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?
Silver - Basketball, (School
and Community team),
Running and going to
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
days canoeing in Milford Lake area.
Gold - Practice mountain
biking 168 km of the PEI confederation trail over 2 days.
For my residential project, I was selected to represent Nova Scotia at LEAD
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.
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.