Today's Date: December 2, 2023
Texas Couple Recognized with St. Jude Hero Among Us Award   •   Approved Oil Company Secures Exclusive Multi-Year Deal to Power All NYC Agencies with Renewable Diesel, Boosting Green Initiativ   •   NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE'S ALL-NEW NORWEGIAN VIVA COMPLETES HER EXCLUSIVE CHRISTENING VOYAGE FOLLOWING A STAR-STUDDED EVENT IN MIAM   •   Two PRA Group Leaders Win Stevie® Awards in 2023 Stevie Awards for Women in Business   •   State Grid Corporation of China Attended COP28 with Report on Promoting the Action for Green-oriented Transition of Energy   •   Vertical Receives Continued Listing Standard Notice from NYSE   •   The Children's Home of Wyoming Conference Provides Notice Following Data Security Incident   •   MeatEater Hires Andrew Barge as Chief Content Officer   •   Stretch Recovery Lounge Expands: Grand Opening of 6th Location – Upper East Side, New York City   •   Female Student-Athletes File Title IX Sex Discrimination Class Action Against University of Oregon   •   Statement on behalf of the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health   •   CF Industries Holdings, Inc. to Participate in Upcoming Investor Conferences   •   Empire BlueCross BlueShield Foundation Invests $300,000 in Housing Works’ Digital Food Market Expansion   •   11 Winners Recognised at Zayed Sustainability Prize Awards Ceremony held during COP28 UAE   •   TRANSLATE HATE: HOW TO RECOGNIZE ANTISEMITIC LANGUAGE   •   Electra Announces Proposed Amendments to Outstanding Warrants   •   Sarah Jakes Roberts' Celebrated Woman Evolve Returns to Globe Life Field for Annual Women's Conference   •   ComEd Celebrates First Graduates of Technical Focused Career Training Program   •   Eion Appoints Anastasia Pavlovic as Chief Executive Officer   •   Canadian Kids Invited to Design the Dream Car of the Future
Bookmark and Share

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award in Canada Celebrates 60th Anniversary and reinforces its commitment to youth empower

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award in Canada Celebrates 60th Anniversary and reinforces its commitment to youth empowerment

Canada NewsWire

TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2023 /CNW/ - The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award in Canada is proud to mark its 60th Anniversary with a renewed sense of purpose and commitment to empowering young people across the nation. As the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Award has emerged with a new national structure which has streamlined and unified the organization, so it is poised for continued growth. The revival of Award Canada aims to elevate the access, reach and impact of its internationally accredited non-formal education framework by building partnerships with likeminded organizations, so all young people in Canada can access and benefit from its personal development opportunities.

Award Canada is building a legacy that reinforces its commitment to youth empowerment

Throughout its 60-year journey, The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - Canada has demonstrated its resilience and adaptability, particularly during the challenging times brought about by the pandemic. The following highlights showcase the Award's impact and progress during its 60th Anniversary celebration:

Expanded Access through a Virtual Award Centre: In response to changing circumstances, the Award has established a Virtual Award Centre (VAC) to ensure that all young people can participate. This initiative has been particularly successful, addressing the lack of in-person support systems and providing a truly inclusive and accessible option for individuals across Canada, regardless of location or local offerings. As the VAC continues to grow, it is becoming an integral part of the Award's mission to empower and reach all youth across Canada.

Expanding Reach through Partnerships: Significant strides have been made in expanding Award Centres, predominantly within public secondary schools and through partnerships with esteemed youth-serving organizations such as Scouts Canada, Aga Khan Council of Canada, and the Girl Guides of Canada. Additionally, a variety of youth-serving organizations have experienced significant growth and a surge in registrations for The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award.

Empowering High School Youth: Over 150 individual school and Award Centre licenses are being finalized, aimed at supporting more than 5,000 youth across the country in public secondary schools. Notably, all these Award Centres have committed to enrolling the same or even more youth in 2024, reflecting a positive rebound from the pandemic's impact on in-person schooling and youth development.

Co-curricular Provincial Expansion: We have been working with educational institutions, school boards and ministries of education to develop understanding of the Award as a co-curricular support within the public school system. Ongoing discussions are underway with four provinces, exploring the potential of whole school grade enrollment. Pilot programs are expected to commence in 2024, encouraging all students entering Grade 9 to engage in the Award. This whole-grade initiative pilot will provide youth the opportunity to engage in the Award with teacher support, as a co-curricular activity.

Future Legacy:As The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award in Canada celebrates its 60th Anniversary, it looks forward to creating a lasting legacy that opens doors for all young people in Canada to access its transformative non-formal education framework. The organization's goal is to empower young people across the nation to stride confidently into their future, equipped with essential life skills, resilience, and leadership capabilities.

Join Us in Creating a Brighter Future for Youth:

Discover how The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is making a difference in the lives of young people across Canada. Learn more about our impact and how you can support our mission. Visit to explore the possibilities and consider donating to provide opportunities for more young people to participate.

About The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - Canada:

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is a global framework designed to empower young people aged 14-24 to develop essential life skills, discover their potential, and make a positive impact on their communities. In Canada, the Award operates in all provinces and territories, helping thousands of young people realize their potential through a variety of challenging and rewarding activities. For more information, visit

SOURCE The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - Canada

Back to top
| Back to home page

White House Live Stream
Breaking News
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Sounds Make the News ®
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News