RCA founder passes on (March 23, 2004)

Recycling lost a great friend and leader this weekend. Rick Dvorkin, President of Calgary Metal, passed away at home in Calgary at the age of sixty, following a valiant battle with melanoma.

Rick was very proud of the recycling industry and the contribution it makes to the betterment of our world. He was also proud to be part of one of the oldest recycling firms in Alberta. Rick always believed that all of us have a role to play in the development of recycling. That included all recycling industries, municipalities, non-profit agencies, and the public. In the mid-1980s, he recognized the need for an association with broad representation to facilitate dialogue, provide education, promote recycling and to speak on behalf of recycling. He worked tirelessly with a group of colleagues to establish the Recycling Council of Alberta and served as its president for the first three years. The RCA has grown and prospered and owes a great deal to the vision and commitment of Rick Dvorkin. He also served as a Director of the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries (CARI) for many years.

Funeral services will be held at the Beth Tzedec Synagogue, 1325 Glenmore Trail SW, Calgary, at 2:00 pm Tuesday, March, 23, 2004. Memorial tributes may be made in memory of Richard Dvorkin directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation for melanoma research c/o Tom Baker Cancer Center, 1331 – 29th Street N.W., Calgary AB T2N 4N2. Telephone 403-944-2433.

Information supplied by the Recycling Council of Alberta, 403-843-6563