Divisions

Welcome to the Divisional portal of the website. Within this section you'll find the resources at the local level to help you complete your Award journey. Your Division is the Province or Territory in which you currently live and are completing your Award.

Welcome to the Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut Division

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WHAT IS THE DUKE OF ED?

We challenge young Canadians to enhance their community in meaningful ways. The lessons they learn from developing transferable skills, increasing their fitness levels, cultivating a sense of adventure and volunteering will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Our inclusive philosophy champions a diverse array of youth to evolve as leaders by teaching them lessons they can employ in all aspects of their lives.

OUR IMPACT

Young people make positive changes to their lives and communities by participating in the Award. Our impact framework identifies these impacts and how the Award measures up against them.

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WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

Our division has become one of the fastest growing in the country, and we look forward to continuing to extend our reach and work towards achieving our ambition to provide every young person within our area with the opportunity to participate in the Award! Every $150 connects youth to the many benefits that the Award Program provides. Visit the Donate section of our website to learn more.

 

Thanks To Our Sponsors

We would like to thank our generous sponsors, who are helping to Make a Difference in the lives of young people in Alberta, The North West Territories and Nunavut. 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 Supporters section of our website or send us an email.

Donate

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Help Support Youth in Alberta, Northwest Territories & Nunavut


Donate to Birdies For Kids


Birdies For Kids - Shaw Charity Classic

Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is honoured to be participating in Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink. We will receive 100% of all donations designated to us and up to an additional 50% in matching funds.


The Duke Of Edinburgh's International Award

Donations like yours provide The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award with the funds required to ensure that all young people across Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, regardless of social, economic or geographical background, have the opportunity to participate in the Program. It is thanks to the on-going generosity of corporate and private donors, foundations and service organizations, that the Award is able to provide the necessary support to the hard to serve and hard to reach communities. Ensuring that leaders and volunteers are well trained, and in turn can support participants as they set their own goals and work towards achieving them in a safe and supportive environment. See Donation Details Below.


SOME OF OUR ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2017

  • The program has expanded to include over 300 communities across Alberta
  • Over 40% of participants reside in rural and remote areas
  • 77 new groups enrolled and with over 97 new volunteer mentors trained
  • 1332 new participants enrolled in the program as compared to 998 in 2016.
  • 419 participants completed the program and received their Award, up from 337 from 2016

DONATE TO THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD IN CANADA, AB, NT & NU DIVISION:

YOUR
JOURNEY
STARTS HERE.


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The Award is about setting goals and working towards them. With guidance from your Award Leaders, parents, and Assessors you are encouraged to examine yourself, your interests, abilities, and ambitions. You will set SMART goals for all the different sections of the Award, aim for these goals, and by showing improvement, achieve this Award. At each level of engagement, the Award demands progressively more time, commitment, and responsibility.

You can continue with activities you are already doing, or take the opportunity to try something new and develop a passion for something different.

Taking part in the Duke of Ed isn't easy-- it requires commitment over time. However, the sense of accomplishment you'll feel at the end of the journey will be worth it, because it will be something you did just for YOU! It also looks great on post-secondary applications, scholarships, CV's and job applications.

The Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others. The only person you compete against is yourself, by challenging your own belief about what you can achieve.

 

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The Award Program is open to anyone between the ages of 14 and 24. First you will need to decide which level is right for you.

There are three levels to the Award.
For each level there are four sections to be completed. At the Gold level, there is one additional section (Gold Project).


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Sign up online with ORB - The Online Record Book (ORB) is a web platform that allows participants to record their activities and submit their Awards. It also allows Award Leaders to monitor participants’ progress and approve submitted Awards.

There is a $50 Registration Fee for each level of the program.

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Want to sign up a group of participants?

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/_uploads/images/od/Step2.pngSTEP TWO - Achieving The Award



AT-A-GLANCE GUIDE, HOW TO COMPLETE YOUR AWARD

  • You can start at any Award level as long as you meet the minimum age requirements.
  • Starting the Award at the Silver or Gold level is known as Direct Entry.
  • All activities must be completed by the Participant's 25th birthday.

 

/_uploads/images/od/Step3.pngSTEP THREE - Ready To Submit

Once your Award level requirements have been completed, be sure to submit your documents. Click on the link below to review the Submission Checklist to make sure you have everything needed to complete your Award.

 

/_uploads/images/od/Step4.pngSTEP FOUR - What's Next?

