Every student needs a teacher, and without group leaders, The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, would not be able to engage and enrich the lives of young people in such meaningful ways on a daily basis. Group Leaders are mentors - they volunteer to support youth throughout the duration of their Award journey. They are the backbone of this program, and it is through their leadership that we are able to grow as an organization, and the youth are able to grow as individuals.
Vanessa Tignanelli vivaciously embodies the characteristics that The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award promotes. It’s a common theme with Duke of Ed participants: find your limit – and then surpass it. Born and raised in North Bay, Ontario, she's embraced her northern roots hiking through the bush with camping and camera gear strapped to her back.