initiative and she also volunteers at the Sudbury Rocks
Race, the River & Sky Music and Camping Festival, the Northern Lights Festival Boreal
and other community events.

“Rachelle is an outstanding role model who epitomizes making a difference in her ward
and in the city. She has redefined hard work, advocacy and service with all her
community contributions, and the time she continues to contribute to helping our City
become vibrant and active through her work. BPW Greater Sudbury recognizes Rachelle
for her immense commitment to working within our community and giving so much of
herself through her volunteerism.” – Marianne Matichuk, BPW Greater Sudbury
President exclaims.

Written By:
Miranda Rocca-Circelli, VP Communications BPW Greater Sudbury
Media Contact –
Marianne Matichuk, BPW Greater Sudbury President | BPW Greater Sudbury
P.O. Box 2593 Station A, Sudbury, ON, P3A 4S9 | www.bpwgreatersudbury.com