Making kindness a priority

Ryan Connell.Ryan Connell is the definition of inspiration. His generosity and charisma allow him to be an incredible volunteer and show kindness to everyone.

It’s no wonder that Ryan is being recognized and appreciated by so many sources in our community for National Volunteer Week. Along with being a full-time staff member at the university in the Student Success Office and a student in the Social Development Studies program, Ryan selflessly gives his time to community-driven organizations, such as The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation (The KWCF).

The KWCF aspires to make a lasting difference in our community. It is a charity for charities, providing them with funds for new programs, capital needs, student awards and much more.

Ryan cares so deeply about everyone around him and it’s the driving factor in his commitment to making an impact in the lives of others.

We’re so wrapped up in our day-to-day lives that we don’t always take the time to think about the small things that can really make a difference for somebody else. –Ryan Connell

Ryan plays a large part in one of The KWCF’s major annual initiatives, Random Act of Kindness Day® (RAK Day). This is an opportunity for community members to perform random acts of kindness to create empathy in our community. In support, Ryan helps to initiate outreach opportunities throughout the region.

As someone who is always looking for ways to engage those around him in positive initiatives, Ryan has inspired the University of Waterloo to become a major partner in running this campaign on campus

I love that the university takes RAK Day up a step and thinks about how we can give back outwardly to our community. I just love the pure intent. It’s something anybody could do. –Ryan Connell

Ryan continues to be a positive impact on his co-workers, friends, and community and is always looking for ways to offer his talents and support.

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