Duke Delegate Amy  - New Brunswick

Q: What level of the Award are you currently working on?
A: I am currently working on my Gold award and have already achieved my bronze and silver. 

Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
A: For my Bronze award I used Reading as my skill, Horseback riding and Rugby as my physical activity and volunteered through my 4H club. For my silver I designed and laid out my high school yearbook as my skill, I continued with horseback riding and rugby as my physical and volunteered at the local SPCA. For my gold I lead a 4H project of scrapbooking/photography as my skill, I continued on with horseback riding as my physical, and volunteered with the Fredericton Therapeutic Riding Association in the spring and fall when they run their programs and the rest of the year I donate my time to 4H at the club, provincial and national levels. Also I am planning on doing my adventurous journey this spring!

Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: My worst moment would have to be the constant struggle of planning my gold trip and having it fall through, get cancelled, or a date change last minute that makes me push it to another time of the year. This spring will be my third attempt at my God journey and I am in the planning stages currently so nothing will deter me this time. 

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: As a current award officer here in New Brunswick I get the neat opportunity of travelling around the province promoting the award to our youth. As duke delegate I hope to continue this journey promoting and getting participants to register and well as helping them share their own success stories and in turn having them promote it to their peers.

Q: What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind? What does Leadership mean to you?
A: I think a great leader has to have the ability to adapt. You can have great ideas, present yourself in a way that people admire, or speak well, but if you can’t adapt to the particular group or audience you hope to lead, you’ll run into problems. You have to be willing to change your own views and stay open minded because a good leader takes all thoughts, opinions, and beliefs into account before they take the next step. Leadership to me is something you have to earn. You have to be willing to put yourself out their and start guiding the conversation, and helping others challenge themselves and become better people. As Duke Delegate I’m exacted to be able to help these young people become leaders themselves through this award program. 

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: An interesting fact about myself is that I’m not only very involved with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award but am also highly involved with 4H Canada (which is a youth led organization, ages 6-21, that was developed to build leadership skills in rural communities). I currently serve as president of my club, as a member of the district, provincial, and national boards, as well as completing my first of a two year term as the Youth Advisory Committee member for the province of New Brunswick at the national level.