About The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - Ontario
The Duke of Ed Award believes that not all learning happens in the classroom and our aim is to help equip young Canadians aged 14-24 for success in life. By recognizing all of the amazing things young people can do and learn outside the boundaries of formal education, the Award empowers them to discover hidden talents, develop untapped leadership potential, make a difference in their community and explore the wonders of the great outdoors.
The personal journey to earn the Award requires young people to look beyond their comfort zone and tap into their sense of discovery. Participants set and achieve personal goals in activities they want to experience and develop, making each Award a unique journey. Simply put, they design a blueprint to transform their lives and we support them each step of the way.
The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award recognizes participants' milestones at the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels during which they challenge themselves in the following areas: Community Service, Physical Recreation, Skill Development, and an Adventurous Journey.
Your support will enable us to develop and sustain the program in hard to reach and hard to serve youth communities, in turn providing participants with the support they need to realize their own goals and achievements.
What People Are Saying
"There is a very big difference between living IN the community and being PART of the community. This award program nurtures participation, inclusion, and truly being OF the community. There isn't much that's more valuable than that!"
— Kelli, Award Leader
"Because of the Award, I am confident, outgoing and extroverted."
— Olivia, Gold Award Achiever, Read More
"The Duke of Ed program has pushed me outside my comfort zone."
— Connor, Silver Award Achiever
"I learned that this experience was transferable to many aspects of my life."
— Chas, Bronze Award Achiever
"When you perceive challenges in a different way, you can always see success at the end of it"
— Carissa, Bronze Award Achiever