Me too

Posted on: October 25th, 2017 by Ruth-Ann Shantz

“You are only free when you realize you belong no place – you belong every place – no place at all.  The price is high.  The reward is great.”         Maya Angelou   Have you seen the posts on Facebook?  I’m referring to the “Me too” campaign.  Have you written “Me too” on […]

What You Do Matters

Posted on: June 16th, 2017 by Ruth-Ann Shantz

Can you name a few people whose leadership inspires and empowers you? Would your list of people include world leaders, activists, family members or friends? What words might you use to describe those role models? This spring I had the opportunity to be a preliminary round judge at the Take the Lead public speaking contest […]

Courageous Leadership

Posted on: March 21st, 2017 by Ruth-Ann Shantz

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be excluded from society?  Why do we use terms like normal or different when everyone is different?  I am honored that Leif Shantz has agreed that I can reprint a story he wrote for the Prism Project. Leif is in Grade 12 and he shares what […]

We’re Glad You’re Our Neighbour

Posted on: February 3rd, 2017 by Ruth-Ann Shantz

In July, 1924 my grandparents were among 875 Russian Mennonite immigrants of German descent who arrived in Waterloo, Ontario with their worldly possessions to the land of hope, freedom and opportunity. It was a 13,000-km journey from Russia to Canada which took four weeks.   The kindness that was shown to them by the people of […]

Paying Attention

Posted on: January 3rd, 2017 by Ruth-Ann Shantz

Project 333 – Have you heard about it? The Project 333 website has been circulating around Facebook for the last while and at first glance I was intrigued but set it aside as “not interested”, “too hard” and just not something that I would do. Over the holidays, I heard a family member had recently […]

Finding Our Way Home

Posted on: December 9th, 2016 by Ruth-Ann Shantz

Home! What does the word home mean to you?  What images and thoughts pop into your head?  Home might conjure up warm feelings of love, belonging and safety or perhaps…home brings back memories of pain, loss and the wish that it all could somehow be better or different. December is a month filled with expectation […]

Yours to Discover!

Posted on: September 28th, 2016 by Ruth-Ann Shantz

“So this is it!” Have you said these words in the last few  weeks since you started university or college and wondered if you signed up for the right thing… Am I in the right place? the right program, the right courses, the right living place? I waited a long time to complete my university […]

Living from the Inside Out

Posted on: July 11th, 2016 by Ruth-Ann Shantz

What does it cost for you to live out your personal values? Is there a monetary cost, a time cost – or maybe both? I grew up in Kitchener-Waterloo in a household of faith. When it was time for me to go to high school Rockway Mennonite Collegiate in Kitchener was the natural choice. For […]

It’s All About Relationships

Posted on: June 11th, 2016 by Ruth-Ann Shantz

A couple of weeks ago I graduated from Bluffton University with my MBA. On Wednesday I finished my final class so I guess that means…I’m done! It has been an honor and a privilege to be a part of the graduating class of 2016. I never thought I would go back to university after my […]

A Wholehearted Family

Posted on: March 30th, 2016 by Ruth-Ann Shantz

This past weekend I had the opportunity to spend time with my extended family. We ate together, laughed together and played together.  I realized in that moment that I am in a unique place right now where both my parents are still with me and therefore, I am both a parent and a child.  As […]