Nelson 15-year-old Sebastian Bodine received the bronze designation of the Duke of Edinburgh awards on November 22, making him the only Nelson achiever at the Trail ceremony.
Bodine, who is also a cadet, spent time volunteering selling poppies and helping out at two area churches to earn the designation. He also went on a sailing adventure.
During the ceremony, Bodine got to rub shoulders with congratulatory politicians, including Trail’s mayor-elect Mike Martin. And though he’s appreciative of the attention, he was also humble about his accomplishments.
“Anybody can do it. You don’t have to do anything other than what you want to do,” said Bodine, noting he tried to convince his fellow cadets to complete the tasks necessary to earn the award.
“It’s challenging but fun at the same time.”
Bodine now plans to pursue the silver designation, and ultimately the gold.
The Duke of Edinburgh awards were founded in 1956 by Prince Philip to help young people develop a sense of responsibility for themselves and their community.
Bodine said he’s passionate about Nelson, and proud to represent the community.
“It was pretty cool I was the only one,” he said.