Board of Directors of
for Personal & Physical Achievement
In the spring of 2001, Rick Gingras was awarded a Bachelor
of Education degree from the University of Alberta where he specialized in
Elementary Education. This degree
compliments Rick's first degree, a Bachelor of Physical Education (Adapted),
which was awarded to him in 1990.
Prior to returning to the University of Alberta in 1999,
Rick held a number of positions at The Steadward Centre (formally Rick Hansen
Centre) that kept him involved for just over 10 years. Just prior to graduating
with his BPE (Adapted) in 1990, Rick started at the Centre as a Fitness Program
Coordinator, and a few years later was promoted to Director of Fitness and
Lifestyle Programs. Under Rick's direction, the Centre took a novel turn toward
implementing unique in-house recreation, fitness, and community outreach
programming. Rick held this position until he resigned from the Centre in 1999
to return to university.
Rick has been actively involved in provision of physical
activity for people with a disability for a number of years, as a volunteer with
the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association (C.W.S.A.), an employee of The
Steadward Centre, and most recently as a member of the Centre's Board of
Rick's most recent endeavour was coordinating the events
for athletes with a disability for the 8th IAAF World Championships in Athletics
held in Edmonton. Rick acted as the
liaison between the Edmonton 2001 Local Organizing Committee and the
International Paralympic Committee. On the career front, Rick is currently teaching a
Special Needs Junior High class for the Edmonton Public School Board.
Rick has been married to Sherri for just over
10 years and they have two boys, Drew and Ryan.
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