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Determine what level is right for you. The Award is divided into three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold.


Additional  COVID-19 Updates

Passion to Purpose 2020 at the University of Waterloo has been postponed to a later date due to the outbreak of COVID-19. We are monitoring the situation daily, and will work to confirm a new date once clearance has been issued by the Federal Government. Now more than every doing something of service for your community is needed. Consider applying for our Passion to Purpose Community Service Grant of either $250, $750 or $1,500 to do a community service project that are within health guidelines of your local and provincial area.
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What we do

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a global non-formal education and learning framework  which recognizes and celebrates young people's achievements outside of the classroom.The Award allows young people to determine what they are passionate about, regardless of their background, culture or access to resources. By creating opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure, the Award can play a critical role in their development.​ 



Our Framework

The Award is completed in  three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold . There are four Sections of activities for all Award levels, plus a Gold Project at the Gold. ​ 


Give back

​The Award encourages young people to spend time volunteering in their community, which both benefits others and contributes to their own growth and well-being.

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Find your genius

Participants can choose to improve on an existing skill or try something completely new, as they develop personal interests and enhance their practical and social skills.

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Break a sweat

Physical Recreation encourages healthy behavior not only for Participants, but also for their communities, via improved health, or active participation in team activities. This section specifically aims to impacts the health, team skills, self-esteem and confidence of Participants.

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Get Wild

The Adventurous Journey sparks exploration and drives a sense of adventure, as small teams plan, train and undertake a journey through an unfamiliar environment.

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Go away, explore, discover

Completed at the Gold level, the Gold Project provides a Participant the opportunity to learn how to work with people of different backgrounds, develop skills and build confidence living in new environments.​

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Giving Back
We believe that a culture of giving and volunteerism is the key to a successful society.
The minimum total number of hours devoted to volunteering by participants who completed Award during 2017
$2.3 million
The minimum social economic value of hours participants who completed the Award donated back to Canadian communities in 2017.