Four Lo­cal youth re­ceive pres­ti­gious bronze Duke of Ed­in­burgh Award

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

Drumheller’s own Mya Rus­sell and Hannah Mepham as well as Star­land County’s Spencer Mam­mel and Quinn Nel­son re­ceived the bronze Duke of Ed­in­burgh award dur­ing the cer­e­mony on May 8, 2017 at the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity (BCF).

Duke of Ed­in­burgh Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Ash­ley Ted­ham also spoke to the per­se­ver­ance of the young in­di­vid­u­als.

“For me, it’s al­ways about the com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and support,” said Ted­ham. “Hav­ing the RCMP there to support and hon­our the young peo­ple from the com­mu­nity is what it’s about. These achieve­ments rep­re­sent a young per­son’s com­mit­ment and con­nec­tion to their com­mu­nity and also in what their fu­ture has to of­fer them.”

The awards pro­gram is bro­ken into three tiers: bronze, sil­ver, and gold. Each level con­sists of hours in which in­di­vid­u­als must track in four cat­e­gories of service, phys­i­cal recre­ation, skill de­vel­op­ment and ad­ven­tur­ous jour­ney.

“The Gold Award is the high­est ac­co­lade a young per­son can achieve in Canada,” said Ted­ham.

It is a non-com­pet­i­tive, non-aca­demic award about sus­tain­ably mak­ing a com­mit­ment to the com­mu­nity as well as per­sonal de­vel­op­ment. Over 500,000 Canadian youth have al­ready taken part in the pro­gram.

It can be set at the re­cip­i­ent’s pace where they must be be­tween the ages of 14 and 24 and have as much time to fin­ish as they need be­fore their 25th birth­day. The award pro­gram caters to the in­di­vid­ual’s in­ter­ests and can be ap­plied to a range of abil­i­ties and skills.

The Award orig­i­nated out of ef­forts from three men: The Duke of Ed­in­burgh; Kurt Hahn, a Ger­man ed­u­ca­tion­al­ist and founder of Out­ward Bound, and Lord Hunt, leader of the first suc­cess­ful as­cent of Mount Ever­est.

Af­ter its launch in 1956 for boys aged 15-18, the pro­gram was fo­cused on get­ting youth in­volved in a pro­gram where they could de­velop their skills and be­come more worldly. Its orig­i­nal sec­tions were res­cue and public service train­ing, the ex­pe­di­tion, pur­suits and projects, and fit­ness.

By Septem­ber 1958, a sim­i­lar award was cre­ated for girls. From then on, it evolved into what it is to­day with four sim­i­lar sec­tions and an in­creased age limit to 24.

To sign up, call the of­fice at 403-237-7476 ext. 1 or sim­ply go on­line and visit the web­site here. ( https://www.duke­ofed.org/ab/con­tact )

At the Duke of Ed­in­burgh bronze cer­e­mony on May 8, re­cip­i­ents and com­mu­nity dig­ni­taries stood for a group photo. Pic­tured (l-r) are Chief Supt.Tony Hamori act­ing district of­fi­cer, Star­land County Reeve Bar­rie Hoover, re­cip­i­ent Mya Rus­sell, Const. Craig Nel­son, Re­cip­i­ent Spencer Mam­mel, Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s In­ter­na­tional Award ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Ash­ley Ted­ham, Drumheller Staff Sergeant Kevin Charles, re­cip­i­ent Quinn Nel­son, and Mayor Terry Ye­men. Miss­ing is re­cip­i­ent Hannah Mepham.

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