Rick Wolcott


Rick Wolcott BA ’66 returned home to Calgary, Alberta, to work in an art store after graduating from Lewis & Clark. He soon became the youth work department head at the Calgary Central YMCA. After a two-year service course on volunteer management, he moved to New Westminster, British Columbia, and looked after membership, youth work, and camping programs with the local YMCA/YWCA. Wolcott married Maureen, and the couple moved back to Calgary, where he worked with the Alberta Forest Service as southern regional coordinator of forestry youth programs. In this position, Wolcott ran workshops for parents, helping them pass on skills and knowledge to their children and other club members. During fire season, he was a public information officer. Wolcott retired in 2000. Since 1980, he has taught West Coast Indigenous art (which includes traditional stories, tool making, and carving) all across Canada and at the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina. He has run weekly classes in Calgary since 2000, and has offered annual weeklong summer classes in Comox on Vancouver Island. He says, “Maybe someday, when this virus is over, I will be able to offer a course at L&C.”