Swift Cur­rent siblings re­ceive pres­ti­gious recog­ni­tion for vol­un­teer ser­vice

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Matthew Lieben­berg mlieben­berg@prairiepos­t.com

Two Swift Cur­rent siblings have been rec­og­nized by a pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion for their vol­un­teer ser­vice in the com­mu­nity.

Alexan­dria and Eve Boss re­ceived The Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s In­ter­na­tional Award bronze level cer­tifi­cates from Swift Cur­rent Mayor De­nis Per­rault dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony at City Hall, Oct. 7.

Fif­teen-year-old Eve is a Grade 11 stu­dent at Swift Cur­rent Com­pre­hen­sive High School and 17-year-old Alexan­dria is a Grade 12 stu­dent at the same school. They feel it is im­por­tant to be vol­un­teers and to give back to their com­mu­nity.

“With vol­un­teer­ing it's us giv­ing our time,” Alexan­dria said. “So it's a way to show our ap­pre­ci­a­tion to­wards oth­ers and it might make some­one's day a lit­tle bit eas­ier.”

Eve added that vol­un­teer­ing is a good way for them to show that they care about their com­mu­nity.

The pur­pose of The Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s award pro­gram is to help young peo­ple to tran­si­tion from youth to adult­hood, to pro­vide them with op­por­tu­ni­ties to be of ser­vice to oth­ers in their com­mu­ni­ties, and to help them un­der­stand their own ca­pac­ity to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of oth­ers.

This award pro­gram was es­tab­lished in 1956 and now op­er­ates in over 130 coun­tries. Cur­rently over 200 youth from 90 com­mu­ni­ties in Saskatchew­an are pur­su­ing the award at three lev­els (bronze, sil­ver, and gold).

Award pro­gram par­tic­i­pants achieve recog­ni­tion on each level af­ter com­plet­ing a min­i­mum num­ber of hours of vol­un­teer ser­vice, phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and skill de­vel­op­ment. They also need to spend time on an ad­ven­tur­ous out­door jour­ney through hik­ing and camp­ing.

Alexan­dria and Eve were al­ready par­tic­i­pat­ing in vol­un­teer and other ac­tiv­i­ties be­fore they heard about this award pro­gram.

“We saw this as a good op­por­tu­nity to kind of ex­plore what we were al­ready do­ing and a good way to con­trib­ute to our com­mu­nity with vol­un­teer time,” Alexan­dria said.

Eve men­tioned that par­tic­i­pa­tion in this for­mal pro­gram is a great way to help youth to ap­proach their vol­un­teer ef­forts in a more struc­tured way.

“It's just a re­ally good pro­gram if you want to kind of get into the groove of vol­un­teer­ing around and maybe im­prov­ing your skills set in dif­fer­ent ar­eas,” she said. “This pro­gram is fan­tas­tic if you want to im­prove in those ar­eas.”

Her ad­vice to other young peo­ple with an in­ter­est in the pro­gram is to keep a reg­u­lar sched­ule, to make sure they do the hours, and to have fun with it.

Alexan­dria em­pha­sized it is im­por­tant to do things that you love, be­cause that will make the en­tire process even more en­joy­able.

“I find it's a lot eas­ier to do any­thing when you like do­ing it in the first place,” she said. “So we kind of ex­plored what we al­ready like to do as hob­bies and around the com­mu­nity, and ex­panded on that.”

Eve’s skill de­vel­op­ment to re­ceive the bronze award was to play the sax­o­phone. Her phys­i­cal recre­ation ac­tiv­i­ties are long dis­tance run­ning, archery, and keep­ing fit. Her ad­ven­tur­ous jour­ney was at the Cy­press Hills In­ter­provin­cial Park.

She has com­pleted var­i­ous vol­un­tary ac­tiv­i­ties to qual­ify for the award. She vol­un­teered at the 2019 Western Canada Sum­mer Games in var­i­ous po­si­tions, in­clud­ing at the triathlon venue, at open wa­ter swim­ming as flag and medal car­rier at medal pre­sen­ta­tion, she par­tic­i­pated in the open­ing and clos­ing cer­e­monies, and she was a torch bearer at Saskatchew­an Land­ing.

Eve par­tic­i­pated in the Swift Cur­rent Com­pre­hen­sive High School Best Bud­dies pro­gram, she has helped el­derly neigh­bours with yard work, she com­pleted the Re­spect in Sport Ac­tiv­ity Leader Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, and she com­pleted her vol­un­tary ser­vice at the City of Swift Cur­rent dog park.

Her big­gest chal­lenge dur­ing all th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties was in phys­i­cal recre­ation, where she learned the new skill of archery.

“I joined a club in my school and I found that I re­ally en­joyed it af­ter work­ing on it for sev­eral weeks,” she said. “So that was a chal­lenge at first, but I learned to re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate and love the sport.”

Alexan­dria’s skill de­vel­op­ment for the award was to play the trom­bone. Her phys­i­cal recre­ation is swim­ming and she com­pleted her ad­ven­tur­ous jour­ney at Grass­lands Na­tional Park.

For vol­un­tary ser­vice she be­came very ac­tive with the Swift Cur­rent Com­pre­hen­sive High School drama depart­ment. She won a tech­ni­cal cer­tifi­cate of merit for light­ing de­sign at the 2019 Saskatchew­an Drama As­so­ci­a­tion Re­gional Fes­ti­val.

She also par­tic­i­pated in the school’s Best Bud­dies pro­gram and car­ried out vol­un­tary ser­vice at the City of Swift Cur­rent dog park. Her vol­un­teer ac­tiv­i­ties at the 2019 Western Canada Sum­mer Games took place at the triathlon venue, she was an open wa­ter swim flag and medal car­rier at medal pre­sen­ta­tion, she par­tic­i­pated in the open­ing and clos­ing cer­e­monies, and she was a torch bearer at Saskatchew­an Land­ing.

Her most chal­leng­ing ex­pe­ri­ence oc­curred dur­ing her ef­forts to im­prove her mu­si­cal skills on the trom­bone.

“I joined the more se­nior bands to help im­prove my skill set and learn more with that and in the process just achieve those hours,” she said.

They are now work­ing to­wards achiev­ing their sil­ver level cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in The Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s award pro­gram.

“It will take a lit­tle more time than the bronze, but we're will­ing to put in those hours,” Eve said.

Alexan­dria added that they will there­after con­tinue and do their best to also achieve the gold level cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

“I think it's all a bit more of a chal­lenge, but we'll do our best to com­plete as much as pos­si­ble,” she said. “It's nice to have some­thing to tell us what we have done.”

More in­for­ma­tion about The Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s award pro­gram is avail­able on­line at www.duke­ofed. org or call 306-780-9278.

Photo by Matthew Lieben­berg/Prairie Post

Swift Cur­rent Mayor De­nis Per­rault speaks with The Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s In­ter­na­tional Award bronze level re­cip­i­ents Eve (at left) and Alexan­dria Boss dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony at City Hall, Oct. 7.

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