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Duke Delegate Profile New Brunswick Cassandra Boulanger

01/20/2016

 Duke Delegate Profile New Brunswick Cassandra Boulanger

Duke Delegate Cassandra Boulanger is a Second year student at Renaissance College at the University of New Brunswick. Cassandra is passionate about the environment and interested in sustainable, renewable energy as well as eco-friendly approaches to everyday life. Having a passion for the environment it is not surprising that Cassandra also loves to explore the outdoors. 

As an emerging leader Delegate Cassandra embodies the spirit of the Award, and it was ever present when we had the chance to ask Cassandra all about her Award Journey and what becoming a Duke Delegate means to her. Read our full interview with this inspiring young leader and our Duke Delegate for New Brunswick Cassandra Boulanger.

Q: The moment you found out you were selected to be the DD. What was your initial reaction? Describe the moment and where you were?

A: When I found out I was chosen as Duke Delegate I was filled with gratitude and excitement! I was already passionate about getting people involved with the Award and now I had my own title to go with it. I was at school when I received the news which resulted in some further procrastination. I was so excited about the selection, that all the ideas about what I wanted to do as Duke Delegate took over my thoughts about homework!

Q: What do you hope to accomplish as a Duke Delegate?

A: As a Duke Delegate I want to get the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award out there. It is something I am passionate about and I want to share that with my province and country. I would like to raise the awareness of the Award in my province, increase the interest, and subsequently the number of participants.

It's truly a great program that encourages youth to become better versions of themselves. As Duke Delegate, I hope to be a part of a team that aspires to motivate more youth from coast to coast to take part in the challenge. While DOE has taught me about wilderness survival it has also taught me a great deal about personal well-being. I want to encourage as many as I can to get involved so that they may gain similar knowledge and experience.

Q: What does the word leadership mean to you?

A: As a student at UNB’s leadership school Renaissance College, I have been asked this question many times over the past year and a half. The more I learn about leadership the more difficult it becomes to explain it in the form of a simple definition. Leadership is discipline to study and also a role to play. It involves working with others towards a common cause and empowering others to make a difference. It requires an interdisciplinary approach that looks at problems from a range of perspectives in order to find the best solutions. Leadership styles vary from one situation to next but in all settings a leader must remain respectful, responsible, and compassionate. 

Q: In this digital world, how do you think you can mentor and inspire people?

A: Social media is a great tool and can be used to do the extraordinary if worked properly. We've all seen the power of social media through the sharing of positive messages and videos that promote gender equality, animal welfare rights, and environmental activism just to name a few.  

The Duke of Ed motivates youth to give back their community, stay physically active, explore the outdoors, and learn new skills. As a Duke Delegate I am hoping that other DOE participants will be inspired by my Award journey and the journey of my fellow Delegates. Sharing my DOE journey gives me the opportunity to talk to those I've never met, encourage them to learn new skills, get involved, reach new limits, and ultimately inspire them to make a difference. 

Q: What was your worst Duke of Ed moment that now you look back on and laugh at?

A: Well there was this one time at Yoho...

Back when I was a newbie to DOE I went to Yoho Lake Camp for a preliminary training and practice journey event hosted by DOENB. The weekend was a total rain-soaked disaster but looking back on it now it can't help but laugh a little. It included: getting lost on our way to the camp, getting a mosquito in my eye, being kept awake by the deafening sound of pouring rain and howling wind, waking up to a loose tarp hoping it was not ours, and most notably having no more dry clothes left (and I'm known for over packing. 

While I wouldn't want to relive that experience I am glad it happened. I learned that DOE is truly an adventure and each moment is what you make of it. That you can push yourself to new limits and make memories along the way. And of course, don't let the rain stop you but make sure to check the weather and pack appropriately! 

Bonus Question: If you were stranded on a desert island what are the 3 things you’d bring with you that you couldn’t live without.

A: If I were stranded on a desert island I would bring...

● A big notebook and one of those 7 year pens because being stranded by myself would leave me with lots of time to write. It would be the perfect opportunity to write about my life adventures, create new stories, delve into my poetic side, and document my time on the island.

● A solar powered camera with lots of memory so that I could I delve into my love of photography while exploring the island

● A good knife for building a shelter and other structures, gathering food, and making tools. 

 

The Duke Delegate initiative wouldn't have been made possible without the support of The Keg Spirit Foundation which supports the growth of youth leaders and who have been an active supporter of The Award and it's participants since 2006. The Keg Spirit Foundation supports charities that focus on the development of youth through mentoring programs and has raised over $7.8 million dollars for more than 300 local charities since 2001. ​​  

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