Jaryn Ruether

Tell me about yourself/ your background / your history.

I was born and raised in Grande Prairie, Alberta, where I grew up with my parents Clarence and Debohra and my two older brothers Scott and Craig. I experienced a lot of success with volleyball at a young age and had numerous opportunities to play at a high level of volleyball with Team Alberta over the years. I graduated from St. Joseph Catholic High School in 2007. I attended Grande Prairie Regional College for two years enrolled in general studies and was playing for the women’s volleyball team. It wasn’t until my second year of post secondary education that I decided to pursue nursing. So the following year I transferred to Brandon University, when I was recruited to play volleyball for the Bobcats. I am now currently in my third year of nursing.
Volleyball has been a huge part of my life and has taught me many important life lessons that I am able to carry over into my field of study.  I am loving the nursing program at Brandon University. I was always very interested in the human body and I enjoy doing “hands on” skills. Nursing has been the perfect combination!

What is your philosophy in life?

For my life philosophy, well that is a very difficult question to answer as I feel I am at a stage in my life that I am constantly growing and changing, and as I change so does my life philosophy. However, I would say one of my biggest philosophies is to force myself out of my comfort zone. I feel it is the most efficient way to grow and develop as a professional, athlete, and person. It never gets any easier, but the experiences and learning you acquire from doing so are always amazing! I have learnt it is crucial to go day by day. As hectic and busy as my schedule can get, I have to remember to focus on the present, and not to worry about the things that are out of my control… much easier said than done sometimes. This is one of those lessons I have learnt from volleyball that has transferred into my everyday life. Also, to never take my family for granted. They are the most amazing support network I could ever ask for!

What accomplishments are your proud of?

I was part of BAFA (Bobcat Athletes for Action) in 2009. We were a group of athletes from the University that would do a variety of volunteering around the community. We also fundraised for the TAP project, to help provide clean drinking water around the world. I am part of the mentor-mentee program within the nursing program, offering help and guidance to a second-year nursing student. Occasionally I volunteer with the ‘Cats volleyball program, helping coaches out with practices or with the odd weekend clinic. I am also the captain of our women’s volleyball team at Brandon University. I competed with Team Alberta in the Canada Summer Games in 2009 and was the captain of that team.

Where do you see yourself in the future?

I will be finished my fifth and final year of eligibility of volleyball in the next few weeks. I will return to Brandon to complete my last year of the nursing program in the fall and will help out with the volleyball team as much as I can. After graduation I hope to find a job and to start working, and eventually go travel!

Nominator’s Comments

Over the last few years, Jaryn Ruether has demonstrated an exceptional ability to balance demanding professional program requirements while representing Brandon University on the Bobcats volleyball court. Jaryn is a third-year nursing student who has maintained an above-average GPA in the Bachelor of Nursing program. Jaryn is a respectful, mature and eager student who demonstrates a high level of professionalism at all times. Jaryn has played with the Brandon University Bobcats volleyball team for three years. This year, she has demonstrated excellent leadership as the captain of the team. Her stellar performance earned her the Pantages on Park Female Athlete of the Month for December. Jaryn is an exemplary role model for all students as she shows superior dedication to both education and athletics.  Her ability to successfully manage the challenges of athletics and education make her an “outstanding woman” who is worthy of celebration!