Annika - Ontario
Q: What level of the Award are you currently working on?
A: For Skill I did driving lessons and knitting
because I was a part of a craft club. For Physical recreation, I did softball
(varsity team), working out in general and swimming (varsity). For Service, I
used a combination of different activities, including volunteering training
new instructors at my place of work, school events, peer tutoring two
different students and helping as a Duke of Ed Ambassador (helping other
students at my school achieve their awards). For the
Adventurous Journey component of my Gold Award, I went on a canoe trip
with a few friends and other students doing their award in Algonquin. It
was a 5 night, 6 day trip that involved over 5km combined of portaging and
facing inclement weather. For the Residential Project components
of my Gold Award, I went to France for a month and traveled the
country around while taking my Grade 12 French course. I used very similar
activities for my Silver and Bronze Awards.
Q:What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: My worst Duke of Ed moment
was actually quite recently. I keep having my Gold award rejected because
I haven't provided enough detail for the reflection of my
Adventurous Journey Trip. This is the third time that I have had my award
rejected and been emailed to add more detail! Right now it is driving me a bit
crazy but I know that once I have my award done, I will go back and laugh at
Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: I have been working within
my school to make the award more approachable and achievable for the
students there. This is my overall goal, to make the aware achievable. I
feel that there are a lot of students who have unknowingly fulfilled the
requirements of the award and they deserve to be recognized for it. But there
are also students that could learn a lot from the experiences that the
award gives you. So, ultimately, I want people to realize that this is
an achievable goal that can set you apart from other people.
Q:What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind?
A: I think a great leader
should have the ability to communicate their ideas clearly, know when to
step back and when to step forward, learn from their mistakes, be creative
and innovative in all sorts of ways and work well with others. To me, leadership isn't someone
taking control and telling people what to do. It is working with people to
find a common goal and achieve that through the best way for YOUR group.
Each situation is different and a good leader can take that into
account and change their style depending on what their group needs.
Q: What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
am quite excited about the idea that I can help people, not just within my
school community, but outside that in achieving their award. I am excited
to (hopefully) empower and encourage people to take part in the award
because I think it has really benefitted me in so many different ways
and I hope it can do the same for others.
Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
Fact #1: I don't like chocolate, pizza or ice cream. Fun Fact #2: I am
terrified of heights and birds. Fun Fact #3: I use the term "fun
fact" in almost every sentence I say.