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Benoit, Ryan (24)

Benoit, Ryan (24)

My name is Ryan Benoit. I am 24 years old. I was born with cerebral palsy, but it hasn’t stopped me from achieving what I want to do in life. I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to attend Laurentian University and graduate from the sports administration program in 2015. After Laurentian, I decided to further my education at Cambrian College in the Human Resources Post-Diploma program. After my third year of university, I decided to create my own clothing line called the Positive Inception. The brand is all about making people more positive and to try and make the world a better place.

Q: What’s the number one thing you are working toward that you haven’t yet accomplished?
A: To ultimately become better and better every day. I want to see myself and the brand grow to its fullest potential. Along the journey, I just want to see my family and friends succeed and be happy as well.

Q: What is the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome?
A: Living with a disability is not always the easiest, but I just have to work with what has been given to me. I would not want it any other way. There are definitely a lot of daily challenges, but I think it just makes me stronger. For me, having a disability is more of an ability and it has made me the person I am today. Without it, I would never have met the people that I have met or lived the experiences that I have lived.

Q: What are 3 things you can’t live without?
A: Family, friends, and food

Q: What would be the theme song of your life?
A: “Best Day Ever” by Mac Miller

Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
A: I never really thought that the brand would get this big. The positive impact that it has on people has been absolutely incredible. Having the store now has been a big dream come true, and meeting everyone and having them sharing their story; that is my favourite part. It’s been amazing. Words can’t really describe it. It’s pretty humbling when your message is bigger than you. Connecting with people is definitely the best part.