We here at The Duke of Ed would like to extend a big, heartfelt thank you to Heritage Canada for their support in allowing 100 youth to come together at this year’s LEAD event. The atmosphere at LEAD was transformative – one look at our camp recaps and images, and you can see how this donation has made a difference in the lives of the participants, and the magnitude of what this does in forging the leaders of tomorrow.
“It really changed our life and we will forever appreciate it,” said Ninar, a participant at the camp.
“It will be hard to forget a summer like this,” added Rhys.
Saskatchewan Duke Delegate Jade Shivak was so inspired by her experience that she shared the impact that LEAD had on her with the Facebook group:
“When I came back to school on Thursday, I was just thinking about LEAD and how everyone was so kind. So, instead of just hanging out with my friends, I decided to talk to every person who looked new and ask them how their days went or what I could do to help. I was surprised to find that everyone was happy to talk to someone and it made them smile!
So, I just want to say thank you to all of you guys for being those welcoming people who made my day better and helped me grow.”
While everyone enjoyed the sun and fresh air with various outdoor activities, participants also took part in workshops that assisted in their leadership development. Two of the workshops specifically focused on embracing our Canadian Heritage.
“Our workshop was essentially focused on the Canadian identity and what it means to be Canadian to each individual person,” says Bailey Francis, one of the presenters of the Canada 150 workshop.
“It was a really interesting workshop to be a part of especially because the kids were all from different parts of Canada and therefore had their own experiences to draw on when talking about what being Canadian means to each of them. Something that came up frequently in all the groups we had, was the idea that Canada doesn't have a single identity but is diverse or a cultural mosaic. Over-all, our discussions went very well and the majority of the campers were willing to share their own stories and opinions”
Jack Gehring ran the Canadian Experience – a workshop that had the campers opening a can of corn using anything but a can opener.
“The purpose of my workshop was to show everyone that no matter how hard it was to open the can of corn, the team would always help. If 1 or 2 cans of corn wasn't edible, everyone at the end of the workshop would get to eat, since we share food.”
And that’s the true meaning behind being Canadian, isn’t it? Sharing, and working together to create a country that we can all be proud of. Thank you Heritage Canada for sharing this experience with The Duke of ED 2016 LEAD campers.
We couldn’t have done it without your support.
We want to extend a huge thank you to our sponsors for helping LEAD 2016 to be a huge success!