Anniversary Resources

Celebrating 50 Years of Making a Difference

For 50 years The Duke of Edinburgh's Award has been helping shape young Canadians in to citizens who  give back to their community and strive to be the best they can possibly be. Throughout 2013 we celebrated this amazing milestone across Canada in a variety of ways, some at the national level and some at the local level. Without many of you, reaching this milestone would not have been possible. Catch up on some of the great stories from our 50th Anniversary year, below. 



November 1st, 2013
50th Anniversary Royal Gala
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Canada, a black tie Gala evening was held November 1st. The event was held in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and The Countess of Wessex, who are both active supporters of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Canada. Their Royal Highnesses were joined by Honourary Gala Patron The Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, and Honourary Gala Vice Patron The Lieutentant Governor David C. Onley and Mrs. Ruth Ann Onley. Click here to see photos and read more about this fabulous event. 

/_uploads/National/images/images.jpg  July-September 2013
Trans Canada Trail Challenge
Did you know the Trans Canada Trail is within 30 minutes of over 80% of Canadians and runs through or near 1,000 communities? This summer join the Duke of Ed on the Trans Canada Trail in celebration of our 50th anniversary. Take photos of your Duke of Ed experiences on the trail and share them with us! Tweet, Instagram us your photos using the hash tag #duke50. Be sure to tag and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dukeofedcanada .

/_uploads/National/images/Expedition50_logo-103x66.jpg  August 4-11, 2013
Expedition 50     
This event will bring together 50 current participants of the Award for a week in Jasper National Park to be part of three once-in-a-lifetime adventurous journey's. 20 Bronze participants will learn about aquatics and be part of a kayak journey on Lake Maligne. 20 Silver participants will focus on wildlife and will horseback through the Tonquin Valley in search of the Woodland Caribou, an icon of Canada. 10 Gold participants will set out to hike the Columbia Ice fields and climb Mount Castlegaurd. For more info click here
 /_uploads/National/images/2013_Sunset_ceremonies_website.jpg June 26-30, 2013
RCMP Sunset Ceremony
This year the RCMP has selected The Duke of Edinburgh's Award to be it's theme during the 2013 Sunset Ceremony which takes place in Ottawa from June 26-30. The event will be held daily from 7:30pm to 9:00pm rain or shine. If you happen to be in the Ottawa area during this amazing experience we encourage you to pack up some lawn chairs and blankets and head to the RCMP Stables at the Canadian Police College. It promises to be an amazing event. We can't think of a greater way to honour our 50th Anniversary! 
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/_uploads/National/images/Web_50thpg_Lead-Event_logo.jpg  August 17-23, 2013
LEAD 2013
This amazing event will bring 100 participants together at a camp in Northern Ontario for a week long event that will be filled with Award activities. For more information on this event click here.  


/_uploads/National/images/Website_DOEA_50thID_BILINGUAL.jpg  September 12, 2012
50th Anniversary Kick off and Gold Award, Ottawa ON

In Ottawa on September 12th 2012 in the presence of His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex, The Award officially kicked off it's 50th Anniversary celebration. The kick off event included a Gold Award Ceremony where 134 young people received their Gold Award from His Royal Highness. A live twitter board captured the highlights of the day, with everyone from participants, to staff, to volunteers, Award divisions across Canada tweeting well wishes on reaching this milestone!