We are Ryan & Chanele – this is our story that we would like to share with you and hope it gives you a better understanding of who we are as individuals, together, and as a future family.
We support your strength and courage in this decision and want you to know that we wholeheartedly support Open Adoption and are so excited about where this journey will take all of us together as a new family. Adoption has such a special place in our hearts & family, showing us the power of unconditional love and reminding us how miraculous life can be.
We are ready to be the best parents possible and promise to raise your child in a secure home filled with love, laughter, and respect.
We encourage you to call us with any questions and to get to know us better – please call or text anytime: 647-967-2957 (Chanele’s cell)
We met by chance in the summer of 2008 and knew we could take on the world together. Faced with many hardships early in our relationship, we learned the importance of partnership & good communication to maintain a healthy relationship and conquer obstacles together.
We love exploring and share a passion for food, travel, and adventure. Weekends are often spent at our family cottage and we were even married on the dock! We are mindful of the many distractions in the world today and feel one of the most valuable things you can give a child is time – which is one of our greatest priorities.
Chanele runs her own Interior Decorating business and Ryan works as an Investment Advisor, providing both of us with very flexible schedules. We often share lunch together as Ryan walks to work and Chanele works from home. Chanele plans to take extended time off in the early years to focus on the family.
Chanele is a creative and deep thinker with a zest for life – forever up for a challenge or a problem to solve. She is a loyal caregiver, offering a shoulder to lean on, and always ensures everyone is looked after.
Chanele grew up in Hamilton. Early life was full of obstacles that helped shape her work ethic and determination to accomplish her goals. Chanele worked hard to be the first in her family to graduate university and make a better life for herself. Chanele has focused on simplifying her life and prioritizing what is most important: more time at home with family & friends, a better work/life balance, and doing more of what makes her happy.
In her spare time, Chanele tackles a wide-range of projects from drywall repair to carpentry and sewing to testing new recipes in the kitchen. Chanele also loves music and will take any opportunity to dance – everywhere and anywhere!
Chanele can’t wait to inspire her children to think outside-the-box, never take no for an answer, and pursue their dreams.
Ryan would do anything for those around him and is happiest when surrounded by his tight-knit group of family and friends. Ryan’s well-rounded and adventurous nature was greatly shaped by his ten summers at Kilcoo Camp as a camper and counselor.
Ryan grew up in Toronto and is the oldest of three boys, which fueled his love for hockey, golf, tennis, biking, running, and snowmobiling. He looks forward to inspiring his family to explore their favourite activities and spend time outdoors.
Ryan devotes most of his free time to supporting his favourite teams: Leafs, Blue Jays, Raptors, and the Buffalo Bills. The rest of his free time is spent testing new recipes on the BBQ, exploring the city, or relaxing at the cottage.
Ryan has always been a role model to his two younger brothers and members of the community – and is so excited to be a dad!
We live in a quiet neighbourhood in mid-town Toronto and have been working hard to create a warm and happy place for our future family. The backyard is our favourite place for relaxing, hosting family cookouts, games, and growing vegetables in the summer. Nearby parks and bike trails keep us busy on evenings and weekends.
Our neighbourhood offers a variety of community activities, libraries, and well-respected schools, all within walking distance. We’re grateful to live on a street full of young families – often gathering for holidays, sports games, and many annual traditions.
We are lucky to have an amazing support system of friends and family surrounding us – many in the same neighbourhood! Both of us have close relationships with our families and were instilled with good values, morals, and always taught to treat everyone with respect.
Ryan grew up in a large tight-knit family and his childhood consisted of a lot of hockey games, family trips, and yearly traditions! As an only child to a single mom, Chanele’s mother worked very hard to provide her with a happy childhood and was later blessed with a wonderful stepdad who helped provide amazing opportunities and memories growing up. She is now very happy to be part of a big family with siblings.
2016 began the next generation in the family – our first niece and nephews – who have brought so much joy.
Through both family and close friends, we have witnessed firsthand the power of adoption and the special bonds created. Ryan’s two cousins are sisters, adopted into our family from birth. They are like younger sisters to us and have helped guide our own journey with adoption – often fielding questions and giving insight to their lives growing up.
Our family has been a major support network and inspiration for us in building our own forever family. We both truly believe everything happens for a reason and we will be matched when the time is right.
We are very thankful for the opportunity to travel the world and explore diverse cultures, food, and landscapes – something we treasure and will share with our family.
Everyday is an adventure together. We each take time to focus on our favourite hobbies and share a passion for new experiences. Sharing meals with family and friends is one of our favourite pastimes. We look forward to encouraging our children to try new things and explore their own passions.
We promise to love your child unconditionally.
We promise to be the best parents we can possibly be and to provide an understanding environment to foster independent thought, growth, and diversity.
We promise to provide your child with everything they need; while instilling the values of hard work, respect, and determination.
We believe in authentic beginnings: early and honest conversations about adoption as part of our everyday communication for a healthy self-identity. We plan to create a life storybook from the day your child is born, so they will always know their story.
We strongly support Open Adoption – and the importance of maintaining a connection and on-going contact with you, in whichever way feels most comfortable.
Thank you for considering us. We would love to share more photos and information offline. Again, we encourage you to call us with any questions and to get to know us better – please call or text anytime: 647-967-2957 (Chanele’s cell)