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Divisions

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. 

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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

News & Events

Here's a local piece about our recent Gold Ceremony with Prince Edward.

Our next Online Record Book Leader Training is: Saturday, February 13. Click here to learn more.

The Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia's Flickr page can be found here. There are lots of photo sets, but keep an eye out for our Silver Ceremonies every once in a while!

Featured Award Unit - West Kings District High School

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West 
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.”

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Past Featured Units

Astral Drive

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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.

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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!”

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Annual Statistical Review 2014

New Registrants
How many young people joined The Award for the first time during the year?

 

  Male 

 Female 

  Total 

 Bronze

  240

  339

  579 

 Silver

  38 

  86 

  124 

 Gold

  31 

  37 

  68 

 Total 

  309

  462 

 771 

Awards Earned
How many young people completed an Award during the year?

 

  Male 

  Female 

  Total 

 Bronze

  98

  158

  256

 Silver

  36 

  33 

  69

 Gold

  10

  21

  26 

 Total 

  144

  207

  351

Participants
How many young people have actively participated in The Award during the year?

 

  Male

  Female

  Total 

 Bronze

  953 

1354 

 2307 

 Silver

  322

  556

  878

 Gold

  129

  169

  298

Total 

  1404

  2079

  3483

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A huge thank you to our sponsors!

 

And another huge thank you to our Nova Scotia Board of Regents!

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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
  • 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: novascotia@dukeofed.org

    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 
    cmiller@dukeofed.org

    Meredith Higgins
    Award Officer
    (902) 425-5454, ext. 320
    mhiggins@dukeofed.org

    Matt Godfrey
    Programme Assistant
    (902) 425-5454, ext. 227
    mgodfrey@dukeofed.org