Duke Delegate Cate - British Columbia

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

Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
Physical Recreation: yoga, gym
Skill: piano
Service: passing out books and magazines at the hospital

Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: For my Silver Adventurous Journey, I went with the Outdoor Pursuits class at my school to Glacier National Park. The first hike we did was 14km round-trip and had an elevation gain of almost 1000m. None of us had done hikes of that severity before, and it seemed as though we were climbing to the sun. When we finally reached the top, we were exhausted and starving, though the view were spectacular. A couple of my friends and I had agreed to share the responsibility of food: one of us was in charge of breakfasts and snacks, one in charge of lunches, and the third in charge of dinners. We sat down at the top of the mountain and the friend who was in charge of lunch handed me a single tortilla, folded in half with peanut butter on it. That was our lunch. We had to get back down the mountain on maybe a hundred calories. We haven’t let her forget it, or be in
charge of food ever again.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: I hope to make the Award process less confusing for new participants - I had a lot of questions when I was working on my Bronze. I would also like to encourage more people to participate in the Award, not just as a resumé booster, but because it is something that they want to do.

Q: What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind? What does Leadership mean to you?
A: A leader knows when to speak, but when to stay silent. A leader knows when to act, but when to stand aside. A leader is someone who will take initiative and who will get things done. They will not stand aside and wait for others to tell them what to do. A leader is confident in their beliefs and in their actions, and will follow through on their promises and on their ideas.

Q: What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
A: I was at LEAD 2016, and met so many incredible people working on the Award. I’m excited to meet more amazing people and make connections within BC and across Canada.

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: I am part of a highly selective group of people (a group that includes JK Rowling) who have been rejected by Oxford.