March 1st, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 9
Riversdale’s Keith Bott parting with the Crowsnest Pass
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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Sergeant Keith Bott from October 2011 after having just joined the Crowsnest Pass RCMP.
Pass Herald Reporter
Keith Bott will be leaving the Crowsnest Pass and a community that he has shaped and that has shaped him in return.

Bott, as detachment commander with the RCMP, was transferred to the Pass with his wife Patti in 2012. The move came following Bott being stationed in various detachments across Saskatchewan and Alberta, from the small community of Punnichy to Lloydminster, a town spanning both provinces, and the Canadian Forces Base town of Cold Lake, where he had the opportunity to fly an F-18 aircraft. Bott never intended to join the RCMP, but after he saw the camaraderie and team effort at his brother’s RCMP Academy graduation, he felt a call to join.

The Botts made the best of every town they lived in, making friends and becoming a part of each community. After all, home is where you hang your hat, says Bott, and moving to the Pass was no different.

“I couldn’t wait to get here because we lived in the Prairies. The only place we hadn’t lived was in the mountains,” says Bott. “As a kid, I spent almost every weekend in the mountains. We’d go out camping and fishing and hiking in the mountains every weekend in the summertime. So I looked forward to live right in the mountains.”
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Crowsnest Pass, with its pristine fishing holes and vivacious mountain life turned what was intended to only be a temporary one-and-a-half-year stint in the Pass to living here for five and a half years.

During his time as a detachment commander with the RCMP, Bott monitored and ensured the level of service that residents received in the Pass.

“I was responsible for making sure that the people going out have the proper tools to work with, and that includes training, equipment, and making sure that they’re following up on the investigation,” he says. “I had to make sure that when someone calls in a complaint, regardless of the degree of the complaint, that the service is provided.”

Bott liaised frequently with the community and got familiar with Mayor and Council, emergency services, and various key individuals who are significant in the community, an asset that, after Bott’s retirement from the RCMP, would be recognized by Riversdale Resources’ operations manager Peter Murray, who hired Bott as a consultant for the mining company.

It was purely haphazardly that Bott ended up at Riversdale. After printing a stack of business cards for a security investigations and consulting company he decided on starting, he walked into Riversdale Resources to network with Murray.

“He hired me right away,” says Bott. “So I spent all that money on those business cards and I only needed one.”
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For six weeks, Bott worked as a consultant with Riversdale before being hired as a community liaison, with his main responsibility being incorporating Riversdale in the community, and he did that by involving himself in the community, engaging with residents and dispelling any confusion or rumours associated with the mining project.

“It started as something to keep myself busy, but as I progressed into the role and saw the economic benefits to the community from this operation, it became more than just a job,” he says.

Over the years, Bott and Patti became fully immersed in and committed to the community outside of their day-to-day jobs. Patti is involved with Community Futures, while Bott is on the board of the Chamber of Commerce and went on to be a part of many extracurricular projects in the Pass, like bringing home “Old Smokey”, the Hunslet Diesel Locomotive.

The Botts are moving to Edmonton to accommodate Patti’s transition to working out of head office for Servus Credit Union. While “absolutely” sad to leave Crowsnest Pass in exchange for dealing with streetlights and traffic, he says he will be keeping a close eye on the Pass from up north.

“The town has a vision that consists of working and developing tourism and that is such a good idea,” he says. “There’s vision of developing and working on the good things here in Crowsnest Pass, like the history, the recreational activities, the arts. There’s so much in this community that’s not being taken advantage of.”
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March 1st, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 9
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