INSPIRATION. MOTIVATION. LEADERSHIP.

Meet our 2017 Duke Delegates, 2​6 outstanding participants from across Canada, who will share their journey of achieving the Award. From Vancouver to St. Johns, follow along with our Duke Delegates as they share their personal accomplishments and challenges, as they strive to achieve their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. 

We asked each of our new delegates some questions about their award journeys and what their passions are. Look for them at local Duke of Ed events in your province, and on social Media as they bring you everything you need to know about the Duke of Ed. Be sure to click on their name badge to find out more about each of these inspiring emerging leaders. 

Duke Delegate Amy New Brunswick

Award Level: Gold
Fun Fact: I am highly involved with 4H Canada, as president of my club, as a member of the district, provincial, and national boards.
Duke Delegate Amy

Duke Delegate Amy  - New Brunswick

Q: What level of the Award are you currently working on?
A: I am currently working on my Gold award and have already achieved my bronze and silver. 

Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
A: For my Bronze award I used Reading as my skill, Horseback riding and Rugby as my physical activity and volunteered through my 4H club. For my silver I designed and laid out my high school yearbook as my skill, I continued with horseback riding and rugby as my physical and volunteered at the local SPCA. For my gold I lead a 4H project of scrapbooking/photography as my skill, I continued on with horseback riding as my physical, and volunteered with the Fredericton Therapeutic Riding Association in the spring and fall when they run their programs and the rest of the year I donate my time to 4H at the club, provincial and national levels. Also I am planning on doing my adventurous journey this spring!

Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: My worst moment would have to be the constant struggle of planning my gold trip and having it fall through, get cancelled, or a date change last minute that makes me push it to another time of the year. This spring will be my third attempt at my God journey and I am in the planning stages currently so nothing will deter me this time. 

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: As a current award officer here in New Brunswick I get the neat opportunity of travelling around the province promoting the award to our youth. As duke delegate I hope to continue this journey promoting and getting participants to register and well as helping them share their own success stories and in turn having them promote it to their peers.

Q: What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind? What does Leadership mean to you?
A: I think a great leader has to have the ability to adapt. You can have great ideas, present yourself in a way that people admire, or speak well, but if you can’t adapt to the particular group or audience you hope to lead, you’ll run into problems. You have to be willing to change your own views and stay open minded because a good leader takes all thoughts, opinions, and beliefs into account before they take the next step. Leadership to me is something you have to earn. You have to be willing to put yourself out their and start guiding the conversation, and helping others challenge themselves and become better people. As Duke Delegate I’m exacted to be able to help these young people become leaders themselves through this award program. 

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: An interesting fact about myself is that I’m not only very involved with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award but am also highly involved with 4H Canada (which is a youth led organization, ages 6-21, that was developed to build leadership skills in rural communities). I currently serve as president of my club, as a member of the district, provincial, and national boards, as well as completing my first of a two year term as the Youth Advisory Committee member for the province of New Brunswick at the national level. 

Duke Delegate Jack Alberta

Award Level: Gold
Fun Fact: One day I want to travel to Berlin and see the history of the city, from David Bowie's apartment to the Berlin Wall.
Duke Delegate Jack

Duke Delegate Jack - Alberta

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

Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
Service: Delivering church hamper programs, volunteering at FYidoctors to organize files, assisting a senior care centre, and volunteering through
my school’s Youth Volunteer Corps
Skills: For Bronze and Silver I developed skills in piano, and now I’m learning cooking
Adventurous Journey: For Bronze I went on a camping trip in Banff, and I completed the Lakeland Provincial Park Canoe Circuit for Silver.
Physical Activity: For Bronze I played tennis and soccer, for Silver I mainly did skiing, and now I am doing mainly rowing.

Q:What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: The worst DoE moment for me would have been the stress I had when I first asked someone to sign my record book for the award. It seemed like such a big deal at the time, to ask my tennis instructor to do a quick write-up on my progress in lessons. I had already thought out what I would say, and how to best explain just what the award was. Looking back, it seems quite ridiculous how much effort I put into such a simple task!

Q:What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: I hope to share my story of the award, and encourage others to join. I want to inform more people about this youth opportunity that created so many great memories in my life.

Q:What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind? What does Leadership mean to you?
A: I think a great leader is considerate, and empathetic. A leader thinks of others, and can encourage anyone to participate in an activity. To me, leadership is taking charge and working with a group of people, not just as a group of people. A leader controls a group, while participants are just part of the group.

Q: What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
A: What doesn’t excite me about this position? It is a chance to share my experiences with others, and bring new people into the Duke of Edinburgh program. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this is the new journeys that I will go on, and memories that I will create, through my time as a delegate.

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: One day I want to travel to Berlin and see the history of the city, from David Bowie’s apartment to the Berlin Wall.

Duke Delegate Annika Ontario

Award Level: Gold
Fun Fact: I don't like chocolate, pizza, or ice cream.
Duke Delegate Annika
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. 

Duke Delegate Mengjue Prince Edward Island

Award Level: Silver
Fun Fact: I love piano playing, I have been playing the piano for almost 10 years.
Duke Delegate Mengjue
Duke Delegate Mengjue - Prince Edward Island

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

Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
Skills: I attend private piano lessons every week.
Community service: I participate in the Mom's class services every week and assist my teacher to teach English to international moms.
I also participate in student council activities as the representative from grade 10.
Physical recreation: I am in the school's badminton team and meet every Wednesday for two hours after school.

Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: When I was on my exploration trip back in Beijing, I stayed in the hotel. Because of the jet legging I woke up early one day morning. I played the flute
in my school band, and that morning I started playing the flute at about 10am. Apparently one of my neighbours in another room "reported" to the hotel
and I was called by phone to stop playing. I felt intimidated because probably a lot of people were waken up by my music.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: To inspire more students to participate in Duke of E, encourage them to explore the beauty of nature. I would also like to promote more students to give
back to their community and improve upon their skills. I also hope that more international students would join our Duke of Ed community. And at last I
want to tell everyone how fun the Duke of Ed is.

Q: What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind?
A: A great leader must have passion in what he/she does. With leadership also come with the responsibilities to serve others. To be a leader also means that one
has to be dedicated to their job and is patient and confident. To me, leadership means serving others wholeheartedly and being able to positively inspire my community.

Q: What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
A: The part that I am most passionate about in being a Duke Delegate is the opportunity to socialize with others. The community is the best place for me to learn more and communicate. Being the Duke Delegate, I will be able to meet more people and learn about their perspectives.

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself? 
A: I love piano playing and I have been playing the piano for almost 10 years.

Duke Delegate Emily Manitoba

Award Level: Gold
Fun Fact: I won a French provincial speech competition when I was 13.
Duke Delegate Emily
Duke Delegate Emily - Manitoba 

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

Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: At LEAD one of the activities we got to do was canoeing. I had already spent almost my whole summer in a canoe doing multiple trips, including my adventurous journey, so this was not new to me. As we were putting our boat in the water my partner got in the back, the steering position. I assumed that meant he knew how to steer. We very quickly discovered that he had no idea how to steer the boat, surprising himself a little. In the moment on that very windy and wavy day, it was a very frustrating time trying to stop the boat from spinning in circles but now, it was a really funny experience and my canoeing partner and I got to know each other a lot better. 

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: I hope to really get the word out about Duke of Ed and get lots more people involved with the award! 

Q: What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind? What does Leadership mean to you?
A: To me a great leader is someone who is firm and confident, but also kind, compassionate and humble. To me leadership means being able to step up and
challenge yourself, to be able to take charge but also to be able to follow and listen, and to know when each is appropriate. 

Q: What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
A: This award has given me so many amazing opportunities and I am so excited and honoured to be able to work with this award to help other people have those experiences too. 

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: I won a French provincial speech competition when I was 13.

Duke Delegate André Nova Scotia

Award Level: Gold
Fun Fact: I am taking IB English while studying in French and love everything to do with books and public speaking.
Duke Delegate André
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. 

Duke Delegate Lauren Alberta

Award Level: Gold
Fun Fact: I worked as a summer student in a cancer research lab this past summer, learning about pediatric leukemia.
Duke Delegate Lauren
Duke Delegate Lauren – Alberta  

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

Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?​ Physical Recreation:Swimming, hot yoga, aerial yoga, badminton, field hockey, skating, hiking

Skills: Lifesaving (aquatics), driving, cooking and baking

Community Service: Volunteered with Youth Central, Calgary Winter Club (as an assistant aquatics instructor), Calgary Public Library, and helping run events at my school

Adventurous Journey: Hiking/backpacking, dogsledding, sea kayaking

Residential Project: A two-week service project in New Delhi and Nawalgarh, India where I helped build a well for a rural community and educate less fortunate children in the slums

Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: I embarked on a four-day sea-kayaking trip in the Vancouver Island area this summer for my gold adventurous journey.  On the second day, my group was faced with the daunting task of crossing the Johnstone Strait to get to a small island and calmer waters.  As I paddled across the Strait an island came into view, but it seemed as if I wasn’t getting any closer to it, no matter how hard I tried to propel myself forward. Strong winds whipped into my face, and as I rounded the corner of one of the islands, terrifying five foot swells began crashing into the side of my kayak alarmingly fast. 

The huge waves kept pushing my kayak closer and closer towards the edge of this island, and I started panicking as freezing sea-water ran down from my neck, soaking the entire top half of my body.  Having just made it to the other edge of the Johnstone Strait, I was in desperate need of a break, but the swells continued to forcefully push my kayak closer to the cliff of rock on my left, and despite my efforts to pull my paddles through the water, the boat was not moving.  We were stuck in an area where the ocean was tossing us around, and I honestly found myself questioning whether or not I would make it out alive.  When we finally managed to make it through to a more serene area, I was deeply regretting my choice to go sea-kayaking, but I gradually built my confidence back up and was able to enjoy the rest of my journey, despite the challenges I faced along the way.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: As a Duke Delegate I hope to create more awareness about the Duke of Ed Award Program, especially to youth groups who may not have knowledge of the award through their schools or communities.  I also want to inspire youth across Canada to pursue the award through the use of social media platforms and sharing my Award journey with others.  In addition to sharing what I’ve done through the Award, I think it will be valuable to give advice and ideas to participants over the Duke of Ed platforms on different activities they can take part in as part of the Award.

​Q: hat do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind? What does Leadership mean to you?
A: I think a great leader has confidence, patience, motivation, and excitement to pursue excellence and positively impact others. Leadership can be formal or informal, but I believe it refers to how one’s efforts and example make a difference on a situation, issue, or group of people.

Q:
What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
A: I am excited to share my Award journey with others, advocate for the Award on a local and national level, and work with other Award participants as well as the Duke of Edinburgh team to make this an exciting and successful year.

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: I worked as a summer student in a cancer research lab this past summer, learning about pediatric leukemias and working on my own project. In the future, I am interested in pursuing a career in science and medicine.

Duke Delegate Derek British Columbia

Award Level: Gold
Fun Fact: I enjoy using CAD software and its functions for creating 2D and 3D models and drawings.
Duke Delegate Derek
Duke Delegate Derek – British Columbia  

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

Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
A: The activities I did for each section for the Silver level of my Award were vehicle driving for skills, swimming and table tennis for physical recreation, volunteering with others to clean up a park for service, and hiking and camping at Golden Ears Provincial Park at Maple Ridge, BC for the adventurous journey. 

Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: My worst Duke of Ed moment that I now look back on and laugh at was when I was completing my adventurous journey at Golden Ears Provincial Park. The park rangers notified all campers of a bear alert in the evening, they set up a trap with food more appetizing in order to lore the bear away from the campsites and advised all campers to store their food away so it won't attract the bear. It was quite serious since the park rangers had to take these type of actions. I was also quite nervous about this because it was something I never faced before. I had trouble sleeping that night and almost didn't sleep at all due to the fear of the bear. I now look back at the way I reacted to this situation and it was quite amusing. 

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: In my term as a Duke Delegate, I would like to share to others what I learned and experienced from completing the Award, and encourage more teenagers and young adults to complete the Award.

Q: What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind?
A: I think the qualities of a great Leader are focus, confidence, transparency, integrity, inspiration, and passion. Leadership is the ability to inspire and guide others in order for them to have the opportunity and greatest chance to become successful. 

Q: What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
A: What excites me about becoming a Duke Delegate is the opportunity to communicate with others about the Award, and the chance of listening to the thoughts of others throughout the country, from other Duke Delegates, about their thoughts of the Award.

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: An interesting fact about myself is that I am enjoy using CAD software and its functions for creating 2D and 3D CAD models and drawings including SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD. It is also one of my main hobbies since I am given the opportunity to design and create.

Duke Delegate Radhika Newfoundland and Labrador

Award Level: Gold
Fun Fact: I taught my two pet parrots to speak in English, Hindi, and Punjabi!
Duke Delegate Radhika
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?
Skill: Piano
Physical: Basketball, yoga and badminton
Service: MADD Canada, Red Cross, Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital, YMCA, Humanitarian club, Yearbook Committee,
Student Council Committee, School Council Committee 

Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: For 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: Being 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! 

Duke Delegate Justin Ontario

Award Level: Gold
Fun Fact: I'm a paintball Pro* *Almost
Duke Delegate Justin
Duke Delegate Justin – Ontario

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

Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
A: For my silver level of my award, I learned french as my skill, did a dog-sledding trip as my expedition, continued to use my MMA as my physical skill
category and have been doing a mix of personal visits and handiwork at a long-term care residence. 

Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: I believe one of my fondest moments was during a portaging trip in my bronze level. While stepping into the stern of my canoe, I decided to attempt to show off (the canoe entry technique known as "The swan" ). Of course, this went poorly. I managed to send my mate, paddles and emergency kit downstream. In a well meaning, but hurried rescue attempt, the canoe next to us pushed off, and ended up tipping as well. That morning was far from my finest, but the four of us agree that now, it was one of the funnest of the trip.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: During my term as Duke Delegate, I'm hoping to bring a lot of new people into the award, promoting it among different social groups that may not normally hear of the program, or think it's for them. As well, I'm hoping to help with Duke events across Ontario, and perhaps other provinces as well.

Q: What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind? What does Leadership mean to you?
A: A great leader is someone who is adaptable. To survive, and help those you lead flourish in any situations is the mark of a great leader. To me, leadership is playing to everyone's strengths, and covering each-others weaknesses. It's seeing an issue, and making your team the solution. Most importantly, it having a helpful hand for those who want it.

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: An interesting fact about Justin Franklin? I'm a paintball Pro*
*Almost

Duke Delegate Nayah British Columbia

Award Level: Silver
Fun Fact: One interesting fact about myself is that I have traveled to over 20 countries worldwide!
Duke Delegate Nayah
Duke Delegate Nayah – British Columbia
 
Q: What level of the Award are you currently working on?
A: I am currently working on my Silver award!

Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
A: For the physical activity section, I play soccer 3 times a week; as for my skill, which I have chosen as my major focus, I take Mandarin classes outside of school. Finally, for my service I volunteer regularly with WE Charity and Me to We. As for my adventurous journey, this winter I plan on going snow camping in Whistler.

Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: On my Bronze Adventurous Journey, I planned a trip to go caving at Strathcona Provincial park with my friends. I had never been “real” camping before (that is in the woods, no tents, no running water, no washrooms, etc.) as I soon figured out that I was wildly unprepared. My pack was stuffed to the brim with completely unnecessary supplies, and we didn’t prepare an efficient method to carry the water buckets other than dragging them with our hands! The anticipated hike time was supposed to be under an hour, but in the end it ended up taking over three! We had to stop every ten steps or so to rest our arms, although with the ridicule of the situation we couldn’t help but laugh, and I continue to laugh at this experience now!

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: During my term as a Duke Delegate, I ultimately am to empower and inspire others that have not began their Award journey to embark on it. I would like to do this through sharing my exciting experiences that I’ve had the chance to do through my Award. For current award participants, I hope to give them new ideas as well as answering any questions or give advice regarding the Award, and overall act as a positive and encouraging figure in their journey as an award participant. 

Q: What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind? What does Leadership mean to you?
A: I have narrowed it down to the top 3 qualities that I believe every great leader should possess:

Teamwork: this one may seem surprising, although I consider it one of the most important skills to embody as a leader. In order to be a great leader, one must be able to collaborate and share ideas with others, and believe that incorporating different perspectives leads to the best possible outcome. They must be able to listen to others and work collectively. 

Confidence & Optimism: when the future is worrisome, a leader must maintain faith and good morale. They must be able to keep spirits high and encourage others to persevere. Because they are typically the driving force of the team, when they act in a calm and confident manner, others will feel the same. 

Creativity: leaders must be able to think outside of the box to provide the best ideas and solutions for their cause. Sometimes leaders cannot choose the easiest option, and they should understand that the desired solutions require new innovation. 

