Rick Checkland joined The Alpine Club of Canada in 1968 after spending five years as a member of the Edmonton section junior group. He was soon involved in the section schools, an involvement which has continued for 49 years. As lead instructor, the Summer in the Mountains and Winter in the Mountains courses have been a source of enjoyment, learning, and meeting people for Rick. While his children were young Rick led summer family camps to Elizabeth Parker, Stanley Mitchell and other locations. These week-long trips introduced many kids to the mountains and remain some of Rick’s fondest memories. Over the years he has led both climbing and skiing trips. His Involvement with the section executive has included Breeze editor, climbing chair, and chairman.
Rick Checkland was awarded the Silver Rope for Leadership Award in 2016 and the Distinguished Service Award in 1990.