Roy­alty presents area youth with gold Duke of Ed­in­burgh awards

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Kyle Smylie

It hasn't re­ally sunk in how big of an award this is, but once it does I think I'll feel pretty proud of my­self." Raine McDougald gold re­cip­i­ent

Three Drumheller and two area youth were hon­oured at the Duke of Ed­in­burgh gold awards cer­e­mony in Calgary last Fri­day, and one of Drumheller’s bright­est rep­re­sented 140 other Al­ber­tan teens in an ad­dress to His Royal High­ness Prince Ed­ward.

Raine McDougald, Avril Wilson, and Madi­son Col­berg of Drumheller, and Mo­riah Ohlhauser of Car­bon and Lowell Nel­son of Mor­rin at­tended the cer­e­mony at Canada Olympic Park on June 24 to hon­our their achieve­ment of earn­ing one of the high­est in­ter­na­tional awards for youth.

Raine McDougald ad­dressed the over 600 in at­ten­dance, in­clud­ing Prince Ed­ward, Earl of Wes­sex, on be­half of the re­cip­i­ents. Lowell Nel­son was made a com­mu­ni­ca­tions con­tact for me­dia on be­half of his peers.

“It was awe­some but kind of nerve-wrack­ing,” said Raine McDougald, “but at the end of the day it was worth it. It hasn’t re­ally sunk in how big of an award this is, but once it does I think I’ll feel pretty proud of my­self.”

Drumheller RCMP Staff Sergeant Grant MacDon­ald at­tended as well, rep­re­sent­ing Drumheller and other Duke of Ed­in­burgh men­tors like him­self in the Com­mu­nity Youth Chal­lenge, a part­ner­ship be­tween the awards or­ga­ni­za­tion and RCMP in western and north­ern Canada.

The Lo­cal Project Men­tor­ing Group also in­cluded Katie Sun­t­jens of Al­berta Health Ser­vices, who also at­tended. The group is com­prised of mem­bers of the lo­cal As­set De­vel­op­ment Coali­tion, which sup­ports the healthy de­vel­op­ment of chil­dren and ado­les­cents, and in­cludes mem­bers from Drumheller’s RCMP, Big Coun­try Vic­tim Ser­vices, the Town of Drumheller, Star­land County, fam­ily re­source work­ers at Christ the Redeemer, Golden Hills and Prairie Land School Di­vi­sions, Drumheller District 4-H, and Project REACH.

The Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s Award is an in­ter­na­tional pro­gram founded by H.R.H. Prince Philip in 1956. The Award came to Canada in 1963 and was es­tab­lished in Al­berta in 1976. Cur­rently, over 6300 young peo­ple are work­ing to­wards a level of their award in Al­berta, the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries and Nu­navut.

The award rec­og­nizes youth for the vol­un­teerism, aca­demics, com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, ath­let­ics, and ad­ven­ture.

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Lo­cals Avril Wilson, Madi­son Col­berg, Mo­riah Ohlhauser, Raine McDougald, and Lowell Nel­son were hon­oured at the Duke of Ed­in­burgh gold awards cer­e­mony in Calgary on June 24 for earn­ing one of the high­est in­ter­na­tional awards for youth, where Prince Ed­ward was in at­ten­dance. Drumheller was well rep­re­sented at the event, with lo­cals Katie Sun­t­jens of Al­berta Health Ser­vices and Drumheller RCMP Staff Sergeant Grant MacDon­ald also at­tend­ing as com­mu­nity men­tors.

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