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Ryan Veltmeyer is Executive Director of the  Youth Art Connection, a registered charity building communities of young creatives through workshops, community hubs, festivals, public forums and leadership development. Ryan uses collaborative, cross-sectoral approaches to build communities through youth and arts engagement. He believes in the power of creativity and innovation to activate human potential, and create economic and social prosperity in communities. Senior Program Facilitator and Associate at Heartwood Centre for Community Youth Development, working with youth to develop their skills and confidence as community leaders. Ryan also trains and coaches adults to meaningfully engage youth.

“I believe making our communities and province a better place for young creatives to grow businesses and projects will help revitalize, grow and in some cases save our communities and local economy.”