A Royal Affair


Cue the trumpets! Two Wheel View got the chance to meet His Royal Highness Prince Edward at the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Youth Showcase on June 24th in Calgary. The Alberta, Nunavut and North West Territories Division of the Award hosted this event in conjunction with their Gold Award ceremony. It was a showcase some of their partners and participants with performances and skill demonstrations from the four different components of the Award: Skills, Physical Recreation, Service, and Adventurous Journeys. We are so grateful to be included!

Two Wheel View was well represented with six past TWV trip participants in attendance.

Seth Harasem-Mitchell (2nd Badlands to Banff Trip 2014), Levi Harasem-Mitchell (Argentina 2015) and Stephanie Pye (Argentina 2015) represented TWV at the booth and shared their TWV trip experiences with HRH Prince Edward. Thanks to them and their families for joining Colin and I. You are incredible champions for our organization.

Congratulations to George Potter who participated on our Quebec Trip with Woodcliff United Church, 2015!

It was an honour to have Raine McDougald on our first 1st Badlands to Banff (2013) trip. She read the final address and thank you to Prince Edward. Congratulations on your award Raine!

“I’d like to begin by thanking His Royal Highness Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, for being with us here today to present the Gold Award. Thank you for making this a moment that none of us will ever forget!

I’m honoured to be here on behalf of myself and my fellow achievers and to share my experiences with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Program.

The Award program wasn’t always easy, but it helped me build confidence that I can achieve my goals. I need that confidence the most during my Adventurous Journey, for mine I bicycled from Drumheller to Banff National Park. If you have ever driven from the Badlands into the mountains you will understand… it is ALL uphill.

This reminds me of a Samuel Smiles quote, “The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill. If there were no difficulties, there would be no success. If there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing achieved.”

Time and time again, I have pushed myself beyond limits I could never have imagined.”

~ Raine McDougald.

Congratulations also to Moriah Ohlhauser, a participant on our 2nd Badlands to Banff (2014) trip.

Thank you the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Alberta, Nunavut and Northwest Territories Division for the invitation to be a part of this incredible event and for your continued partnership and friendship. Our 4th annual Duke of Ed Badlands to Banff trip kicks off August 4th, 2016 in Drumheller. We invite Duke of Ed participants and groups looking for an Adventurous Journey or Residential Project to connect with us by email or at the Two Wheel View website.

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