Now that you’ve received your award, what’s next?

  • Add your Award to your resume, and any university and/or scholarship applications. For more information on how to do this, click here.
  • Follow us on LinkedIn and join our Alumni Group.
  • Give Back; become a mentor! To learn more, send us an email abnwtnu@dukeofed.org
 

Youth Resiliency Program

The Youth Resiliency Project (YRP) is a response to the need for innovative, flexible, effective youth programming that promotes and supports successful intervention, reintegration, and development for youth involved in the justice system.

 

 

Award Leader

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Who are Award Leaders?

A leader is a person who works or volunteers with youth as part of a larger organization, such as a school, Scouts, Guides, Cadets, or community organization. Leaders should have the opportunity to meet regularly with participants and be available to support the youth as they work towards their Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. All Award Leaders can access registration, training and resource materials with their Division Office.

The Award Leader’s aim is to help young people within their group to earn their Award and be recognized for their achievement. Leaders can be a great help in coordinating the Adventurous Journey, but do not have to as part of their leadership.


An Award Leader's Role:


COMPLETING TRAINING

Participate in Award Leader Training. Contact your local Award Officer to register.


REGISTERING PARTICIPANTS

The Individual Registration Form and the Group Registration Form can both be found online under Participants. Individual participants can submit their form online or by mail, while group registrations can be submitted only by mail.


HELPING PARTICIPANTS GET STARTED

  • Help participants organize activities that count towards Award levels
  • Communicate with the Award Office as needed

OFFERING MENTORSHIP & SUPPORTING PARTICIPANTS AS THEY WORK TO COMPLETE THEIR AWARD LEVELS

  • Instruct youth on how to enter events in the activity log correctly (either in the record book or online)
  • Assess or review Award submissions, and guide participants where necessary

ABIDING BY ALL POLICIES SET OUT BY THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’ INTERNATIONAL AWARD

This includes but is not limited to: the National Abuse Policy, National Risk Management Policy and National Branding policy, and the Award Standards.


CELEBRATING ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Attend Award Ceremonies
  • Share success stories and news about your group and participants with your divisional office
  • Present achievement pins and in some cases Bronze certificates

What’s the benefit of becoming an Award Leader?

Good question! Besides engaging with youth and aiding in their development of new skills, self-confidence, and a greater appreciation of the environment and community around them; you are building up your own skill set and resume with internationally recognized experience.


LIABILITY

Leaders and the organizations they represent are responsible for ensuring all criminal record checks and vulnerable sector screenings are up to date and that appropriate insurance is in place for any activities that the group undertakes. Organizations without these elements in place cannot run an Award Group Unit. However, youth in any organization can still participate in the Award as an Independent Participant.


News & Events

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Career Opportunities

There are currently no career opportunities at this time.

 

Newsletters

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 May 2018  June 2018  No July Edition  August 2018
 September 2018 No October Edition  November 2018  December 2018
       

 

Learning Opportunities

Scholarship opportunity for Alberta residents between the ages of 16 and 17 and-a-half, to study in an international setting for 2 years.

 

Alberta Scholarships 

https://studentaid.alberta.ca/scholarships/alberta-scholarships.aspx?

 

Socials

There are currently no socials planned at this time
 

Career Opportunities

 

SUMMER INTERNS

We're Hiring! Are you looking for a great gig this summer? We're looking for two amazing student interns to join our team from May to August: a Data Management Officer and a Youth Engagement & Communications Officer. Click below for job descriptions and how to apply:

 

Career Opportunities

 

SUMMER INTERNS

We're Hiring! Are you looking for a great gig this summer? We're looking for two amazing student interns to join our team from May to August: a Data Management Officer and a Youth Engagement & Communications Officer. Click below for job descriptions and how to apply:

 

Career Opportunities

 

SUMMER INTERNS

We're Hiring! Are you looking for a great gig this summer? We're looking for two amazing student interns to join our team from May to August: a Data Management Officer and a Youth Engagement & Communications Officer. Click below for job descriptions and how to apply:

 

Career Opportunities

 

SUMMER INTERNS

We're Hiring! Are you looking for a great gig this summer? We're looking for two amazing student interns to join our team from May to August: a Data Management Officer and a Youth Engagement & Communications Officer. Click below for job descriptions and how to apply:

The Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut Council of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award are all volunteers who provide us with unique professional skill sets, insight and a vast amount of experience.

