Celebrating 60 Years

Throughout 2023, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Canada celebrates 60 of supporting young people. Since 1963 over 500,000 people have registered to do the Award, and thousands more have been involved through leadership, governance, and support.

Commemorating our past and building our future

Our 60th anniversary celebrations are for all members of our community past and present. It’s a moment in time to bring together our diverse community and remember what the Award has meant for so many.


Our aim is to emerge from this year stronger than ever. Striving to become the program of choice for helping young people discover and develop their infinite potential. To reach this aim, we invite you to join us in our mission to strengthen the Award. With your knowledge and experience, we will continue to build upon our legacy and continue to give more young people the chance to thrive.


As an organisation, our Alumni and support networks are one of our biggest strengths. You are part of our community, and our future. Our 60th Anniversary will be an opportunity  to connect with other Award Alumni, share your journey and be part of our year-long celebrations in 2023.


The Award is dynamic and continues to respond to the needs of our young people and their communities. It continues to evolve while staying grounded in the values that established it as the world’s leading youth self-development and achievement framework.


We are proud of what we accomplished over the past 60 years and together, with our Award community we will continue to ensure that all young people can participate in the Award.

How to Get Involved

Over the coming year, we are planning several events, engagement opportunities, and awareness campaigns that we are excited to share with you.  Stay tuned for more information on our 60th Anniversary Celebration calendar of events!


We hope you join us in October 2023 as we celebrate the impact of the Award!


Share your Award Story with us! We are looking to share stories of how the Award has impacted so many individuals over the last 60 years.

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Make it known that it’s our 60th Anniversary, and take part in this momentous milestone! Use the hashtags #Award60 #Prix60 and tag us @dukeofedcanada.

60 Stories Celebrating 60 Years of Impact

Throughout the year we will be featuring 60 stories from participants, Award Holders and Volunteers on how the Award has impacted their lives. Be sure to check back throughout the year as we share more incredible stories.

May 12, 2023

Venturing into the Outdoors, Leo’s Award Story

Leo is a Bronze Award Achiever and Silver Award Participant from British Columbia. As a participant who has a passion for the outdoors and adventure, The Award supports his goals. We are excited to share his story!

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April 24, 2023

Welcoming His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

We are delighted to welcome HRH, The Prince Edward in his first official visit to Canada as The Duke of Edinburgh. As the new patron of The Award, his visit celebrates 60 years of achievements of young people from 1963 to the present and future generations.

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April 06, 2023

Becoming Self Aware, Vito’s Award Story 

Vito is a Bronze and Silver Award achiever Holder and Gold participant from Quebec who has become self-aware from participating in the Award, here is his story.  

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March 31, 2023

Reaching Goals through Motivation, Jordan’s Award Story

Meet Jordan, a Silver Award Holder and Gold Participant from Manitoba. Jordan started the Award through Girl Guides, and it became a way to help her push her limits and reach her infinite potential.  

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March 24, 2023

Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset, Justin’s Award Story

Meet Justin, a Bronze and Silver Award holder from Ontario. Justin used opportunities promoted by the Award experience to develop a passion for software development and grow an entrepreneurial mindset.

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March 03, 2023

Capturing the Moments, Gabe’s Award Story

Meet Gabe, a Bronze Award participant from Ontario. Gabe has been grateful for the Award allowed him to grow his passion for photography and develop an interest in the outdoors.

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February 24, 2023

Pandemic Participant, Jacintha’s Award Story

Jacintha is a proud Bronze and Silver Award holder from Ontario who has overcome challenges, accomplished goals, and discovered her passion.

Jacintha was an active member prior to the Award but has learned the Award doesn’t compare because of its variety and values. The Duke of Edinburgh Award program teaches the value of hard work, fosters the importance of relationships, and gaining connections with community members, and has witnessed how passion can truly be turned into purpose. As a freshman in High School, Jacintha successfully completed the Bronze Award. She had such a great experience in all areas of the Award which motivated her to continue to the Silver Award.

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February 17, 2023

Developing Purpose, Charles’ Award Story

Meet Charles, a Gold Award participant from Calgary, AB. Since becoming an Award participant, Charles has grown in his communication, and accountability, and developed purpose in his life. The Award has impacted how Charles views social situations and is more willing to connect with diverse groups of people who he can learn new perspectives from.  

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We want to hear from you!

Have a story you want to share? Follow the the link below to share your Award Story with us!