Ryan's employability story

Canadian Gold Award holder and Founder of Ryan's Well Foundation, Ryan Hreljac

Earlier this year 23-year-old Ryan Hreljac, a Gold Award holder and entrepreneur from Canada, took up a role as Assistant Project Manager at Ryan’s Well Foundation, a charity he founded aged seven.

“I think doing the Award brought the merits of balance and consistency into my life. Sometimes it is easy to lose focus, but having a plan in place makes things run considerably more easily.

“In January I started at Ryan’s Well Foundation as Assistant Project Manager and I’ll be taking over the role of Project Manager in June. We are always busy at Ryan’s Well, we’ve operated in 16 countries over the years doing 927 water projects helping bring clean water and improved sanitation to over 800,000 people. We do a lot of work in rural areas where water makes a profound impact on the daily lives of people.  It helps kids be able to go to school, infant mortality to decline, and people not have to get sick from contaminated water. It makes a world of difference.

Canadian Gold Award holder and Founder of Ryan's Well Foundation, Ryan Hreljac, with young people in AfricaInvesting in others  

“It’s a great experience and opportunity with lots to learn. I’m eager and excited to be able to be playing pivotal role in the work we do. It is a little strange too, I’ve volunteered with this project for the last 17 years of my life so it is different from what I’m used to, but I think my volunteer experience will only aid my increased involvement.

“I felt like I did all of the things the Award seeks to bring out prior to becoming involved, however it certainly helped me put a framework in place to better manage my energy and time. It helped me have a greater sense of calm in certainty that there was value in all of the time I spent volunteering and trying to better myself.

“I would absolutely recommend doing the Award to other young people. I would describe it as an investment in yourself and in your greater community.”

Catch Ryan talking to CTV News in Canada about building their 1000th well in Uganda, where the very first Ryan's well was built: http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=666712

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