Youth earn Duke of Ed­in­burgh Awards

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The ded­i­ca­tion of area youth was cel­e­brated on April 12 as nine lo­cal stu­dents were pre­sented with their hard earned Duke of Ed­in­burgh Awards.

There were six youth who were pre­sented with their bronze level awards and three re­ceived their gold level award.

“To get gold is un­real, it is pretty awe­some, it is the high­est level. The only thing more pres­ti­gious they could get is an in­de­pen­dent medal,” said Con­sta­ble Craig Nel­son, who has helped co­or­di­nate the Duke of Ed­in­burgh Awards in Drumheller.

The Pro­gram was launched lo­cally in 2011 in part­ner­ship with the RCMP. This self-de­vel­op­ment pro­gram has had an af­fect on al­most seven mil­lion young peo­ple in 130 coun­tries and Drumheller was the first com­mu­nity in Al­berta, and one of five in Western Canada to in­tro­duce the part­ner­ship. Its first year 14 earned medals, and to­day it en­dures.

One as­pect of the award is to take on an ad­ven­ture and along­side the pro­gram, Two Wheel View and the RCMP have staged the Bad­lands to Banff bike tour as an op­por­tu­nity to ful­fill this por­tion of the chal­lenge.

“A cou­ple of the bronze win­ner were on the bike trip and two of the gold win­ners also par­tic­i­pated,” said Nel­son. “That is cool that we have that con­nec­tion there.”

Nel­son sees great value in the pro­gram.

“It is giv­ing kids credit for what they are prob­a­bly al­ready do­ing. We are en­cour­ag­ing kids to vol­un­teer, to be phys­i­cally fit and ac­tive and to get out of their com­fort zone on an ad­ven­tur­ous jour­ney and to learn new skills,” said Nel­son. “If I go to em­ploy some­one, I would want them to do all of those things.”

The awards are also very well rec­og­nized.

“If you go to Aus­tralia, they are go­ing to know what it’s all about. Any of the Com­mon­wealth coun­tries are go­ing to know, it is in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized,” he said.

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At the Duke of Ed­in­burgh Awards Cer­e­mony are Mayor Terry Ye­men, Con­sta­ble Craig Nel­son, Lu­cas Au­len­back, Mo­riah Ohlhauser, Myken­zie Tof­fan, Avril Wil­son, Car­manah Ol­brich, Charlese Gri­d­ley, Raine Mc- Dougald, Kar­son Gri­d­ley, Kyra Gri­d­ley, Bar­rie Hoover, and Su­per­in­ten­dant Tony Hamori.

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