The Diamond Jubilee Award is one of 30 Queen ll’s Diamond Jubilee Medallions that were given to the Educational Foundation (EF), to distribute among individuals in their community who have done significant work to “bridge gaps,” between people and cultures over the last 60 years.
For 19 years Donna Dalziel has been launching bridges from Prince Albert’s boreal plains to cultures around the world, over which more than 1,000 local youth have roamed.
“For me, starting this travel club (was about) embracing the cultural differences and teaching that to kids,” Dalziel said.
“We don’t want sameness and we want to bridge the gap between societies,” she said.
PAYTC has come to be well respected by other travel clubs, in large part because it pulls from the relatively small pool of Prince Albert, Dalziel said.
“It has been honoured with being one of the largest and one of the most successful travel clubs in North America.“
Dalziel flew to Toronto on Saturday to receive the award from the EF with whom PAYTC collaborates for all their travels.
Members of the PAYTC are gearing up for another big trip.
This Easter, 67 youth and advisors will be buckling in for the approximately 16-hour flight to Thailand.
The trip will last 15 days and include a ride on the back of the largest land animal in Asia, the Asian elephant.
While it is too late to sign up for the trip to Thailand, young people interested in joining PAYTC for an adventure, should register now for the 2014 trip to Switzerland and Italy, Dalziel said.
On Oct. 25, outside the Messiah Lutheran church, they will begin the registration process for 2014.
This is an earlier registration date than normal, however they have decided to do it this way so as to spread the cost across a longer stretch, Dalziel said.
To get the $150 off, applicants must register at an information session at the Messiah Lutheran Church on Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. or on the 29 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. -
“This way they don’t have to come up with as much money as quickly. So it will be $230 a month.”
By registering early, on either the 25th or the 29th of October, $150 will be removed from their trip cost.
While $230 a month for 17 months is still too much for some families, fundraising can make the trip doable, she said.
“Families who may not be able to travel, if they choose to work, they can get a lot of their trip paid for,” Dalziel said.
There are several fundraising opportunities throughout the year, Dalziel said and the more a young potential traveler and their family participates in the fundraising, the more money that gets directed to their trip costs.
“People can make a lot of money if they are willing to work,” Dalziel said.
Guidance is also provided to youth and their families on how to fundraise effectively and several fundraisers are a group effort with families working together.
To get the $150 off, applicants must register at an information session at the Messiah Lutheran Church on Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. or on the 29 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Registration costs $99 the registrants must provide at blank cheque.
“We have families who have fundraised their entire trip, and sometimes, those families would not have been able to allow their son or daughter to travel but because … they worked hard it was very doable,” Dalziel said.