A “Cascadeur” of Honor

Ryan Fellenz, supervisor-in-training, Cascades Tissue Group

Let me tell you the story of Ryan Fellenz, a determined Cascader whose background is anything but ordinary. Ryan Fellenz is a supervisor-in-training at Cascades Tissue Group’s plant in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He was hired last fall, after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in supply chain management from University of Wisconsin – Stout.

A retired sergeant with the Wisconsin Army National Guard, he was seriously wounded in 2007 by a roadside bomb in the South of Taji, Iraq, about 20 miles south of Baghdad. Direct consequences of the accident: part of his right leg was amputated (he now uses a prosthetic leg), and various stress fractures and burns to his other leg. After the blast, Ryan spent 2½ years in San Antonio in rehabilitation.

Having to go through such a life-changing event brought Ryan to adopt a resilient attitude; he was determined to graduate with his bachelor’s degree and provide for his family: his wife and two daughters. Three years later, he accomplished the mission! He graduated on December 14, 2013.

The road to this accomplishment wasn’t an easy one, and was filled with obstacles, including being a student dad and overcoming the daily pain of his wounds. He was motivated by a powerful goal, which was to be able to take care of and provide for his family.

With his positive attitude and courage, which allowed him to handle daily setbacks, as challenging as they were, Ryan is a true inspiration. Needless to say, we are lucky to have him as part of the Cascades family.

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About the Author
Mélanie St-Pierre

Mélanie St-Pierre is a sustainable development advisor for Cascades. As an intern in the Cascades Communications Department, she already loved how her workplace’s values matched hers. “As far as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to make a difference. In my opinion, communication is the perfect tool for changing attitudes and habits in a way that favours a greener tomorrow. I’m proud to work for Cascades, a true leader in this field!” Mélanie holds a bachelor’s degree in communication, writing and multimedia from the Université de Sherbrooke. In her free time, she is involved in all sorts of environmental and social projects. For her, sustainable development isn’t just a job; it’s a way of life.

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