In most cases, being a RYLA Facilitator can be considered the ultimate test of commitment, because when you apply as a RYLA Facilitator, you are asked to be available for four years! This allows the team to operate with different mentors and to transfer knowledge to ensure that the program is delivered with consistency and yet allows for innovative ideas to be shared through collaboration between experienced and new facilitators.
Russell Ng is one of our committed facilitators as he is volunteering for his fourth and final RYLA year, and we are absolutely delighted that he is the 2IC of the RYLA 2017 team.
Get to know Russell…
- Would you rather read a good book or watch a good TV show? Good book
- What would you give up, chocolate or music? Chocolate
- What is your greatest fear? And would you embrace that fear for 12 hours for $1000? Heights, and no
- If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Antarctica
- What did you want to be when you were young? A zookeeper
- What motivates you to get up in the morning? Getting on with the day ahead!
- What is the first thing you notice in someone? Their smile
- What do you find funny that others might not? Puns
- What is your pet peeve? People chewing with mouth open
- What was the worst thing you ever did as a kid? Nothing i was (and still am!) a good boy
- What is the one thing you can’t live without? Fried chicken
Why did you become a RYLA facilitator? To share and learn skills and experiences with the team and then give it back to RYLA participants in a purposeful package!
What did you expect when you got into the RYLA program (as a participant)? No expectations, i went in with a blank canvas and came out with so much more!
What’s your favorite RYLA moment (as participant)? The bushdance
A little bit more about Russell and what qualifies him to be on the RYLA team for now the 4th and final year!
Russell enjoys spending time with friends over food and drink and having a laugh and the odd grown up conversation to mix things up. One third of his life at the moment is spent working with ResMed in selling sleep apnea treatment solutions. Russell has worked with the company for 3 years now and is moving into a training position to train staff members on service delivery. He enjoys working closely with people to develop their skills in the company in particular product knowledge and customer service skills. Russell has been a part of the Rotaract Club of Macquarie University for over 4 years now and is currently active in the NSW State Emergency Service. He brings to RYLA his leadership experiences in both a corporate and community context. No situation ever asks for one single textbook approach so Russell believes the more experiences you have, the more you can learn and draw from when dealing with your current situation and challenges that may arise.