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Youngsters celebrate DofE success

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ONE hundred young people from right across the region have been presented with Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme certificates (DofE).

A celebration event was held at the Easterbrook Hall in Dumfries last week to mark their achievements at bronze, silver and gold levels.

The youngsters came from Stranraer Academy, Cairnsmore Open DofE Centre, Dalbeattie Learning Campus, Dumfries High School, Dumfries Open DofE Centre, St Joseph’s College, Wallace Hall Academy, Moffat Academy, Langholm Academy, Lockerbie Academy, and Annan Academy.

To be successful and achieve an award, they had to volunteer, learn a skill, do a sport and undertake a team expedition.

Congratulating them, Councillor Adam Wilson, Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Young People’s Champion, said: “It was fantastic to be able to bring together so many young people who have achieved a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Dumfries and Galloway. The life skills and commitment each of the award achievers have developed will put them in great stead for their futures, and the contributions they have made to their communities through volunteering has made a massive difference to the lives of others in our region.

“I’d also like to thank the council’s youth work team for their work running the DofE, and the teachers and volunteers who give up their time on a weekly basis helping our young people reach their potential.”

As well as the awards for youngsters, there was also recognition for some of the programme’s leaders: Anne and Alec Barclay, and Mike Skinner who were instrumental in starting up the Annan Academy group and making it flourish received certificates for 15, 15 and 11 years respectively; Catherine McNay from Lockerbie Academy received her 16-year award; while Lisa Martin from the Cairnsmore Open DofE Centre in Newton Stewart and Chris Rossi from St Joseph’s College both received eight year awards.

Alistair Bremner from Dalbeattie also collected his 22-year long-service award.

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