Royal honour for young Carlisle resident

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The next time Matthew Davidson of Carlisle steps forward to receive an award, he might be travelling as far as Windsor Castle in England. Or he could travel to Ottawa to pick up the Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award in the Young Canadians Challenge. In either case, it will be a member of England's Royal Family who will present the award to him.

The 16-year-old youth and Grade 11 student at Hillfield-Strathallan College in Hamilton was recently presented with the Silver Award in the program, which focuses on individual achievement and is tailor-made to help young people develop a sense of responsibility to themselves and their community. Matthew, son of Peter and Adrienne Davidson, was one of 76 young people across Ontario who received the Silver Award of Achievement at a ceremony held in Queen's Park last month. The awards were presented by Ontario's Lieutenant-Governor, James K. Bartleman.

The program, founded by Prince Philip, is designed to encourage personal development and community involvement. It offers bronze, silver and gold awards and is open to young people between the ages of 14 and 25. Participants qualify for the award by attaining personally established goals in the areas of community service, skills development, physical fitness and expeditions.

While Matthew is quick to point out that having the awards "looks good on your resum," he doesn't minimize the hard work that goes into obtaining them. For him, it was a natural fit.

Already active in volunteer and community service work through his involvement with the Air Cadets (826 Gryphon Squadron) and the private school which he attends, it became simply a matter of doing more in the community.

"Several senior Cadets were involved in the program (Young Canadians Challenge) and it appealed to me," he explained. "It's not a hardship. It just means doing more of what I have been doing."

Matthew received the program's bronze award when he was 14. Just over a year ago, he set his sights on the silver award. In the area of community service, he has worked as a volunteer for the YMCA, the Optimist clubs of Waterdown and Carlisle, and the Rotary Club of Hamilton. He also volunteers his time as a tutor at school and is an active participant in the Air Cadet corps, which he joined five years ago. He was promoted just this past May to the rank of Flight Sergeant.

The skills development part of the program includes a recent interest in photography, which he took up about a year ago. He has a 35-mm camera and likes taking shots of nature whenever he gets a chance.

Physical recreation offers no hurdle for Matthew, who participates in a variety of sports, including biking, track and field, hockey, soccer, football, and golf. He is also involved in scuba diving and flying. This summer, he completed a six-week course and obtained his glider pilot's licence; he plans to train for his airplane pilot's licence later this year. (Matthew's interest in flying isn't all that surprising given that his dad is an Air Canada pilot.)

Completing the expedition part of the program proved to be quite an adventure for Matthew, who joined nine other youths and two counselors from the YMCA's Camp Wanakita on a five-day canoe trip down the Magnetewan River in the Haliburton region this summer. It was an experience he won't soon forget.

A minimum of a year's work is needed to attain the Gold Award. Matthew has already thrown himself into the challenge. He likes the idea of setting goals and achieving them and he has definitely got his mind set on 'getting the gold.'

Royal honour for young Carlisle resident

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The next time Matthew Davidson of Carlisle steps forward to receive an award, he might be travelling as far as Windsor Castle in England. Or he could travel to Ottawa to pick up the Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award in the Young Canadians Challenge. In either case, it will be a member of England's Royal Family who will present the award to him.

The 16-year-old youth and Grade 11 student at Hillfield-Strathallan College in Hamilton was recently presented with the Silver Award in the program, which focuses on individual achievement and is tailor-made to help young people develop a sense of responsibility to themselves and their community. Matthew, son of Peter and Adrienne Davidson, was one of 76 young people across Ontario who received the Silver Award of Achievement at a ceremony held in Queen's Park last month. The awards were presented by Ontario's Lieutenant-Governor, James K. Bartleman.

The program, founded by Prince Philip, is designed to encourage personal development and community involvement. It offers bronze, silver and gold awards and is open to young people between the ages of 14 and 25. Participants qualify for the award by attaining personally established goals in the areas of community service, skills development, physical fitness and expeditions.

While Matthew is quick to point out that having the awards "looks good on your resum," he doesn't minimize the hard work that goes into obtaining them. For him, it was a natural fit.

Already active in volunteer and community service work through his involvement with the Air Cadets (826 Gryphon Squadron) and the private school which he attends, it became simply a matter of doing more in the community.

"Several senior Cadets were involved in the program (Young Canadians Challenge) and it appealed to me," he explained. "It's not a hardship. It just means doing more of what I have been doing."

