Ladder 2 Rise

About us

LIFT. INSPIRE. FUEL. EMPOWER.

“In my dreams, every youth wakes up excited to conquer a world of possibility irrespective of their beautifully interwoven identities. Ladder 2 Rise is about community, it is about each of us and the roles and responsibility we each have to create an inclusive, equitable and kind world so that our youth realize it is no longer a dream but their much deserved reality”.

 

Ruth Nyaamine

Founder/CEO Ladder 2 Rise

Predicated by her own personal narrative as a young immigrant girl from Ghana West Africa, Ruth longed for community, mentorship and an opportunity to truly ignite her curiosity. Her work and efforts are centered on her return to a little girl, who had a world of potential, yet struggled to find her footing in an unfamiliar and complex world. With combined education by way of a specialized honours degree in Sociology and Psychology, her role as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for a key Telecommunications and Digital health international organization, alongside an extensive career spanning over 20+ years as a National Operations, Customer Experience and enablement leader across varied industries to include Technology, Health, and Government – Ruth has the foundational understanding of corporate and systemic structures and how these structures have incredible capacity to transform lives with intentional efforts and proactive investment in youth. Balanced with her deep understanding of intersectionality and how that influences our life trajectory – Ruth center’s the African proverb “it takes a village” as the foundational tenets of the Ladder 2 Rise program. In Ruth’s view, when we work together to Lift, Inspire, Fuel and Empower our youth, we collectively RISE, leading to incredible community, business and life impacting human outcomes.

On a personal note, Ruth is known in the community as “ Aunty Ruth”. A term she glows about, as she is committed to playing her part for all youth she is blessed to cross paths with. Ruth is a wife and a mother to three amazing boys Brandon aged 19, Jaiden aged 16 and Kailen aged 8. Through community engagement and volunteerism with the Child welfare sector over the past 15 years, Ruth takes immense pride in the role youth have played to re-enforce her mission and efforts with the Ladder 2 Rise program.

“In my dreams, every youth wakes up excited to conquer a world of possibility irrespective of their beautifully interwoven identities. Ladder 2 Rise is about community, it is about each of us and the roles and responsibility we each have to create an inclusive, equitable and kind world so that our youth realize it is no longer a dream but their much deserved reality”.

Ruth Nyaamine

Founder of Ladder 2 Rise

Predicated by her own personal narrative as a young immigrant girl from Ghana West Africa, Ruth longed for community, mentorship and an opportunity to truly ignite her curiosity. Her work and efforts are centered on her return to a little girl, who had a world of potential, yet struggled to find her footing in an unfamiliar and complex world. With combined education by way of a specialized honours degree in Sociology and Psychology, her role as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for a key Telecommunications and Digital health international organization, alongside an extensive career spanning over 20+ years as a National Operations, Customer Experience and enablement leader across varied industries to include Technology, Health, and Government – Ruth has the foundational understanding of corporate and systemic structures and how these structures have incredible capacity to transform lives with intentional efforts and proactive investment in youth. Balanced with her deep understanding of intersectionality and how that influences our life trajectory, Ruth centers the African proverb “it takes a village” as the foundational tenets of the Ladder 2 Rise program.

On a personal note, Ruth is known in the community as “Aunty Ruth”, a term she glows about as she is committed to playing her part for all youth she is blessed to cross paths with. Ruth is a wife and a mother to three amazing boys – Brandon (aged 19), Jaiden (aged 16), and Kailen (aged 8). Through community engagement and volunteerism with the child welfare sector over the past 15 years, Ruth takes immense pride in the role youth have played to re-enforce her mission and efforts with the Ladder 2 Rise program.

About Ladder 2 Rise

Ladder 2 Rise is a bridge and connector. By joining hands with community and corporate partners, guardians and all support personnel in a youth’s support system, we Lift, Inspire, Fuel and Empower our youth to soar towards their greatest potential.  Our program centers the importance and power of individual human capacity, and hones in on the incredible outcomes we can realize from our youth who may come with beautifully interwoven narratives and intersectional identities. With a pivotal focus to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Ladder 2 Rise amplifies the strengths and voices of youth who leverage their incredible strengths, rich histories, diversity of thought and resiliency to bolster the communities we live, work and serve, making us collectively better than we were yesterday. At Ladder 2 Rise we believe that our youth are the gateway to a truly diverse, equitable and inclusive world where we are each Acknowledged, Celebrated and Empowered in all we do and who we are.

