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Now available for rent or purchase from Amazon. A life transforming journey of a pro hockey player who after having been imprisoned for dealing drugs and losing the things and people he loved most seeks a return to happiness and redemption via a humanitarian journey into South East Asia.
Ryan John Phillips was born in North Vancouver B.C on July 8th 1975. From the time he was 2, Ryan was on skates with a hockey stick in his hands. The dream of becoming an N.H.L superstar was imbedded into his mind from almost infancy. He played the game he loved and eventually left home at the age of 16 to pursue his dream in the Junior ranks of Canada. (The gateway to the N.H.L.) Unfortunately Ryan endured many serious injuries and off ice inner battles that hindered his growth and attitude. The game he once loved became more of a nightmare. He played parts of 5 years in the semi pro leagues in the United States, after a tumultuous junior career.
At 19 he was introduced to the beginning of the B.C marijuana boom, and that perked his interest because of the large sums of wealth that could be accumulated in a short time. Hockey fell to the wayside and Ryan took his networking skills and used them by forming a smuggling ring that generated millions of dollars a year. His luck ran out after losing many associates to murder and substance abuse, he landed himself in a Federal Detention Center for over 500 days. The charge was conspiracy to import 103 pounds of the banned plant. Ryan learned a lot while incarcerated, most importantly how important our freedom is.
It took a few more years of hard earned experience before Ryan left the underworld that takes no prisoners. He decided in his own mind that everything that he thought he wanted in life, primarily money started to take on a different meaning. He began to see the spiritual side of life on earth and made the decision that he wanted true happiness. It didn't take long before he realized that this is a constant inside job that we can control with our thoughts. In 2011 Ryan formed Return To Happiness with the intention to give back through his own adversity, hope and transformation. He became actively involved in activism to help children who have been sold into child sex slavery. He received a humanitarian waiver in 2012 and hasn't looked back on helping to serve others. He's an international speaker that speaks on many aspects of our present day reality.
On a recent TEDx talks he shares his views on how we can all as a collective unit help this epidemic have a down fall. Ryan believes the new brand of leadership that follows RTH, is built on truth, vulnerability and love. The goal of leaving each person with the impression of increase is always his goal. He is a published author and producer, and dreams of a world built on peace and global prosperity.
Ryan has a passion for exercise, particularly hockey, golf, weight training and surrounding himself with positive people with optimism that believes this world can be a better place.
Dave Scholten is no stranger to the word adversity!
Born in Hamilton Ontario on April 2nd, 1972 he lived on a 30 acre farm and learned priceless values like hard work and integrity that would serve him for the rest of his life. Dave moved to Vancouver, B.C with his family at the age of fifteen. Shortly after the move, he had a near death experience when his father tried to drown him in the creek that ran outside their home. Dave knew he was unsafe living under the roof of his mentally unstable father, and moved out. In 1995 Dave lost his father due to suicide, caused by mental health.
At the age of nineteen, Dave beat a world champion in wrestling, making him a three-time Canadian champion. He was living on his own, eating kraft dinner and McDonald's every day, because that was all he could afford. This made his title in wrestling very extraordinary.
Times were tough. Going to school during the day, wrestling in the evening and chicken catching at night to pay his rent, Dave didn't quit. He then saved up and started his own roofing business.
In 1995, months after the passing of his father, Daves sister was murdered by her ex-husband. A daughter, a sister and a mother of three children. Dave's outlet to deal with the emotional pain was his passion for wrestling.
After dealing with the loss of his father and sister, he took up MMA (Mixed martial arts) a new sport that emerged. It has now become the fastest growing sport in the world.
Despite adversity he aspires to set an example that you are not your past, and with the right attitude anyone can have a happy, positive and bright future.
Dave firmly believes that in today's society no child should ever go without food or shelter. He has recently become an advocate against human trafficking and child sex slavery. His gift to help others overcome obstacles is something he is very passionate about. He wants to inspire others with his story showing that we can all make it through anything with a positive mindset.
When Dave isn't engaged in helping others achieve goals, he loves to train martial arts, hike and travel the world. Return To Happiness resonates with him because he knows everyone has to deal with adversity at some point in their life.
Dave and Ryan celebrating Canada Day.
Dave with Ryan's grandparents.