Duke Delegate Rahul – Alberta

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

Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
A: I do TaeKwonDo for physical recreation, I learn guitar for skills, I volunteer at the Misericordia Community Hospital for service, I have completed a volunteering trip to Ecuador as my residential project, and I am planning on taking a camping trip to the Rockies in the summer for the Adventurous journey.

Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: Although I have not had a “worst” moment during the time that I have been doing the aforementioned activities for the Duke of Ed, I can think of one which makes me laugh. In September of this year, I was testing for my Blue belt in TaeKwonDo. It was my turn to perform a specific kick and break a board. I performed the kick, broke the board, but when I landed on my foot, something did not feel right; I could not put a lot of pressure on it. I looked down and saw my big toe on my left foot bent inwards! I looked up at my instructor and asked “It isn’t supposed to be bent like this is it?” After a short moment, everyone burst out laughing.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: As a Delegate, I hope to be able to involve more youth into this program so that they may have a better base on which they develop. Thereby, I hope to contribute to a stronger community in the future.

Q: What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind? What does Leadership mean to you?
A: The qualities of a good leader that come to mind are friendliness, being able to control a situation, being well informed, knowing when to be easygoing and when not to be, being calm and collected, and confidence. To me, being a leader means that I have the ability to make a difference for the better in the lives of those around me.

Q: What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
A:I am thrilled to become a Delegate because I believe that this is a truly amazing opportunity and that taking part in such a program is beneficial for all and for the community.

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: I work as a swimming instructor for the City of Edmonton.