The Duke of Edinburgh's International Awards spotlights Gold & Silver Medal recipient Vanessa Tignanelli

The Duke of Edinburgh Canada and I sat down for an interview to discuss the Awards Program offered to students worldwide, the opportunities it provides, and what it did for me as a young girl deciding what to devote her life to.

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A few words from the Duke of Edinburgh:

"Vanessa Tignanelli vivaciously embodies the characteristics that The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award promotes. It’s a common theme with Duke of Ed participants: find your limit – and then surpass it. Born and raised in North Bay, Ontario, she's embraced her northern roots hiking through the bush with camping and camera gear strapped to her back. 

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a thousand words could never do justice to the stories that Vanessa has captured from behind her lens. A photographer at heart, she is currently studying photojournalism at Loyalist College in Belleville.

Tignanelli enrolled for the Award when she signed up to do missionary work with Habitat for Humanity, and agreed to speak with The Duke of Ed about her Award experiences, what drives her, and why she believes everyone should embrace the opportunity to participate in The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award."

Published October 7, 2016