Class I (2003-2004)

5. Ryan Hendy

Sponsor Club: Canada, District 6400

Ryan Hendy is currently on leave from the Federal Government of Canada to pursue the Rotary Peace Scholarship.  He shall return shortly to his posting as a Liaison Officer with Canada’s federal anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing agency called The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC).  As a Canadian Army Reservist of twelve years, Ryan was deployed to Bosnia Herzegovina as a NATO peacekeeper in 1998, where his duties included the enforcement of the Dayton Accord.  Other past activities include volunteer work as a Legislative Assistant for a Member of Parliament at the Canadian House of Commons between 1994 and 1997 as well as volunteer work as Assistant to the Chief of Protocol for the Organisation of American states in 2000. As a requirement of the Rotary World Peace Scholarship, Ryan recently completed a 5-week internship in Sierra Leone with the United Nations Assistance Mission to Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) where he supported the missions’ Office of Public Information. 

Originally from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Ryan graduated from the University of Ottawa, Canada with a Baccalaureate of Social Sciences, Concentration Criminology in 1997. As a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to the United Kingdom, Ryan also received a Masters Degree of Strategic Studies from the Scottish Centre for International Security at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.  Ryan’s future aspirations include work within Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, United Nations Field Missions and ultimately, within the decision making ranks of the United Nation’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations.