Duke Delegate Radhika – Newfoundland
Q: What level of the Award are you currently working on?
A: I am currently
working on my Gold level.
Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
Physical: Basketball, yoga and
Service: MADD Canada, Red Cross, Sir
Thomas Roddick Hospital, YMCA, Humanitarian club, Yearbook Committee,
Committee, School Council Committee
Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
my silver qualifying hike, my group and I hiked 11 km on the first day. The sun
was blazing hot, where t-shirts and shorts just weren't doing justice! I was
starting to run out of water and to make matters worse, the walking trail was
flat and rocky only surrounded by trees. I was exhausted. Once I finally
reached my campsite in Whaleback ski lodge around 6, I was expected to eat and
relax. However, my duke leader announced the group would first hike an extra 5
km of the bog in the tall, muddy ground! My jaw dropped. I packed up my gear
again in pure tiredness to complete the hike ahead. Now that I look back on it,
I laugh. I had so much fun trying to jump from stone to stone and avoiding the
mud. Some of my friends even fell and sunk knee-deep in the bog! I also had the
chance to sign my name on the shed in the trail called "Donny's
Wall." I feel accomplished now!
Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: I honor
the opportunity to represent my province as a Gold Duke participant. I hope to
share many exciting and challenging stories about my 3 year Duke experience to
a wide audience at local events, ceremonies and through social media. I enjoy
working in a team and public speaking; I hope to take part in Duke related
events. I also hope to meet and work with other volunteers in my community to
encourage youth to become involved, especially in the Duke of Ed program. Duke
Delegates presents an ideal opportunity for me to participate in a leadership
role, demonstrate individual creativity though speaking, writing, meeting new people
and encouraging others to join the Duke community!
Q: What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind?
A: Leaders are not born, leaders develop. I believe
leadership is crucial to initiate change towards a problem while motivating
others to get involved in the process. Being a leader is not about having a
title or designation, but a role that involves responsibilities! It is
important to motivate the team, delegate tasks and to include everyone. I am a
leader in my school such as at student council and I have learned to have a
clear vision and communicate it to the whole team to have plans run smoothly.
Of course, there are always challenges and it must be tackled with the efforts
of everyone. Here is my favourite quote:
"The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each
member is the team." -Phil Jackson
Q: What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
a Duke Delegate, I look forward to sharing my experiences to my province,
Newfoundland and Labrador. I really enjoy working in a team, expressing my
ideas, and helping others—the Duke Delegate role presents an ideal opportunity for me to do this! It excites
me to be involved in more local events, meet new people, and most importantly, develop
new memories along the way.
Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: I taught my
two pet parrots to speak in English, Hindi and Punjabi!