Ryan Hreljac is Ambassador of the Year


Susan Hreljac, second from right, accepts the Harry Pratt Ambassador Award on behalf of her son, Ryan Hreljac, founder of Ryan’s Well Foundation. Presenting the award are North Grenville Economic Development Officer Matt Gilmer, Harry Pratt’s widow, Sheila, second from left, and Melissa White, right, of the North Grenville Chamber of Commerce.

Story and Photos courtesy of
Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office

KEMPTVILLE – Ryan Hreljac, the inspiration behind the Ryan’s Well Foundation, is this year’s Harry Pratt Ambassador of the Year Award recipient.
  The award was accepted by his mother Susan on May 18th at the North Grenville Breakfast Banquet in Kemptville. The event was jointly hosted by the Municipality of North Grenville and the North Grenville Chamber of Commerce. 

Ryan Hreljac, now 26, started his quest in Grade 1.

“He is fiercely proud of being from North Grenville,” Susan said, noting her son continues to build wells and champion safe, accessible water projects around the world.
  Ryan was just six years old when he decided to take action over the devastating consequences for people without access to drinking water. He inspired others and raised funds to build his first well in Uganda, Africa. Twenty years later, the Foundation has successfully brought clean water and sanitation projects to nearly one million people in 16 developing countries.
  The Ambassador Award is presented to community leaders who are committed to using their own networks to help promote North Grenville. The recipient must demonstrate leadership, business acumen, success, integrity and commitment. Longtime realtor Harry Pratt was the first recipient of the award in 2014. It was later renamed in his honour following his death in 2015.

Cindy Manor, General Manager of the Upper and Lower Ottawa Valley for Metroland Media, was the keynote speaker. She urged people to bring empathy and kindness to the workplace.

Nominees this year included: Corey Lockwood of Lockwood Brothers Construction; John Barclay of Triune Productions; Dr. Shahrooz Yazdani of Yazdani Dentistry; Daren Givogue of O’Farrell Financial Services; Jim McManaman of Peak Growth Business Advisors; Samantha Rivet-Stevenson of RBC Royal Bank; Geraldine Taylor of Geraldine’s Gallery and the late Terry Butler, a North Grenville businessman and councillor. Learn more about the Ambassador program by visiting the North Grenville website.
  Find out more about Ryan’s Well and Ryan’s Story by visiting the Foundation website

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