Mengjue Chen of Charlottetown and LeeAnn DeWolfe of Cornwall participated in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award-Canada Passion to Purpose event at the University of Regina, this past August.
They joined 100 Duke of Edinburgh (DOE) participants, ranging in ages from 16 to 24, representing every province of Canada.
The purpose of this event was for participants to develop their passion into purposes, improve their leadership skills and be champions of change in their home communities. Participants learned from expert speakers from across a wide spectrum of experiences to ignite their passion and make a positive change. Following each presentation workshops were formed to allow the young people to share their personal insights.
During the week participants engaged in community service activities such as the shoreline clean up and team building and social activities which included a dragon boat race and a talent show. The highlight of the week was when participants were told that grants were available ranging from $250 to $1500 so they could turn their passion into a real community project.
LeeAnn learned to move from having an idea in her mind to turning it into something that had a real impact on her community. Her favorite speaker was Richard Loat, CEO and founder of Sport for Food who knew how to connect with young people.
Mengjue learned that there are various institutions within Canada that support youth in making positive changes in their own communities. Non-profit organizations such as the Canada Service Corps and the Rising Youth program contribute significantly in assisting youth in making their sparks a reality within the community.
LeeAnn DeWolfe would like to create a canned presentation about the importance of different cultures in Canada to be presented within P.E.I. schools. The whole idea of it is that people shouldn’t be judged on their race, culture, etc.
Mengjue Chen would like to further dive into his passion for science and technology and share his knowledge about 3d printing with the community in the form of workshops or printing services at a significantly reduced rate.
In 2019, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award-Canada Passion to Purpose will be held in Nova Scotia.