A Drumheller woman who has already accomplished a lot in her young life can add the words 'ambassador' and 'mentor' to her resume.
Avril Wilson received her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Medal from Prince Edward in June, 2016 after completing the program the previous year.
"They bring their Gold Award acheivers, they ask them if they're interested in staying back in the program and I, of course, said yes," she told 99.5 Drum FM. "There's a variety of ways you can stay involved as an ambassador: you can just be a community supporter or you can be a public speaker."
Wilson learned about the Duke of Edinburgh Program through a presentation at DVSS and began to work towards her Bronze Medal in 2011. She completed her Gold Medal qualification in April, 2015 but had to wait more than a year for a member of the British royal family to come to Alberta to present it.
"Your Bronze Level takes a minimum of six months; your silver will take a minimum of six months if you have your Bronze and it'll take a year if you don't; and your Gold is a(nother) year with your Silver as well," she explained.
"A couple of the Cadets here in Drumheller are under my wing: they do have an officer that is a mentor as well, but there's a few that have chosen me," Wilson noted. "There's Hannah Metham, one of the (Bronze) Award acheivers, and Mya Russell are both under me as well. Sometimes you need that extra support to get it done."
She adds it was an honour to see the younger girls get their Bronze Medals earlier this month.
Young people looking to get involved with the Duke of Edinburgh Program should contact Liz at [email protected].