Q: What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
A: I am thrilled for opportunity to meet new people from all across Canada, as well as the potential public speaking opportunities that may come with being a Duke Delegate. I am looking forward to hearing about other’s Award journeys, and sharing my own too!

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: One interesting fact about myself is that I have travelled to over 20 countries worldwide!

Duke Delegate Rahul Alberta

Award Level: Gold
Fun Fact: I work as a swimming instructor for the City of Edmonton.
Duke Delegate Rahul
Duke Delegate Rahul – Alberta
   

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

Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
A: I do TaeKwonDo for physical recreation, I learn guitar for skills, I volunteer at the Misericordia Community Hospital for service, I have completed a volunteering trip to Ecuador as my residential project, and I am planning on taking a camping trip to the Rockies in the summer for the Adventurous journey.

Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: Although I have not had a “worst” moment during the time that I have been doing the aforementioned activities for the Duke of Ed, I can think of one which makes me laugh. In September of this year, I was testing for my Blue belt in TaeKwonDo. It was my turn to perform a specific kick and break a board. I performed the kick, broke the board, but when I landed on my foot, something did not feel right; I could not put a lot of pressure on it. I looked down and saw my big toe on my left foot bent inwards! I looked up at my instructor and asked “It isn’t supposed to be bent like this is it?” After a short moment, everyone burst out laughing.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: As a Delegate, I hope to be able to involve more youth into this program so that they may have a better base on which they develop. Thereby, I hope to contribute to a stronger community in the future.

Q: What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind? What does Leadership mean to you?
A: The qualities of a good leader that come to mind are friendliness, being able to control a situation, being well informed, knowing when to be easygoing and when not to be, being calm and collected, and confidence. To me, being a leader means that I have the ability to make a difference for the better in the lives of those around me.

Q: What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
A:I am thrilled to become a Delegate because I believe that this is a truly amazing opportunity and that taking part in such a program is beneficial for all and for the community.

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: I work as a swimming instructor for the City of Edmonton.

Duke Delegate Sabrina Manitoba

Award Level: Gold
Fun Fact: I enjoy working on Photoshop to create artwork that is unique and pertains to my interests.
Duke Delegate Sabrina
Duke Delegate Sabrina – Manitoba    

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

Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
Bronze - Physical Recreation​- Walking and Running
              Skills- Drawing, Bracelet Making, Painting, and Marbling
              Community Service - Help and assist the elderly to and from locations and assisting in a dining room helping the elderly.
              Adventurous Journey - Winter Camping
Silver -  Physical Recreation​- Walking, Running and Biking
              Skills​- Embroidery
              Community Service​- Assisting in a dining room helping the elderly
              Adventurous Journey​- Winter Camping
Gold  -  Physical Recreation​- Walking, Running, Biking, and Hot Yoga
              Skills​- Graphic Design
              Community Service​- Assisting in a dining room helping the elderly and Art Drop in.
              Adventurous Journey​- Canoeing (not completed, will complete in August 2017)
              Residential Project​-LEAD 2016

​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 the first time I went winter camping/ spring hike for my adventurous journey (Bronze). I didn’t bring enough warm clothes, which led to me being so cold I couldn’t sleep half the time in my tent. For my silver I did the same adventurous journey and brought much warmer clothes, but it turns out that they were not effective in keeping me warm at night because it turned out to be much colder than it was on my bronze trip. I laugh at this because I learned from my mistake but still ended up being cold during the duration of my trip, but I pushed my way through it. We also had to make our way back to the cabins because it got way too cold to stay there for the last night and our whole group agreed to leave. I also find this funny because who knows what could’ve happened if we stayed there during the last night in the cold for my silver adventurous journey.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: I hope to meet other Duke of Ed participants in Manitoba and the other Duke Delegates across Canada. I also hope to inspire others to achieve the award and encourage them to reach the gold level. I also hope that my Duke of Ed story will inspire others and help them learn about this life changing award.

Q: What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind? What does Leadership mean to you?
A: When I think of the qualities of a great leader, I think of authenticity. Authenticity is a quality of a great leader because if people don’t know the real you, how will people trust to follow you and learn from you? Some other qualities I associate with being a great leader is open mindedness, positivity, inspiring, courageous, a team player, and someone who is focused.

Leadership to me means leading someone or a group of people towards a shared success. Everything a leader does is to benefit the whole group and by doing this, anyone can be a leader.

Q: What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
A: I’m excited about meeting other Duke of Ed participants and learning their stories and interests. I also look forward to promoting the award via social media. I’m also excited to meet all the other Duke Delegates from all the other provinces and work with them to encourage the award in Canada. I also look forward to working with the Manitoba division of Duke of Ed.

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: I enjoy working on Photoshop to create artwork that is unique and pertains to my interests (such as  tv shows and bands and even just making art in general).I also have an interest working on a tv set doing set design, directing, script writing, producing and many others.

Duke Delegate Will British Columbia

Award Level: Gold
Fun Fact: I was a published author at the age of 9, and have been published 2 times since!
Duke Delegate Will
Duke Delegate Will – British Columbia

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

Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
Adventurous Journey:
I was chosen to participate in the Pulling Together 2016 Canoe Journey, where I was selected as one of three high school students to participate alongside the West Vancouver Police Department. It was my job as Youth Leader to ensure that the youth kept to our schedule and contributed to team. Pulling gave me an opportunity to demonstrate my leadership capabilities and overcome my physical challenges, and allowed for me to connect people across aboriginal and non-aboriginal cultures, forming long-lasting bonds with five First Nations communities. The preliminary planning consisted of a month’s worth of choppy water canoeing, packing, and route planning, culminating in the final adventure. For 10 days I travelled by canoe over 110 km, visiting a number of host First Nation villages. During this time, I was immersed in First Nation societies and made what will be life-long friendships with both the youth and elders from these communities, and I have since talked about this with my peers and classmates to show how there are so many ways to bond with people from other cultures and traditions.