Matthew received the program's bronze award when he was 14. Just over a year ago, he set his sights on the silver award. In the area of community service, he has worked as a volunteer for the YMCA, the Optimist clubs of Waterdown and Carlisle, and the Rotary Club of Hamilton. He also volunteers his time as a tutor at school and is an active participant in the Air Cadet corps, which he joined five years ago. He was promoted just this past May to the rank of Flight Sergeant.

The skills development part of the program includes a recent interest in photography, which he took up about a year ago. He has a 35-mm camera and likes taking shots of nature whenever he gets a chance.

Physical recreation offers no hurdle for Matthew, who participates in a variety of sports, including biking, track and field, hockey, soccer, football, and golf. He is also involved in scuba diving and flying. This summer, he completed a six-week course and obtained his glider pilot's licence; he plans to train for his airplane pilot's licence later this year. (Matthew's interest in flying isn't all that surprising given that his dad is an Air Canada pilot.)

Completing the expedition part of the program proved to be quite an adventure for Matthew, who joined nine other youths and two counselors from the YMCA's Camp Wanakita on a five-day canoe trip down the Magnetewan River in the Haliburton region this summer. It was an experience he won't soon forget.

A minimum of a year's work is needed to attain the Gold Award. Matthew has already thrown himself into the challenge. He likes the idea of setting goals and achieving them and he has definitely got his mind set on 'getting the gold.'

Royal honour for young Carlisle resident

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The next time Matthew Davidson of Carlisle steps forward to receive an award, he might be travelling as far as Windsor Castle in England. Or he could travel to Ottawa to pick up the Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award in the Young Canadians Challenge. In either case, it will be a member of England's Royal Family who will present the award to him.

The 16-year-old youth and Grade 11 student at Hillfield-Strathallan College in Hamilton was recently presented with the Silver Award in the program, which focuses on individual achievement and is tailor-made to help young people develop a sense of responsibility to themselves and their community. Matthew, son of Peter and Adrienne Davidson, was one of 76 young people across Ontario who received the Silver Award of Achievement at a ceremony held in Queen's Park last month. The awards were presented by Ontario's Lieutenant-Governor, James K. Bartleman.

The program, founded by Prince Philip, is designed to encourage personal development and community involvement. It offers bronze, silver and gold awards and is open to young people between the ages of 14 and 25. Participants qualify for the award by attaining personally established goals in the areas of community service, skills development, physical fitness and expeditions.

While Matthew is quick to point out that having the awards "looks good on your resum," he doesn't minimize the hard work that goes into obtaining them. For him, it was a natural fit.

Already active in volunteer and community service work through his involvement with the Air Cadets (826 Gryphon Squadron) and the private school which he attends, it became simply a matter of doing more in the community.

"Several senior Cadets were involved in the program (Young Canadians Challenge) and it appealed to me," he explained. "It's not a hardship. It just means doing more of what I have been doing."

Matthew received the program's bronze award when he was 14. Just over a year ago, he set his sights on the silver award. In the area of community service, he has worked as a volunteer for the YMCA, the Optimist clubs of Waterdown and Carlisle, and the Rotary Club of Hamilton. He also volunteers his time as a tutor at school and is an active participant in the Air Cadet corps, which he joined five years ago. He was promoted just this past May to the rank of Flight Sergeant.

The skills development part of the program includes a recent interest in photography, which he took up about a year ago. He has a 35-mm camera and likes taking shots of nature whenever he gets a chance.

Physical recreation offers no hurdle for Matthew, who participates in a variety of sports, including biking, track and field, hockey, soccer, football, and golf. He is also involved in scuba diving and flying. This summer, he completed a six-week course and obtained his glider pilot's licence; he plans to train for his airplane pilot's licence later this year. (Matthew's interest in flying isn't all that surprising given that his dad is an Air Canada pilot.)

Completing the expedition part of the program proved to be quite an adventure for Matthew, who joined nine other youths and two counselors from the YMCA's Camp Wanakita on a five-day canoe trip down the Magnetewan River in the Haliburton region this summer. It was an experience he won't soon forget.

A minimum of a year's work is needed to attain the Gold Award. Matthew has already thrown himself into the challenge. He likes the idea of setting goals and achieving them and he has definitely got his mind set on 'getting the gold.'