Duke Delegate André – Nova Scotia  

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

Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
Physical:  Bronze - Basketball
                 Silver - Basketball, (School and Community team),
                 Running and going to the gym
                 Gold: Basketball, (School and Community team), Running
                 and going to the gym 

Service:   Bronze -Volunteered at summer camps and at Halifax Regional REC Centre
                Silver - Volunteered at We Day as a crowd pumper, volunteered Halifax    
                Regional REC summer camp and helped kids read at my elementary school.  
                Gold - Volunteered at We Day as a crowd pumper, volunteered Halifax Regional  
                REC summer camp, help kids read at my elementary school and helped
                out at the local library 

Skill:       Bronze  - For my new skill, I am the Alto Saxophone player in my junior school band.
                Silver - For my new skill, I am the Alto Saxophone player and soloist in my senior school band.
                Gold - For my new skill, I am the Alto Saxophone player and duolist in my senior school band 

Expedition: Bronze  - Practice hiking 14 km in Musquodoboit Rails to Trails
                                    Expedition hiking 20 km in Kejimkujik National Park
                    Silver -    Practice hiking 20 km in Kejimkujik National Park
                                    Expedition three days canoeing in Milford Lake area.
                    Gold -      Practice mountain biking 168 km of the PEI confederation trail over 2 days. 

Residential Project: For my residential project, I was selected to represent Nova Scotia at LEAD 2016 at
Camp Cedarwood in Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba. 

Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: I believe that my worst moment from Duke of Ed would have to have been from the first two hours of LEAD during my Residential Project. At Camp Cedarwood, where the event was held, they had a skate park, with half pipes, skateboards and stunt bikes. Even though, I’ve never been on a skateboard in my life, I decided to try the half pipe on a skateboard. After multiple attempts on the smaller half pipe, I was finally able to make it to the other side of pipe, even if the skateboard did not make it to the other side. Against my better judgement, I decided it would be a good idea to put a stunt bike on a halfpipe and boy I was wrong. I got the other side of the halfpipe unfortunately but I forgot to consider how to turn the bike on the halfpipe. I jumped off the bike, then landed on the handlebars of the bike as I was dismounting the bike. I was the first camper to be sent to the infirmary that camp. I now have a circle shaped scar on my hip, from the handle bars that I impaled myself on which reminds me of what awesome time I had at this camp. 

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: As a Duke delegate I have a lot of ideas of how to spread the love of Duke not only around Nova Scotia but all of Canada. My goal is get more people involved into the program, to spread the word about the program. I want to create videos and host workshops on the weekend using some of the things I learned from LEAD. We could have workshops about how to become better leader and explain the elements of the program. I love seeing people's’ reactions to the program. We could also create videos about how each section of program works in an editorial fashion. I would like to visit high schools and junior highs in my area sharing with them what this program is about.

Q: What does Leadership mean to you?
​A: f you're a leader you must be able to gather everyone together and accomplish a goal for the greater good. You must be thoughtful, kind and respectful towards everyone’s ideas and beliefs. Leaders knows when to work hard and step in when their help is needed. Leaders never put their needs above others. 

Q: What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
A: Being chosen as a Duke delegate makes me excited about everything. I’ve falling in love with the idea of being a delegate since being introduced to the program from a camp counselor at LEAD 2016. The Duke of Edinburgh program has helped me discover who I am and I love the idea that I can help start others on that journey of discovering who they are. Sharing such a meaningful program with others helps me pay it forward. I can’t wait to meet new people while spreading the love of Duke of Ed. 

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: When I was in fourth grade, I really struggled in school and was reading and writing at a grade one level in both French and English. I was also afraid of my own shadow. However, with the help of my school, two years of an intensive tutoring program from a reading and writing program called Spell Read and a lot of hard work, I’m now taking IB English while studying in French and love everything to do with books and public speaking.  I believe that when you set your mind to something, the sky’s the limit.