Ryan Giroux: building the future for Aboriginal youth

Ryan is currently enrolled in his final year of Anthropology at the University of Alberta. He is a dedicated student and active member of the Aboriginal community both on and off campus. He has been a positive leader and role model in the time that I have been fortunate enough to know him.

Ryan is a well-rounded student who has maintained an impressive average and has recently applied to Medical school. I have the utmost certainty that he will one day be an amazing doctor. In his time at the University of Alberta, Ryan has been an active member in the University community. He has volunteered with U of A Orientation, Open House, with the Aboriginal Student Services Centre, within his faculty, at Aboriginal Student Discovery Day, and with the Office of the Registrar as an Aboriginal Campus Ambassador. Along with these volunteer commitments, Ryan has dedicated over 400 hours to his role as one of the Vice Presidents Internal for the Aboriginal Student Council.

Over the past few months, Ryan has also recently created The Aboriginal Notebook Initiative to be run through the council. This initiative will allow the council to send notebooks, school supplies, and current U of A Aboriginal students to work with low-income Aboriginal students in rural and urban elementary or junior high schools. The main goal of this initiative is to plant a seed in these young Aboriginal students’ minds, showing them that no matter what their circumstances may be, they have the potential to obtain a university education. Ryan knows that Aboriginal children and youth are the future of the Aboriginal community and by providing them with the idea that they can create a better future for themselves, they are creating a stronger future for the Aboriginal community as a whole.

Along with balancing his studies and on-campus volunteer commitments, Ryan works part time at the Apple Store and volunteers in the off campus community as well. Ryan has dedicated his time to volunteering with the Edmonton Community Foundation by helping to organize the annual Belcourt Brosseau Metis Awards Ceremony. Ryan believes that giving back to the community is rewarding, and this is evident in his passion for volunteering.

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