Residential Project:
I had the life-changing opportunity to travel to Manitoba for LEAD 2016, the DOE-run youth Leadership Camp. Through LEAD, I met several youth who are now some of my closest friends. Together, we pursued a shared passion to make Canada a safer and more inclusive place. The trip also gave me my first chance to travel cross-country alone.

Service:
I was involved in various volunteering initiatives, including our municipal police Student Work Advisory Team, my church's youth leadership team, my
school's Student Council, and Student Events Committee.

Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: Forgetting the fly on my tent in the middle of a July West Coast monsoon! (And that was just day one of a ten-day canoe journey)

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: To spread the word about the overall awesomeness of the Duke of Ed program, and to encourage the growth the program to support and mentor youth,
and create a "Duke Dynasty" 

Q: What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind? What does Leadership mean to you?
A: To quote the legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi, “Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” Leaders aren’t inspiring because of their own power, but because of their ability to instill that power in those around them. Through the program, I have been lucky enough to find an incredible family of current and future leaders who push me to test my own boundaries. I thank them, and everyone connected with Duke of Ed, for constantly motivating me to improve myself every day.

Q: What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
A: Having the opportunity to stay connecting with Duke and spread the word about a program which influenced my own life so positively.

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: I was a published author at the age of 9, and have been published 2 times since!

Duke Delegate Jade Ontario

Award Level: Gold
Fun Fact: I have weird study habits that include listening to loud music while doing Hula-Hoop.
Duke Delegate Jade
Duke Delegate Jade Ontario

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?
A: Over the course of my participation in this program I have learned to play the trumpet, the trombone, I have played and coached hockey and I have helped lead a French scout unit. I had also taken part in LEAD 2016. 

Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: My worst moment was when I was performing in front of my school and accidentally told my friend the wrong concert order. We both showed up on stage with the wrong music and had to improvise! 

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: I am hoping to help promote and publicize the award. From my experience, the only thing stopping future participants from signing up with the award is that they have never heard of it before. When I explain the program to others they usually take interest and sing up for it.   

Q: What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind? What does Leadership mean to you?
A: A great leader is someone who helps others rise to reach their full potential. Leadership should be used to inspires others to reach a common goal. It is a great tool to make people work in a positive way and gain self confidence along the way. 

Q: What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
A: I am excited to work alongside other Delegates who share similar values and goal toward empowering youth as me! I would also love to see more of the positive contribution the award has on people's lives.

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: I have weird study habits that include listening to loud music while doing Hula-Hoop. I have also lived in about seven houses and went to six different schools. 

Duke Delegate Bailey Nova Scotia

Award Level: Gold
Fun Fact: During my bronze adventurous journey a raccoon got into my tent because we were amateurs at the time and forgot to close the door.
Duke Delegate Bailey
Duke Delegate Bailey – Nova Scotia

Q: What level of the Award are you currently working on?
A: I have achieved all three levels of the award! 

Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
A: For physical activity I did a number of different things: gymnastics, track, soccer, volleyball and even field hockey at one point (that one was kind of disastrous) but I'm really into sports so I tried to do it all. For service I volunteered at a number of different locations including summer camps and soup kitchens. For a skill I worked on my leadership development and for my residential project I travelled to New Orleans,LA to help rebuild homes for Hurricane Katrina victims! 

Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: During my bronze adventurous journey a raccoon got into my tent because we were amateurs at the time and forgot to close the door. 

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: I hope to continue to promote the program and get others involved within it. The Duke of ed award has given me countless opportunities and I hope others can benefit from it the same way I did.

Q: What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind? What does Leadership mean to you?
A: I think a great leader is someone who can lead by example; that's far more effective than someone telling you what/how to do something. I also think leaders need to be approachable and understand that other people's journeys will be different from their own; it's important to highlight and play to the strength of your team while in a leadership position. 

Q: What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
A: What excited me about being a delegate is that many of the delegates, including myself, attended the LEAD 2016 event this past summer so I know we have a group of highly motivated individuals on the Delegate team! 

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: I'm really into Christmas and my goal is to have a Christmas sweater for each day of December so I can wear them like a human advent calendar :) 

Duke Delegate Christianna Alberta

Award Level: Bronze
Fun Fact: I'm an accomplished competitive swimmer in Alberta.
Duke Delegate Christianna
Duke Delegate Christianna – Alberta

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

Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
Service - Volunteering with special needs
Skill - Cooking
Physical recreation - Competitive swimming

Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: Right before a gold trip with my brother, I broke my toe and had to hike up a mountain.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: I hope to inspire youth to get more involved and hopefully join the Duke of Ed.

Q:
What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind? What does Leadership mean to you?
A: To make sure your responsible, truth worthy and follow through with what you say. As well a good leader, works to lead a group of people to accomplish something as a team.

Q: What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
A: Being able to share my story and inspire others! 

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: I'm an accomplished competitive swimmer in Alberta

Duke Delegate Jade Saskatchewan

Award Level: Gold
Fun Fact: My skill has consistently been music, through which I have learned multiple instruments and participated in community bands and combos.
Duke Delegate Jade
Duke Delegate Jade - Saskatchewan

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

Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
A: My Friday nights are spent with crayons, lego, and games of dress up.  I volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring children in an after school program.  I also work with my student council, interval home, and local SPCA.  For physical activity, I do workouts and swim.  In terms of adventurous journeys, I have been kayaking in Jasper, exploring Quebec, and SCUBA diving the eastern Caribbean. My skill has consistently been music, through which I have learned multiple instruments and participated in community bands and combos. 

Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: I remember the six-mile hike up the Sulfière in St. Vincent. I remember the beauty and warmth of the tropical scenery. Most importantly, however, I remember the water in my sneakers. Before the hike, I put on my shoes and immediately slipped off of our vessel into the water. My shoes were soaked, and with the impending hike, I was less than thrilled. So, as I passed through the beautiful scenery of waterfalls, palm trees, and the impossibly steep incline ahead of me, all I could feel were squishy shoes and burning thighs. I loved the view at the top, but coming down is where my lack of reflexes and physical ability betrayed me. I fell more times than I could count. It didn't help that the trail was destroyed at points and it was extremely foggy, but I can only blame so much of the mud and blood on that. It was an amazing experience, but it was undoubtedly a challenge. Nevertheless,
I was the biggest proponent of going on another hike the next morning!

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: In my second term as a delegate, I hope to connect with people in my community and inform others about the program while still reaching out personally and on social media to inspire participants. I also hope to focus on providing some content for the YouTube channel. 

Q: What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind? What does Leadership mean to you?
A: Leadership is often viewed as taking charge or being in command of a group of people; however, in reality, leadership is much more than that. From leading by example to being an advocate, leadership is providing direct or indirect guidance, focus, and support within a group. For me, the most important qualities a leader can have are flexibility, communication, focus, and understanding. 

Q: What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
A: This past year has taught me a lot about the program and marketing as a whole. It has given me an opportunity to promote an amazing award that has changed my life. I hope to expand my impact and try to be useful in new ways this year by reaching out locally. It is incredibly exciting to be able to connect the award to people in my community because I know what it's like to have to introduce the award to every single assessor, and I hope that future participants will have a smoother path, possibly even in groups!

Duke Delegate Cate British Columbia

Award Level: Gold
Fun Fact: I am part of a highly selective group of people (a group that includes JK Rowling) who have been rejected by Oxford.
Duke Delegate Cate
Duke Delegate Cate - British Columbia

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

Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
Physical Recreation: yoga, gym
Skill: piano
Service: passing out books and magazines at the hospital

Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: For my Silver Adventurous Journey, I went with the Outdoor Pursuits class at my school to Glacier National Park. The first hike we did was 14km round-trip and had an elevation gain of almost 1000m. None of us had done hikes of that severity before, and it seemed as though we were climbing to the sun. When we finally reached the top, we were exhausted and starving, though the view were spectacular. A couple of my friends and I had agreed to share the responsibility of food: one of us was in charge of breakfasts and snacks, one in charge of lunches, and the third in charge of dinners. We sat down at the top of the mountain and the friend who was in charge of lunch handed me a single tortilla, folded in half with peanut butter on it. That was our lunch. We had to get back down the mountain on maybe a hundred calories. We haven’t let her forget it, or be in
charge of food ever again.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: I hope to make the Award process less confusing for new participants - I had a lot of questions when I was working on my Bronze. I would also like to encourage more people to participate in the Award, not just as a resumé booster, but because it is something that they want to do.

Q: What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind? What does Leadership mean to you?
A: A leader knows when to speak, but when to stay silent. A leader knows when to act, but when to stand aside. A leader is someone who will take initiative and who will get things done. They will not stand aside and wait for others to tell them what to do. A leader is confident in their beliefs and in their actions, and will follow through on their promises and on their ideas.

Q: What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
A: I was at LEAD 2016, and met so many incredible people working on the Award. I’m excited to meet more amazing people and make connections within BC and across Canada.

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: I am part of a highly selective group of people (a group that includes JK Rowling) who have been rejected by Oxford.

Duke Delegate Madison Prince Edward Island

Award Level: Gold
Fun Fact: An interesting fact about me is that I have been involved with sports since I was 4 years old.
Duke Delegate Madison
Duke Delegate Madison – Prince Edward Island

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

Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
A; For my skill I cook and play the violin. For community service I volunteer at pediatrics in the hospital, coach girls softball, and I work at my school’s breakfast program. For physical activity I normally do lots of softball training but I recently injured my shoulder so I do workouts at home, and I would like to start some yoga classes. 

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 definitely when I snowshoed during a blizzard for my silver adventurous journey. At the time it wasn’t fun at all, but now we have lots of stories and pictures to look back and laugh at. 

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: As a Duke Delegate I hope to inspire more people to complete the award. Here in PEI we have lots of people that do their bronze but they don’t try to go any further. I hope to show people how the Award helps you in all aspects if your life. Some qualities of a great leader are responsible, respectful, motivated, and empathetic. 

Q: What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind? 
A: For me leadership is all about leading by example. If you are able to inspire people by your actions instead of bossing them around, they will respect you, and be more excited to help. 

Q: What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
A: I am most excited to share ideas with the other Delegates across Canada to make Duke better for young people in every province. 

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: An interesting fact about me is that I have been involved with sports since I was 4 years old. 

Duke Delegate Rachel Alberta

Award Level: Gold
Fun Fact: I am bilingual in both Spanish and English languages!
Duke Delegate Rachel
Duke Delegate Rachel – Alberta

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

Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
Skill – Accordion
Service – Tutor
Physical recreation – Swimming and cross country skiing

Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: When I first began cross-country skiing, I decided to go off of the track while going downhill and not realizing how deep the snow I got stuck, fell, and ended up rolling down the hill!  I later face-planted while trying to maneuver out of the knee-deep snow. 

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: To showcase the achievements to others who are not aware of the Duke of Ed program and to encourage those who are currently participating in the award program.  

Q: What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind?
A: Great leaders are people who are modest and seek help when they are unsure in which direction to proceed and who persevere in the face of an obstacle.    

