OAKVILLE, Ont. - The Sheridan Athletics and Recreation Department announced today that Ryan Kelly, Marketing and Information Coordinator, will be moving on from his role later this month, having accepted a position with Sheridan's Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT), located at Pinewood Studios in Toronto. The move is an internal switch for Kelly, who has been an employee of the athletic department for over a decade.
"To say Ryan has been crucial to the re-vitalization of the Double Blue brand is an incredible understatement. He has been lock-step with me on every aspect, pushing our philosophy and brand with passion and creativity," Athletic Director Jim Flack said. "With all due respect to our colleagues across the country, nobody does more with less than Ryan. Our web profile and social media presence produces excitement, sensitivity, social conscience, generosity, humour, and branding all at once. That's no easy feat, and Ryan has pulled it off."
The recipient of numerous marketing awards, Kelly will be moving on to a similar role with SIRT, and he looks forward to the challenge.
"It's a big change for me and it's never easy to move on from something you love, but I'm excited to be joining the SIRT team," Kelly said. "I've been extremely fortunate to have had many so wonderful experiences and forged so many life-long bonds and friendships in this department. I'm proud of the work I've done, and grateful for the opportunity to have contributed to the rich history of the Bruins, the OCAA, and the CCAA for so many years."
In addition to moving on from his role within Sheridan Athletics, Kelly will close out his run as Vice President - Marketing for the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association, where he was a key factor in the evolution of the OCAA branding initiatives.
A graduate of Sheridan's Journalism program, he came to Athletics as an accomplished writer, but through hard work and creativity, he became an expert in communications and public relations.
"Ryan's is a story of someone who never rested on his laurels, and expanded his skill set in order to stay ahead of the curve," Flack said. "It's a lesson for our graduates - you have to be nimble in order to expand your employability and sustain a successful career. He is the walking embodiment of that ethos.
"I'd say he'll be missed, and he will be, but he's just up the road if we need him. And he will forever be a key factor in Bruin history. That is undeniable, and we can't thank him enough for what he's done."