The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos presents Ryan Hreljac with Canada’s Volunteer Award for Emerging Leader on June 10, 2016, at a ceremony in Ottawa.


Ryan has received many awards for his work in helping to bring clean water and improved sanitation to those without and to empowering others to become active, global citizens. These achievements include:

In addition, Ryan is also recognized with several distinctions:

  • UNICEF, Global Youth Leader
  • Global Citizen, United Nations Association of Canada
  • Patron, Jane Goodall Institute Roots & Shoots Program
  • Official Ambassador, Global Kidz Program
  • Honourary Member, Engineering Institute of Canada
  • Honourary Diploma, St. Lawrence College
  • In 2000, Otwal Sub-county in Uganda named July 27 as “Ryan’s Day” in honour of his first well.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) lists Ryan’s Well Foundation as a model for its Healthy Environments for Children Alliance (HECA) Project