Q: What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
A: The excitement to be inspired by the stories of Canadians who are presently completing and formerly completed their Award journeys.  

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: I am bilingual in both Spanish and English languages!

Duke Delegate Macey Alberta

Award Level: Gold
Fun Fact: One interesting fact about myself is that I adore children. I have been a part time nanny for 3 years now and I love it!
Duke Delegate Macey
Duke Delegate Macey - Alberta

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

Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
A: For service I have done activities such as coaching my a U12 girls soccer team, aid in children's church, make snack for youth group, help with events in my school, and other. For Physical recreation i have done activities such as refit, fitness classes, soccer, swing dancing, hiking/walking, skiing, and other. For my skill I did sign language for the silver level award and for my gold I recently decided to do working with children. for my adventurous journey for my silver award I did a bike/hike trip in tumbler ridge and for my gold award I am planning a week hiking trip on the Rock wall trail in Kootenay National Park this coming summer. 

Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: Honestly it was just writing the report for the adventurous journey at the end of the silver award. It was a painfully slow process but now that I've done it, I have realized that I just made it more painful than it needed to be.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: During my time as a Duke Delegate, I hope to inspire and encourage the youth people of my society to become a part of the Duke of Ed Award and start to make a difference in their community.

Q: What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind? What does Leadership mean to you?
A: When I think of a leader I think of an individual who is inspiring and encouraging. Someone who reaches beyond themselves, who looks out for others, who plays on other strengths and also has some sense of humor. A leader needs to be someone who cares about the people around them and someone who will take charge when needed but also step back .Leadership to me means reaching above and beyond yourself for the greater good  of the people around you.

Q: What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
A: What excites me about being a Duke Delegate is the opportunities and the chance to share with others my experience.

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: One interesting fact about myself is that I adore children. I have been a part time nanny for 3 years now and I love it! I think children are all such a blessing to the world.

Duke Delegate Clair British Columbia

Award Level: Gold
Fun Fact: Because of DofE I met Justin Trudeau. Is that interesting enough? If so, and I ever meet you, shake my right hand and you can indirectly shake his hand too.
Duke Delegate Clair
Duke Delegate Claire – British Columbia 

Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
A: When I was working on the award, I practiced a variety of activities to gain a larger spectrum of skills. Some of the few that I enjoyed the most was when I practiced my writing skill, when I joined the field hockey team at my high school and when I volunteered for a local organization. From each of these activities was able to grow and gain a new perspective on the importance of certain activities. For example, I learnt how much I can benefit from writing my thoughts down. Weekly, I would take the time to contemplate certain topics in a journal style personal writing assignment. Later on, I noticed I was able to speak clearer in regards to my opinion on matters and my practice began to show in my academic writing as well. My repertoire of vocabulary grew, along with my ability to convey a message. Another activity I pursued was field hockey for fitness. Not only did this benefit my health, but I also found myself wanting to do more outdoor activities. I began to invest more of my leisure time in hiking and other team sports. This has influenced me as I now have a greater appreciation for the influence that the outdoors can have on not only physical health but also mental health. Lastly, for service, I began volunteering for a local French Immersion organization designed to support parents and students gain a FI education. This activity and work is a huge component of the skill and knowledge I have since gained.

Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: To explain my worst DoE moment, I must first mention that when I was completing the award, I was still on the book system, therefor, I took my book everywhere. It was my bible, my life source, my entire being, between a few pages. Now, I would never leave my book with anyone, yet one day I asked my friend in the program to take my book and have our field hockey coach sign it for me as a favour, boy was that a mistake. She carried my book in her backpack and while she was attending class…. her water bottle exploded. You can imagine my despair when she showed me my soaked book, I think I may have even shed a tear. I spent the rest of the day trying to salvage my signatures of running ink as they had bled through the pages. Never had I been so devastated in DoE, other than the time my peers and I got caught in a horrific rainstorm. But that’s a story for another time. I guess I have pretty bad luck with water. 

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: I am hoping that with this term as Duke Delegate I will be able to meet more youth involved in the program and also introduce the program to youth as well. This program had such an impact on my development through high school and the person I am today is largely from the values I have learnt through the possibilities with DofE. 

Q: What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind? What does Leadership mean to you?
A: When I think of Leadership, I used to think of a very specific profile of a person. Outspoken. Confident. Positive. However, since having the opportunity to participate in some incredible leadership programs, I have learnt that leadership traits are accessible and available to everyone. This is something that I wish to convey and teach more to youth. The title of “a leader” is not confined to only a few people. The future generation should be taught critical thinking skills and to embrace the ability that they have to affect change. Not all Superheroes wear capes, nor do all Leaders run corporations or countries. Leadership is attainable, you just have to be willing to step up and speak up. 

Q: What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
A: I am excited about being a Duke Delegate since I get to continue to remain actively connected to this community of incredible people. I am excited to see what opportunities it continues to bring to not only myself, but also those just starting the program and beginning their journey with DoE. However, I am also excited to see changes happen and how this program will continue to grow. I am excited to be a part of that growth. 

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: An interesting fact about myself…. hmm… Because of DofE I met Justin Trudeau? Is that interesting enough? If so, and I ever meet you, shake my right hand and you can indirectly shake his hand too. 

Duke Delegate Nicole Manitoba

Award Level: Gold
Fun Fact: I enjoy helping children and volunteer as a program assistant for a learn to skate program at Stony Mountain Skating Club.
Duke Delegate Nicole
Duke Delegate Nicole - Manitoba

Q: What level of the Award are you currently working on?
A: I have completed my gold, silver and bronze awards.

Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
A: My activities include figure skating for my physical activity and saxophone for my skill. For volunteering I teach Sunday school, volunteer at a hospital and was volunteered as a program assistant for CanSkate. My adventurous journeys included canoeing down the Red River, winter camping and a week long canoe trip in the Whiteshell. 

Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: Definitely winter camping! It was minus fifty with the wind chill and we were sleeping in quinzees but it was all worth it.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: Bring more awareness to this awesome program, inspires more people to join and inspire others to continue to reach their goals.

Q: What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind? What does Leadership mean to you?
A: Qualities of a great leader include good communication skills, willingness to listen to others ideas and very dedicated to the tasks at hand. Leadership means taking charge but also working with others and taking their suggestions into consideration to perform a task to the best of the groups abilities. You cannot be a great leader without great followers and open ears.

Q: What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
A: Interacting with individuals that are excited about setting goals and achieving them, inspiring people and working with people who love trying new things.

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: I have the honour of meeting His Royal Highness, Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, who presented my Gold Duke of Ed award to me this past year.

Duke Delegate Svetlana Alberta

Award Level: Gold
Fun Fact: I'm fluent in three languages (Russian, Armenian, and English).
Duke Delegate Svetlana
Duke Delegate Svetlana - Alberta

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

Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
A: For each section I did several activities, I will point out one from each: baking/cooking, badminton and volunteering in the Armenian
Community/School of Edmonton. I help organize and run events, and for the school I make presentations for lessons.

Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: My worst moment was when I first began to regularly play tennis for my Award. I kept missing the ball almost every time and had my racket all over the place, but I didn't give up. I kept trying and soon enough acquired an adequate amount of skill to play freely and most importantly to have fun! 

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: I hope to inspire others with my stories and to promote the Duke of Edinburgh Award as much as possible because I want more people to become involved in this amazing program. I hope to have the chance to help others out that may need guidance on their Duke journey.

Q: What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind? What does Leadership mean to you?
A: Qualities of a great Leader are: passion, dedication and communication. Leadership means to be selfless and courageous. A great leader needs to be able to put the needs of others first and to guide them through anything they might need help with, which is why good communication skills are a must. Whatever a leader might be striving towards, needs to involve core dedication and passion in the process, or else there's no point in doing something that doesn't interest or inspire you. Overall, leadership is the ability to help guide others in achieving their goals, turning ideas into reality and sharing a vision that can inspire others.

Q: What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
A: I am excited to be working with other delegates in coming up with ideas on how to spread the word on The Duke of Edinburgh Program, help and inspire other "Dukers" as well as to share my personal experiences with the program.

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: I'm fluent in three languages (Russian, Armenian and English).

Duke Delegate Meaghan Prince Edward Island

Award Level: Silver
Fun Fact: I am an avid musician, and I play in the senior jazz band at my school. Out band is quite professional, and rehearsals consume my life.
Duke Delegate Meaghan
Duke Delegate Meaghan - Prince Edward Island

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

Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
A: For my physical recreation, I participate in my squadrons biathlon team, and do recreational yoga. For my service, I volunteer with the squadron, with the Free the Children Group at my high school, and help support band fundraisers. I am very creative, and have chosen art as my skill to work on.

Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that you now look back on and laugh?
A: Honestly, my worst duke of Ed moment was probably the first time I went running this year for biathlon training. I was so out of shape for the training, and it was horrible, but all worth it.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: In my term as Duke delegate I hope to inspire other young people to rise to the challenge of pursuing this wonderful program.

Q: What do you think of the qualities of a great Leader what comes to mind? What does Leadership mean to you?
A: In order to be a great leader you have to be willing to compromise. Listen to your teammates, and solve problems effectively. To demonstrate strong leadership, is to be a good role-model. A true leader supports the people they're leading. They skillfully delegate to them.

Q: What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
A:I am excited to meet amazing people. I am excited to share my experiences with others, and find people that have similar goals to me.

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: I am an avid musician, and I play in the senior jazz band at my school. Our band is quite professional, and rehearsals consume my life. Music is one of my favorite things about life, I require it to survive.

Duke Delegate Isabella Saskatchewan

Award Level: Gold
Fun Fact: I plan on becoming a teacher.
Duke Delegate Isabella

Duke Delegate Amy - Saskatchewan 

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

Q: What activities do you do for each section of your Award?
A: Skills – I did piano and completed my grade 9 RCM piano exam during for my Gold.
Physical Recreation – For my Physical Recreation I did many different activities such as speed skating, personal fitness, track and field and cross country.
Service – For my service I instructed Red Cross Babysitting classes, taught piano and violin lessons for Heart of the City program and participated in SRC at school.
Gold Project – I attended a week long Rotary Youth Leadership Camp.
Adventurous Journey – Not yet completed.​

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 during my Silver Adventurous Journey. While hiking through Grasslands National Park, we noticed several bison on our path. Our research informed us that we needed to stay at least 100 feet away from them at all times. We were nervous about the bison but figured it wouldn’t be too difficult to stay 100 feet away. Not long after the initial bison sighting, we saw another bison much closer to our path. Realizing that if we stayed on our current path we would be far too close, we had to go into the brush in order to escape. This caused us to get countless burrs all over our clothing and even in our hair! At the time this seemed incredibly unfortunate but we now look back at that moment and laugh. 

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your term as a Duke Delegate?
A: I hope to get more people involved and spread awareness of this awesome program that is available to everybody. 

Q: What are some of the qualities which make a great Leader? What does Leadership mean to you?
A: Leaders are patient, respectful and creative thinkers. Leadership is all about teamwork and making people feel involved. 

Q: What excites you about being a Duke Delegate?
A: I am excited to be able to represent the Duke of Ed and I look forward to making a positive impact.

Q: Can you give us one interesting fact about yourself?
A: I plan on becoming a teacher.