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Tottenham youth among Duke of Edinburgh Award recipients

May 17, 2017   ·   0 Comments

Darren and Lianne Austen were on hand Saturday to see their son Brady receive his Silver Award of Achievement in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award program.

By Bill Rea
The Scouting and Guiding movements have a long history of producing achievers, and evidence of that is easy to find.
There were more examples presented in Toronto as more than 100 young people received their Silver Awards of Achievement in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award program from Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell.
They included four representatives of the 1st Bolton Scouts and one member of the 1st Bolton Pathfinders.
The Scouts included Tottenham resident Brady Austen.
In order to qualify for the award, the young people have to complete an adventurous journey, perform community service, be active in some form of physical recreation and demonstrate a skill.
In the case of Austen, he took part in a canoe trip, volunteers his time coaching baseball, is active in skating and shown his skill in drivers ed.
“The Duke of Edinburgh has gotten me more into the community and has kept me active, and has gotten me to try new things,” he said.
His interests include camping and playing baseball. His plans for the future include post-secondary schooling to study chemistry.
The ceremony was held at Toronto Police College, and Superintendent Peter Lennox extended the welcomes, while complimenting the award recipients.
“It’s a wonderful occasions and it’s OK to be a little bit proud,” he remarked.
In her remarks, Dowdeswell mentioned the news from earlier in the week that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, had announced he would be retiring. She pointed to the years of service he has given to the Commonwealth.
She also congratulated the recipients on their achievements, complimenting them on the skills they have demonstrated which will serve the country and province into the future, including teamwork, creativity and the ability to have an open mind. She added they have accomplished many tasks that will enable them to be trail blazers.
“I believe all of you with thrive in this rapidly changing world,” she declared, wishing them well, “because we’re all counting on you.”

         


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