Ruth Nyaamine

Our story

A promise I made that must be fulfilled

Meet the team

Ruth Nyaamine

Ruth Nyaamine

CEO/Founder

Ruth is a lifelong advocate for the underdog. Predicated by her own personal narrative as a young immigrant girl from Ghana West Africa, Ruth longed for community, mentorship and an opportunity to truly ignite her curiosity. Her work and efforts are centered on her return to a little girl, who had a world of potential, yet struggled to find her footing in an unfamiliar and complex world. With combined education by way of a specialized honours degree in Sociology and Psychology, her role as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for a key Telecommunications and Digital health international organization, alongside an extensive career spanning over 20+ years as a National Operations, Customer Experience and enablement leader across varied industries to include Technology, Health, and Government – Ruth has the foundational understanding of corporate and systemic structures and how these structures have incredible capacity to transform lives with intentional efforts and proactive investment in youth. Balanced with her deep understanding of intersectionality and how that influences our life trajectory – Ruth center’s the African proverb “it takes a village” as the foundational tenets of the Ladder 2 Rise program. In Ruth’s view, when we work together to Lift, Inspire, Fuel and Empower our youth, we collectively RISE, leading to incredible community, business and life impacting human outcomes.

On a personal note, Ruth is known in the community as “ Aunty Ruth”. A term she glows about, as she is committed to playing her part for all youth she is blessed to cross paths with. Ruth is a wife and a mother to three amazing boys Brandon aged 19, Jaiden aged 16 and Kailen aged 8. Through community engagement and volunteerism with the Child welfare sector over the past 15 years, Ruth takes immense pride in the role youth have played to re-enforce her mission and efforts with the Ladder 2 Rise program.

Pam Lopes

Senior Program Manager

Pam Lopes is a Senior Program Manager supporting the Drug Benefit Business Operations team within TELUS Health’s Health Benefits Management division. Combining her knowledge of the group benefits industry, attention to detailed processes and client relationship skills, she has been involved in numerous initiatives since joining TELUS Health in 2008.

Participating as a volunteer in the Take a Youth to Work Day event at TELUS, led by Ruth Nyaamine, inspired Pam to continue working with her on providing youth with a view of what is possible, through the annual event and beyond. Pam’s personal experience, first as a youth with a limited support system and then as a mom of two young adults, has taught her the importance of giving our youth with opportunities and the tools required to succeed.

Omer Shaaeldin

Product Management

After discovering Product Management and his passion for it well into his career, Omer was drawn to Ladder 2 Rise’s Take a Youth program to evangelize the career and pathways into it. With a keen interest in Ambient Computing and Virtual Assistants, Omer

Currently pursuing his MBA at Northwestern Kellogg, Omer continues to drive platform and digital improvements to support the Ladder 2 Rise program and mission.

In his spare time, he can be found at a soccer field or making up for lost time in his newfound hobby of traveling!

On a personal note, Ruth is known in the community as “ Aunty Ruth”. A term she glows about, as she is committed to playing her part for all youth she is blessed to cross paths with. Ruth is a wife and a mother to three amazing boys Brandon aged 19, Jaiden aged 16 and Kailen aged 8. Through community engagement and volunteerism with the Child welfare sector over the past 15 years, Ruth takes immense pride in the role youth have played to re-enforce her mission and efforts with the Ladder 2 Rise program.

OMER SHAAELDIN

Director, Digital

After discovering Product Management and his passion for it well into his career, Omer was drawn to Ladder 2 Rise’s Take a Youth program to evangelize the career and pathways into it. With a keen interest in Ambient Computing and Virtual Assistants, Omer

Currently pursuing his MBA at Northwestern Kellogg, Omer continues to drive platform and digital improvements to support the Ladder 2 Rise program and mission.

In his spare time, he can be found at a soccer field or making up for lost time in his newfound hobby of traveling!

Pam Lopes

Director, Operations
A sense of community and belonging is important to Pam, so when she experienced her first volunteer opportunity with the Ladder 2 Rise Youth program, she knew she needed to continue and be even more involved.  She brings her focus on detail and logistics to the program, as well as the client relationship and project management skills she’s honed throughout her professional career.
 
Pam is happily married to a supportive husband and is a mom to two adult children.  When she is not with her family discovering new places, she can be found reading and listening to music.

Ruth Nyaamine

CEO/Founder

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