The founding members of RARA in 1986 were:
- Ms. Beverley Davies (Improvement Districts)
- Mr. Jim Carberry (Syncrude Canada Ltd)
- Mr. Allen Walker (ATCO)
- Ms. Kim Jenkins (Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre)
Today only Jim Carbery resides in Fort McMurray. Jim, Bev and Allen all served on the RARA committee for a number of years. Bev remained always available in an advisory capacity until her passing in 2003.