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.

Share Your Award Story Here

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.

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May 23, 2024

Award Canada is excited to announce its Co-curricular Strategy

Award Canada is transforming secondary education by integrating co-curricular experiential learning into existing frameworks. In partnership with educational stakeholders, the Award is addressing skill gaps, fostering student engagement, and validating non-formal learning.

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December 01, 2023

Marjorie Purdy

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#LeadersofToday Life After the Award September 28, 2023

Join me in making a difference

Award Holder networking event

In this open letter to Award Holders from Alex Li - Director of Youth and Alumni, he is inviting Award Holders to join him at a Shoreline Clean Up as part of Award Awareness Week. It is also a call-to-action to inspire other Award Holders across Canada to host their own Shoreline Clean up in their community! Read Alex's letter and prepared to be inspired!

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September 22, 2023

Sandra Swieter

Read Sandra's Award story!

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September 08, 2023

Becoming Confident, Hamza’s Award Story

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August 10, 2023

In the Depths of Sailing, Kristen’s Award Story

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August 04, 2023

Flight of the Dandelion Seeds, Lea’s Passion to Purpose Story

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July 13, 2023

Pursuing New Skills: Shafagh Razaghzadeh Shabestari

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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!