Drumheller youth earns Sil­ver Duke of Ed­in­burgh Award

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa sub­mit­ted

Drumheller’s own Car­manah Ol­brich has been awarded her Sil­ver Duke of Ed­in­burgh Award. The 17-year-old St. An­thony’s stu­dent trav­elled to Cal­gary to re­ceive the award from Her Hon­our the Lt. Gov­er­nor of Al­berta Lois E. Mitchell at a cer­e­mony last Fri­day, April 28.

“It works on dif­fer­ent as­pects of your life, Car­manah told the Mail. It helps me be­come more well rounded.”

Car­manah com­pleted her bronze award about a year ago and quickly filled the re­quire­ments of the sil­ver medal. The pro­gram chal­lenges young peo­ple to take on a num­ber of chal­lenges. Car­manah has been an ac­tive soc­cer player in the com­mu­nity and her vol­un­teer ex­pe­ri­ence was coach­ing youth soc­cer.

“It was re­ally cool. You have to be cre­ative,” she said of her coach­ing of U6 play­ers.

An­other ex­cit­ing chal­lenge for young peo­ple pur­su­ing the award is an ad­ven­tur­ous jour­ney. Last sum­mer Car­manah took on the gru­el­ing West­coast Trail. This is a week­long, 75-kilo­me­tre trek along the west coast of Van­cou­ver Is­land.

It was amaz­ing and re­ally good weather, she said.

She says the Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s In­ter­na­tional Award has in­spired her to be­come a more ac­tive mem­ber of my com­mu­nity.

“Since start­ing the Award, I have be­come a found­ing mem­ber of the year­book com­mit­tee, started coach­ing and men­tor­ing chil­dren with the Drumheller Mi­nor Soc­cer Club, and have be­come a mem­ber of both the Drumheller Cit­i­zens Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee and the Na­tional Youth Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee,” she said. “Through the Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s In­ter­na­tional Award, I have been able to de­velop new skills, learn the value of help­ing oth­ers, and push the lim­its of my abil­i­ties.”

The Award, now in 144 coun­tries, and es­tab­lished in Al­berta 40 years ago, is a non­com­pet­i­tive youth de­vel­op­ment plat­form that deep­ens self-aware­ness, builds con­fi­dence and broad­ens skills and ex­pe­ri­ences to fur­ther their growth as ac­tive, re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens.

(l-r) Her Hon­our, the Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor of Al­berta, Lois E. Mitchell presents Car­manah Ol­brich with her sil­ver Duke of Ed­in­burgh Award with Al-Karim Khimji, Duke of Ed­in­burgh divi­sion pres­i­dent.

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