Duke Delegate Jack - Alberta

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

Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
Service: Delivering church hamper programs, volunteering at FYidoctors to organize files, assisting a senior care centre, and volunteering through
my school’s Youth Volunteer Corps
Skills: For Bronze and Silver I developed skills in piano, and now I’m learning cooking
Adventurous Journey: For Bronze I went on a camping trip in Banff, and I completed the Lakeland Provincial Park Canoe Circuit for Silver.
Physical Activity: For Bronze I played tennis and soccer, for Silver I mainly did skiing, and now I am doing mainly rowing.

Q:What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: The worst DoE moment for me would have been the stress I had when I first asked someone to sign my record book for the award. It seemed like such a big deal at the time, to ask my tennis instructor to do a quick write-up on my progress in lessons. I had already thought out what I would say, and how to best explain just what the award was. Looking back, it seems quite ridiculous how much effort I put into such a simple task!

Q:What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: I hope to share my story of the award, and encourage others to join. I want to inform more people about this youth opportunity that created so many great memories in my life.

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 is considerate, and empathetic. A leader thinks of others, and can encourage anyone to participate in an activity. To me, leadership is taking charge and working with a group of people, not just as a group of people. A leader controls a group, while participants are just part of the group.

Q: What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
A: What doesn’t excite me about this position? It is a chance to share my experiences with others, and bring new people into the Duke of Edinburgh program. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this is the new journeys that I will go on, and memories that I will create, through my time as a delegate.

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: One day I want to travel to Berlin and see the history of the city, from David Bowie’s apartment to the Berlin Wall.