If you have a specialized skill and would like to volunteer for the Board or its committees, please contact Nancy Jarjour-Szabo.

HONORARY CHAIR
The Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, CM, AOE, LLD,
Lieutenant Governor of Alberta

HONORARY VICE CHAIR
The Honourable Margaret M. Thom
Commissioner of the Northwest Territories
Government of the Northwest Territories

HONORARY VICE CHAIR
The Honourable Nellie Kusugak
Commissioner of Nunavut
Government of Nunavut


PRESIDENT
Mrs. Nancy L. Jarjour Szabo B.A., LL.B.

TREASURER
Mr. Trevor Church

DIRECTORS
Mr. Scott Birchall
Ms. Beth (Cole) Pollock
Ms. Clare Smart

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award
Canada – Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut Division

560–1201 5 St SW
Calgary Alberta  T2R 0Y6

Charitable Registration Number: 11589 3489 RR0001

 

abnwtnu@dukeofed.org

403-237-7476 | 1-800-668-3853 (toll-free)
867-873-1088 (Yellowknife)

Youth Resiliency Project

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The Youth Resiliency Project (YRP) is a response to the need for innovative, flexible, effective youth programming that promotes and supports successful intervention, reintegration, and development for youth involved in the justice system. Utilizing the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award framework as an outline, youth participating in the YRP are guided and mentored through community partnerships. By enabling and facilitating greater community participation, the project aims to foster personal growth and development in the lives of criminally involved youth between the ages of 14-17.


"This Award is the only thing I'm taking out of here, I'm leaving everything else behind me."
– Bronze Achiever, EYOC

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With generous funding from the Department of Justice Canada, our division has been afforded the opportunity to create the Youth Resiliency Project. The YRP is pleased to offer funding for participant enrolment fee, activity costs and materials associated with the Award journey.

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"In the last week, my girlfriend and my brother told me they were proud of me for all the stuff I'm getting involved in. No one has told me that before."
– Bronze Participant

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The Award offers non-formal education framework in which young people set their own targets, and choose the activities in which they want to participate in the areas of developing skills, keeping physically active, giving service and experiencing adventure. It can be adopted and fitted to the needs of other programs, such as the ones present in correctional facilities. The Award is participant-centred and can play a critical role in young people’s development during their time in correctional facilities and after their release.  


“New insight sheds light on the impact of the Award in Correctional Facilities”

Published on December 15, 2017, click here to read the article.


At Nelson Mandela’s request, the Award was introduced in correctional centres in South Africa in 1994. Since this time The President's Award for Youth Empowerment reports having enrolled over 40,000 young offenders aged 14-18 into the program. Young offenders interviewed after their experience with the Award described positive changes in their behaviour and attitude and reported that, as a result of being involved in the Award, they learnt a range of new skills and had been afforded positive experiences they had never had before.  

Research has shown young offenders’ participation in the Award results in a positive shift in attitudes towards reoffending, higher levels of victim empathy and a heightened awareness of the importance of helping. These Award participants experience increased confidence, communication skills and respect for others, as well as improved relationships with peers and staff.


"The Duke of Edinburgh has helped me push past my self-fulfilling road blocks and has taught me resiliency and perseverance."
– Bronze Achiever

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Youth Resiliency Project Officers invite all interested parties to connect to further discuss the project and the enrollment process and would be glad to answer any other questions.

 

Contact us today!


ROBYN WEBSTER

Program Officer | Youth Resiliency Project – Edmonton
Phone: 780-266-1988
Email Robyn

CHANTEL BENDER

Program Officer | Youth Resiliency Project – Calgary
Phone: 587-579-3985
Email Chantel

Donate To Birdies

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February 1, 2019 – September 1, 2019

Birdies for Kids is a non-profit program run under the Calgary Shaw Charity Classic Foundation. The program is designed to help raise funds for local charities, engage the community in the Shaw Charity Classic golf tournament, and provide matching funds for each charity involved. The program itself acts as a partnership builder between donors and charities, as all money will flow through the Calgary Shaw Charity Classic Foundation to Alberta charities.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (the Award) is honored to be an expectant recipient of the proceeds. We will receive 100% OF ALL DONATIONS designated to the Award and up to 50% in extra funding through the matching gift program. Contributions are generated through flat donations or based on the number of “birdies” made by Champions Tour players during the 2019 Shaw Charity Classic.

Please support the Award using the Birdies For Kids program to maximize your donation and your dollars! THANK YOU.