Local youths earn major award

Paige Stobe and Kya Jackson-Leclair show off the Duke of Edinburgh's International Awards they were presented with at the Selkirk Comp on Friday, Oct. 10, 2018. (Brook Jones/Selkirk Journal/Postmedia Network)

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Paige Stobbe and Kya Jackson-Leclair earned the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

The duo completed their Bronze Awards during the summer and were presented with their bronze pins and certificates at the Selkirk Comp’s undergrad awards night on Oct. 10.

Stobbe and Jackson-Leclair were joined by Stobbe’s sister, Jessica, and Morgan Lenchuk when they chose to take part in an environmental pollution study in the area of St. Andrews. The four teens decided to clean-up various creeks in and around Petersfield and Clandeboye. After completing their qualifying Jjourney, they submitted a write up of their observations and offered conclusions.

“I wanted to be part of the community and do something that is extra,” Stobbe said.

Stobbe noted how she looks up to her parents for inspiration.

According to award officer Sandra Ross, the Petersfield Community Club has become an open award centre. She noted how there are a number of youth who are currently working on their awards.

Morgan Lenchuk is another local youth who completed the bronze award in June and is currently working on the silver award. Jessica is also working towards completing her bronze award.

“We have a trained Award Leader who works with the participants by offering guidance and mentorship while they are working on their Award,” Ross said. “As their Award Leader I had the pleasure to see these ladies make a commitment to the activities that interest them and show continued effort.”

Lenchuk said that even though it was a lot of work, she had fun with the team.

 “I found out how much planning, preparation, and work goes into an adventure of this type,” Lenchuk said.


The Award was founded by His Royal Highness, Prince Phillip and started in Canada in 1963.

Ross said it is an exciting self-development program available to all young people ages 14 to 24, regardless of circumstance or ability, equipping them with life skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities and the world.  

Founded on the premise that those growing up today face many challenges to personal achievement, The Award is designed to stimulate self-esteem, self-reliance, discipline, perseverance, determination, initiative, creativity, community responsibility, and fitness of body and mind. The Award program comprises four sections: The Service Section is intended to develop a sense of community and social responsibility; The Skills Section develops cultural, vocational and practical skills; The Adventurous Journey Section aims to cultivate a spirit of adventure and discovery and an understanding of the environment; and The Physical Recreation Section encourages improved performance and fitness. There are three levels to the Award; Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Each requires an increasing level of commitment and effort. Each participant sets, ahead of time, his or her own goals and is recognized for achieving them through self-driven effort.

The Bronze usually takes 6 to 12 months to complete, the Silver takes 12 to 18 months and the Gold takes 18 to 24 months. Upon successful completion each participant receives a pin and certificate on behalf of The Duke of Edinburgh to mark their achievement. This is a landmark moment in many young people’s lives and careers.