|Proud father, Bob - The Alberta Lieutenant Governor, His Honour Colonel (Ret'd) The Honourable Donald S. Ehtell - Jonathon Gordeyko (the silver award recipient) - proud mom, Deb - and the Aide de camp for His Honour.|
|Arriving at the McDougal Centre, downtown Calgary, on Friday evening.|
|Proud Auntie Jeanette, Jonathon, Dad and Mom.|
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is an international programme founded by the H.R.H. Prince Philip in 1956. The award came to Canada in 1963 and was established in Alberta in 1976. In the 34 years since, the organization has assisted thousands of young people in achieving this award. The current registration numbers about 9,000 young people between the ages of 14 & 25.
|Proud as punch!|
|Jeanette tried to present herself in some official role. Nice try!!!|
|Waiting in the lobby before being directed to our seats.|
|The opening speeches. The Lieutenant Governor seated - with his wife - right of screen.|
|Recipients told to give themselves a pat on the back.|
|The official presentation - and the exclusive silver award.|
|Jonathon is engaged in conversation with the President of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Jack Schneider.|
|Jonathon in an informal discussion with the Lieutenant Governor. Dad and mom, Bob & Deb enjoying the interchange.|
|Meeting Mrs. Ethell, the Lieutenant Governor's wife.|
|I engaged in chat with the 'Aide de camp' - the Lieutenant Governor's Armed Forces escort. He is a member of the Calgary Highlanders. We shared some good laughs. What a nice young soldier this fella is.|
|Enjoying the reception following the awards presentation.|
|Proud mom with her son.|
|Proud Aunt, Jeanette with Jonathon and mom, Deb.|
|A few minutes after we returned to the Gordeyko residence, our son Deni and Courtney arrived from Edmonton, Alberta, to spend the weekend celebrating Jonathon's award and his soon to be graduation from high school.|
|Three sisters: Jeanette, Darlene and Deb.|
|This hat say it all!|
|Check out these sleuths with their official badges.|
So, we celebrated late into the evening. Today presents a beehive of activities in the kitchen as the household prepares for a large group of young people - older ones too - to celebrate Jonathon's award and his graduation. Good fun to come.
Thanks for dropping by.