A former Kwantlen Polytechnic University student and international star, Ryan Reynolds is a national treasure. Born and raised in Vancouver, B.C., he has made headlines over the past year for his philanthropic efforts, witty humour, and kind acts that have led to people signing a petition for a street to be named after the Deadpool star in his hometown. I am here for it.
Reynolds is an upstanding Canadian, who has given back to society in more ways than one — it is impossible to dislike him. He is hilarious, kind, generous, and a great Canadian. He is completely deserving of a street named after him or any other avenue of recognition for his contributions to society.
In these difficult times, Reynolds and his wife, Gossip Girl star Blake Lively, have made it a point to give back to those that are in dire need. In March, the couple announced they had donated $1 million to two food drive organizations, Food Banks Canada and Feeding America.
In a social media post made later in the year, they urged others to follow their lead during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in North America. Recently, Reynolds and Lively made another large donation to the sum of $500,000 to Covenant House Toronto and Vancouver for at-risk youth.
“Very kind but hard-pass. If traffic sucks everyone will say ‘Ryan Reynolds is a mess or Ryan Reynolds is really backed up. My brothers would enjoy this too much,’” said Reynolds in response to the petition for a street to be named after him on Twitter. His comedic personality that is showcased through his Twitter posts only further endears him to others and makes him only a more loveable person.
However, Reynolds doesn’t only use his Twitter account to display his humorous personality, but uses his social media presence for social awareness and connecting with the public. A prime example of this is when B.C. Premier John Horgan reached out to the Canadian actor to aid in raising awareness of the pandemic regarding social distancing, to which Reynolds obliged.
The Hollywood star took to Twitter to get the message out. Although he does not live in Canada today, he continues to have an impact on his home country, and I would say he succeeds in helping some of those who most need it.
Reynolds is a great human being — a humanitarian, environmentalist, and activist. He is involved in numerous charities including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, and many more in addition to the charities to which he has graciously donated to.
He deserves all the recognition that he gets, and if individuals want to name a street, dog, children or whatever else after him, I’m all for it.