Duke Delegate Jade - Saskatchewan
Q: What level of the Award are you currently working on?
A: I am
working on my gold award.
Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
Friday nights are spent with crayons, lego, and games of dress up. I
volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring children in an after school
program. I also work with my student council, interval home, and
local SPCA. For physical activity, I do workouts and swim. In terms
of adventurous journeys, I have been kayaking in Jasper, exploring Quebec, and
SCUBA diving the eastern Caribbean. My skill has consistently been music,
through which I have learned multiple instruments and participated in community
bands and combos.
Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: I remember
the six-mile hike up the Sulfière in St. Vincent. I remember the beauty and warmth of the
tropical scenery. Most importantly, however, I remember the water in my
sneakers. Before the hike, I put on my shoes and immediately slipped off of our
vessel into the water. My shoes were soaked, and with the impending hike, I was
less than thrilled. So, as I passed through the beautiful scenery of
waterfalls, palm trees, and the impossibly steep incline ahead of me, all I
could feel were squishy shoes and burning thighs. I loved the view at the
top, but coming down is where my lack of reflexes and physical ability betrayed
me. I fell more times than I could count. It didn't help that the trail was
destroyed at points and it was extremely foggy, but I can only blame so much of
the mud and blood on that. It was an amazing experience, but it was undoubtedly
a challenge. Nevertheless,
I was the biggest proponent of going on another hike
the next morning!
Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: In my second
term as a delegate, I hope to connect with people in my community and inform
others about the program while still reaching out personally and on social
media to inspire participants. I also hope to focus on providing some
content for the YouTube channel.
Q: What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind? What
does Leadership mean to you?
A: Leadership is often viewed as
taking charge or being in command of a group of people; however, in reality,
leadership is much more than that. From leading by example to being an
advocate, leadership is providing direct or indirect guidance, focus, and
support within a group. For me, the most important qualities a leader can have
are flexibility, communication, focus, and understanding.
Q: What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
A: This past year has
taught me a lot about the program and marketing as a whole. It has given me an
opportunity to promote an amazing award that has changed my life. I hope to
expand my impact and try to be useful in new ways this year by reaching out
locally. It is incredibly exciting to be able to connect the award to people in
my community because I know what it's like to have to introduce the award to
every single assessor, and I hope that future participants will have a
smoother path, possibly even in groups!