Duke Delegate Justin – Ontario

Q: What level of the Award are you currently working on?
A: I'm currently working on my Gold level Award.

Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
A: For my silver level of my award, I learned french as my skill, did a dog-sledding trip as my expedition, continued to use my MMA as my physical skill
category and have been doing a mix of personal visits and handiwork at a long-term care residence. 

Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: I believe one of my fondest moments was during a portaging trip in my bronze level. While stepping into the stern of my canoe, I decided to attempt to show off (the canoe entry technique known as "The swan" ). Of course, this went poorly. I managed to send my mate, paddles and emergency kit downstream. In a well meaning, but hurried rescue attempt, the canoe next to us pushed off, and ended up tipping as well. That morning was far from my finest, but the four of us agree that now, it was one of the funnest of the trip.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: During my term as Duke Delegate, I'm hoping to bring a lot of new people into the award, promoting it among different social groups that may not normally hear of the program, or think it's for them. As well, I'm hoping to help with Duke events across Ontario, and perhaps other provinces as well.

Q: What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind? What does Leadership mean to you?
A: A great leader is someone who is adaptable. To survive, and help those you lead flourish in any situations is the mark of a great leader. To me, leadership is playing to everyone's strengths, and covering each-others weaknesses. It's seeing an issue, and making your team the solution. Most importantly, it having a helpful hand for those who want it.

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: An interesting fact about Justin Franklin? I'm a paintball Pro*