Welcoming Success: Allenby Alum and ex-CFL Player Joins Us to Talk About Inclusion and Belonging

The DEI Committee is excited to bring Allenby alum and former CFL Player, Ryan Hinds, to the school to meet with the grade 3 and 4 classes on the morning of Monday, May 8th. Ryan’s talk will focus on our role in creating inclusive environments where all children feel like they belong.

Ryan will share some experiences as a newcomer to the country and the important ways the students at Allenby made him feel welcomed despite their differences. Using football as an analogy, Ryan will share the importance of being kind, embracing different people around you and leveraging those differences for success.

More About Ryan:

Ryan Hinds is a former professional athlete of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Ryan was born in Georgetown, Guyana but grew up in Toronto where he attended and graduated from Allenby Public School. Ryan received a full scholarship to the University of New Hampshire where he graduated as an academic All-American with a degree in Pre-Med Biology. He was drafted in the CFL 13th overall to the Hamilton TiCats where he played three years before moving to the Edmonton Elks. His career culminated in his sixth and final season when Ryan and the Elks won the 2015 Grey Cup. After retiring from the CFL, Ryan obtained his Masters and spent some time working in health care in strategy and health equity before becoming the inaugural Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.