Duke Delegate 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 it. 

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?
A: I 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?
A: Fun 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.