Welcome to Nova Scotia 

We are your division, and will be your point of contact. As your division, we are here to guide and support you, while on the road to completing The Award.  Can't find what you are looking for or need a few questions answered about your Award? Then send us an email. We are here to help.

If you would like to register on the Online Record Book, please click here. If you do not see your Award Unit listed, please contact your Award Leader or the Nova Scotia office. 

Sign up for our newsletter here.

We would like to thank our generous sponsors, who are helping to Make a Difference in the lives of young people in Nova Scotia. If you would like to become a donor on a regional level to Make a Difference in the lives of young people in your community, please visit the supporter section of our website or send us an email

Nova Scotia Resources

  1. Adventurous Journey Resources
  2. Service Opportunities
  3. Online Record Book Resources (coming soon!)
  4. 2014 Annual Report
  5. Merchandise
  6. Forms

News & Events

Duke Awareness Week!

Happening October 19-24, Duke Awareness Week is kicking off with a flag raising at Province House on Monday, October 19th at 10:00 am. Everyone is welcome to attend! You can also participate by having a flag raising at your own school! Details about Duke Awareness Week will be shared on our social media.

Other events include:

Talk-it up Tuesday, Oct 20
Plan an information session in your school,  university, youth group, etc.  Maybe visit the younger grades, or another group, to let them in on the Duke Programme too!

A-WEAR-ness Wednesday, Oct 21 
Wear Award Pin, hat, or clothing with pride, to help us raise awareness.

Thank You Thursday, Oct 22
Recognize members of your community (leaders, teachers, assessors, family, etc.) who have supported and helped you to participate in the Award Programme.

Fitness Friday, Oct 23
Stay active, and take part in a physical recreation activity this Friday. While you're at it, use your hours towards your Award Level!


Service Saturday, Oct 24

We're hosting a cleanup from 8:30 am to 10:00 am at McCormack's Beach in Eastern Passage.

Just show up at McCormack's Beach on Saturday morning - we'll provide the gloves, garbage bags, and even some snacks! AND Participants will get a free Duke NS T-Shirt. Earn some Service Hours and give back to your community with us!






Next Online Record Book Leader Training: TBD

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
5516 Spring Garden Road, Sport Nova Scotia, Classroom 3rd Floor

Online Record Book (ORB) Training

This workshop is designed to provide leaders and prospective leaders with an overview of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Programme, Online Record Book and to help leaders establish their groups. Canada has adopted the new International Standards and these changes will be introduced in this workshop.  Starting in September 2013, all new groups and participants will be using the ORB system so it is imperative that Duke Leaders become familiar with this system.  Materials provided include a Leader’s Manual and everything needed to start your group.  This workshop is recommended for all current and prospective Duke Leaders.

Special Session Information / Notes:

  • Please bring a laptop.  Google Chrome web browser works the best and the Windows Xp operating system doesn't work at all with the ORB System.
  • With Canada adopting the new International Standards, this workshop should be attended by both new leaders and existing leaders as they will all find the information relevant.
Stay tuned for more training dates. If your group is interested in being part of the Online Record Book please get in touch with Meredith Higgins at

Featured Award Unit - West Kings District High School


Kings District High School is located in the picturesque Annapolis Valley community of Auburn, between Kingston and Aylesford, surrounded by apple orchards and farmland.  There are currently about
750 students enrolled in Grades 9 to 12.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award Unit at West Kings has a long history, awarding its first award in 1981 and over 250 awards at all levels since that time, including 44 Gold.  The program has some new volunteers this year and a large number of participants from last year’s program at one of its feeder schools. 
Student Council president and Gold level participant, Meghan Breckon, has been involved in the program for 3 years now. “Being a part of this program has allowed me to become a more determined and confident person. I am very happy that I joined this program as I have made many memories and met many new people, and am excited for what my year at the Gold level will bring!”
Megan Gibson, is a grade 9 Silver participant, who earned her Bronze in the Berwick program. “I thought it was really great that there is a program that acknowledges what kids do and being able to get a high school credit for that is really cool. I had a great time last year and being able to spend time with my friends and learn new skills together was really fun! The Duke of Ed program has taught me many things and I am looking forward to learning many more this year!”
The group maintains contact through meetings twice a month, emails and recently started a Facebook group.  There are plans for a website through the school for interested students to get more information on the West Kings program.
Barry Squires is the principal at West Kings, “I am extremely proud of the Duke of Edinburgh program at West Kings District High School. Duke of Ed has been an integral part of the fabric of our school community for some years now, and it continues to challenge students of all backgrounds to be better citizens.  I am an outdoor enthusiast myself, and am more than aware of the opportunities for personal growth and leadership development that Duke of Ed brings to these students.  None of this would be possible without the involvement of community members, and this partnership is yet another strength of this great program.  We have consistently seen our student leaders grow and prosper through Duke of Ed, and I very much wish to see it continue to grow at West Kings.”
Some of the group’s volunteer activities this year include - Student Council leadership, Legion Leadership Training Camp and West Kings Remembrance Ceremony, Me to We, Scare Away Hunger and Fill-A-Bus food drives, nursing home volunteers, Berwick After School Program, Run For The Cure, Veteran Walk-About, Sunday School teachers, Vacation Bible School music director, swimming instructors and the list goes on.  “I don’t know where they find the time for all these activities,” says Robert, “but they do and I am very proud of all our youth and our program at West Kings.”


