Rob is very familiar with the golf and recreation industry. He has demonstrated the ability to instill a high level of customer service with all his staff members. In addition, Rob has implemented many innovative ways in meeting the changing market. Besides golf, Rob enjoys curling, hockey, and both down hill and cross-country skiing.
Jason is an integral part of the team that developed maintenance levels and turf care that we have all come to enjoy. He is well versed in the maintenance levels that are required for all four seasons at River Bend. Before coming to River Bend, Jason worked at Alberta Spring Golf Resort over a 12-year period while obtaining his Bachelor of Commerce degree and diploma in Turfgrass Management.
Director of Golf
I was born in England, my family moved to Red Deer in 1977. I started golf at the Red Deer Golf CC at age 11. I graduated high school in Red Deer. My first job was for Golf Plus. My first job as a golf pro was at Hidden Valley Golf Resort. I started at Dinosaur Trail in 1993 and have been there until February 2019 when i made my move to River Bend. I am married and have 2 kids. I love competitive golf. It is a great sport because its all about yourself. you hit the good shots and you hit the bad ones. I love the business because people show up to our door happy and its our job to make them leave happy.
*Melissa will be on maternity leave as of
September 9th 2020*
My name is Melissa Perron. I grew up in Spruce View Alberta, I moved to Red Deer when I was 18 years old and have been here ever since. I first held a golf club when I was 16 years old. I started taking the game seriously when I made the Red Deer College Golf Team at 18 years old while pursuing an education in Adapted Physical Education. I got my first golf job in 2011 at the Innisfail Golf Club where I really fell in love with the game and wanted to pursue golf as a career. Upon getting my pro card in 2017 I went back to school and completed my Business Management Certification. In 2020 I obtained my Class A status as a golf professional. Through my years in the golf industry I bounced around to a couple different courses until I landed a job that was close enough to home that I could bike to work. This new job was everything I wanted. River Bend is a now my work home. I believe I can really flourish my career here under great leadership and I look forward too many seasons to come.
I am Liza. I have been working at River Bend for the last 4 years now. I have started here as a server, worked my way up to the Front of House Supervisor. Now I am working here as an Office Manager. I have enjoyed my time working here over those years as I met some amazing people that made me feel like River Bend is my home. And I hope it will be for many more years.
I have lived in Red Deer my whole life. I got into the game of golf when I was 12, and got my first season pass at River Bend when I was 13. I quickly fell in love with the game and started playing competitively. I love the game of golf because you are responsible for all the shots you hit and because the people that you meet along the way. My first job in the industry was scrubbing clubs at the country club in 2012, and my first job as a golf professional was April of 2019 at River Bend.
Samath "Sam" Rajapaksa
Sam is Red Seal Certified with 20+ years of culinary experience. He has been involved with many local Farm to Table dining experiences partnering with Season & Supply and has a true passion for thinking outside of the box when it comes to plating and menu planning.