Duke Delegate Svetlana - Alberta

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

Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
A: For each section I did several activities, I will point out one from each: baking/cooking, badminton and volunteering in the Armenian
Community/School of Edmonton. I help organize and run events, and for the school I make presentations for lessons.

Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: My worst moment was when I first began to regularly play tennis for my Award. I kept missing the ball almost every time and had my racket all over the place, but I didn't give up. I kept trying and soon enough acquired an adequate amount of skill to play freely and most importantly to have fun! 

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: I hope to inspire others with my stories and to promote the Duke of Edinburgh Award as much as possible because I want more people to become involved in this amazing program. I hope to have the chance to help others out that may need guidance on their Duke journey.

Q: What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind? What does Leadership mean to you?
A: Qualities of a great Leader are: passion, dedication and communication. Leadership means to be selfless and courageous. A great leader needs to be able to put the needs of others first and to guide them through anything they might need help with, which is why good communication skills are a must. Whatever a leader might be striving towards, needs to involve core dedication and passion in the process, or else there's no point in doing something that doesn't interest or inspire you. Overall, leadership is the ability to help guide others in achieving their goals, turning ideas into reality and sharing a vision that can inspire others.

Q: What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
A: I am excited to be working with other delegates in coming up with ideas on how to spread the word on The Duke of Edinburgh Program, help and inspire other "Dukers" as well as to share my personal experiences with the program.

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: I'm fluent in three languages (Russian, Armenian and English).