Past Featured Units

Astral Drive


Former home to hockey stars Sidney Crosby and Joe DiPenta, Astral Junior High is a dynamic school of over 450 kids from Grade 7-9 nestled in the heart of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.  Our group has grown in the past five years to now include almost 50 students and is a part of the way of life for almost 30% of our grade 9 students here at the school.
Bronze Award recipient Mackenzie Cooze says, “The Duke Program is very beneficial for students and people of all ages. I know myself that what I took back from the completion of my Award was being
able to be self-sufficient, obtaining people skills, learning to 'tough it out' and a feeling deep within to strive for success. I got the opportunity to meet new people and get involved in my community. Because of this, I am thankful for the Duke of Edinburgh Program.”

Whether it is planting shrubs and landscaping the school grounds, organizing food drives for our local food bank, or Christmas carolingfor Adsum House, our Duke students are always looking for ways to give back to their school and community.  This program allows our Duke
students give back to our community through many local groups such as the Parks and Rec program, the Boys and Girls Club, and our local churches and businesses to name but a few.

Without dynamic leaders like three year veteran Ian McKergow, this program would not be possible. As he states, “Our annual trip to Keji National Park is a highlight for me as well.  Our students come to us with a wide range of experience levels when it comes to camping and hiking.  I’m always impressed with how well they do on the hike.  And, of course, it’s always interesting to see what they’ll be cooking!”

For Heather Aucoin, a silver volunteer leader who has been involved with the program for over 13 yrs, this program is her passion. “Thanks to the amazing support from the provincial Duke office and our parents and community, this program is able to reach many youth where they are able to develop life-long skills that they will build upon as they journey forward in life. Whether it is learning a new skill, being physically active, volunteering their time, or completing the 20 km expedition, there is no greater joy than seeing their sense of pride and accomplishment as they receive their award. Every school in Nova Scotia should come part of this adventure!”





Annual Statistical Review 2014

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Nova Scotia Board of Regents


As a non-profit organization, we are looking for ways to support and sustain the momentum of this great program.  Thus, we have founded the Nova Scotia Provincial Board of Regents, the chair of which is Dr. Colin Dodds, President of Saint Mary’s University.  Membership on the Board of Regents is limited and by invitation.  Regents are asked to contribute a one-time donation to become life-long members and supporters of the Provincial Division.  

Regents are recognized each year with a Regent’s Social, hosted by our Honourary Patron, the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.  Regents are also invited to all special events and the list of Regents is published in all our supporting documents (i.e.: website, newsletters, e-bulletins, programmes, etc.).  The following individuals have generously agreed to join our Board of Regents and we are grateful for their significant contributions.

  • Keith and Heather Barrett
  • Anne Campbell and John Lindsay
  • The Honorable Hiram and Ruth Carver
  • Joan and Jack Craig
  • Dr. Colin Dodds and Carol Dodds
  • The Honorable Michael Shearer and Elizabeth Delory
  • The Honorable Donald and Linda Oliver
  • Don and Robin Todd
  • Justice Margaret J. Stewart
  • We would also like to thanks the following local donors for their generous support:

    • TD Waterhouse
    • BoyneClarke
    • Sport Nova Scotia
    • Halifax Kinsmen Club, and
    • The Halifax Youth Foundation

    We are run by a board a directors. Please click here to read more.

    Contact Us

    Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - Canada - Nova Scotia

    5516 Spring Garden Road, 4th Floor
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    B3J 1G6

    Phone: (902) 425-5454 x 227
    Fax: (902) 425-5606
    General Inquiries:

    Office Hours
    Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Charitable Registration Number
    86872 5961 RR0001

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    Connie Miller
    Executive Director
    (902) 425-5454, ext. 329

    Meredith Higgins
    Award Officer
    (902) 425-5454, ext. 320

    Matt Godfrey
    Programme Assistant
    (902) 425-5454, ext. 227