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

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Alberta, Northwest Territories & Nunavut

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (the Award) - is the world's leading youth leadership and self-development framework, founded in the philosophy that personal empowerment is best achieved through community engagement. The Award framework encourages goal-setting and connects young people to opportunities in the areas of community service, physical recreation, skill development and outdoor exploration as an approach to building their confidence and increasing their leadership capacity. It’s an approach that works. From its humble beginnings with marginalized youth from East London in the U.K., the Award has expanded to 133 countries with over seven million participants worldwide, including 37,000 in Canada and over 6,500 in Alberta.

The Award is available to all young people aged 14 to 25 from all walks of life, regardless of ability, gender identification or socio-economic standing. Our division works hard to make sure that any young person interested in the Award is accommodated and supported on their journey to completing the Award. Ultimately the Award opens doors that lead young people to live their best possible lives.

 

THE AWARD IS COMPLETED IN THREE LEVELS AND IS COMPRISED OF FIVE COMPONENTS

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*The Gold Project requirement is only for the Gold Award level. 

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award offers the highest recognition in Canada for young people who meet their goals and challenges. The Bronze Award is presented by local community leaders; the Silver Award is presented by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. The Gold Award is presented to achievers by a member of the Royal Family or the Governor General of Canada.

 

AB, NT, & NU Division

As a division, we are here to guide and support participants through their journey to achieving Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. We are available to help participants and award leaders get connected to activities and opportunities that will challenge and encourage young people to explore their unique potential. Reach out to us at any time for assistance, we are happy to help! Contact Us Here!

 

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.

 

Help & FAQs

Can't find what you are looking for or need a few questions answered about the Award? Then send us an email admin@theaward.ca or check out FAQs . We are here to help.

If you have lost your certificate, pin, or handbook and want to replace it please visit the FAQs.

 

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.

 

Media

Check out our News and Events page to read the latest Newsletter, keep up to date with the latest contests, social events and scholarship opportunities. Join our Mailing list! Sign up to get interesting news and updates delivered to your inbox!

Please take a moment to complete our Social Event Survey.

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Donate

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Help Support Youth in Alberta, Northwest Territories & Nunavut

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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:

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Let's Do This – Together!

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Requirements & Registration Information To Start Your Journey!

Let’s do this! The Award is about individual challenge and developing a sense of commitment. With guidance from Award Leaders, Assessors and other Award volunteers, you are encouraged to examine yourself, your interests, abilities, and ambitions, then set challenges in the four different sections of the Award. These challenges become the goals young people aspire to reach and require persistence and determination to achieve. This program is all about individual challenge. We want you to work at your own pace.


"The Duke of Ed. Program is helping me grow up and learn how to be responsible. I started taking Cree lessons as my Skill, and it's taught be how to be patient, because learning a language take time. It's keeping me in touch with my ancestry and makes me feel more connected to my background...cause I'm Cree! Doing the Duke of Edinburgh's Award through the Tom Jackson Stay in School Program motivates me to try my best and not give up!"
– Bronze Participant

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Registering is the first step towards earning your Award, follow the step-by-step guideline below to learn how to sign up, how to achieve your Award, and how to plan your adventure.

 

/_uploads/images/od/Step1.pngSTEP ONE - Registration

Every Participant doing the program is required to be registered through their Division office. Hours spent on activities completed before registration cannot be counted towards the Award and registration dates cannot be backdated. Each young person doing the Award needs to be registered; 1) Sign up online or, 2) Download the registration form and mail it in.

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

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Want to sign up a group of participants?

 

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


THE AWARD IS COMPLETED IN THREE LEVELS AND IS COMPRISED OF FIVE COMPONENTS


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*The Gold Project requirement is only for the Gold Award level.


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?

  • You need to 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

 

Questions? Give us a call!


Graham McKelvie

Program Officer – Calgary
Phone: (403) 237-7476
Address: 111, 4515 Bow Trail SW, Calgary AB T3C 2G3
Email Graham

Diana Cretu

Program Officer – Edmonton
Phone: (780) 729-4279
Address: 111, 4515 Bow Trail SW, Calgary AB T3C 2G3
Email Diana
 

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.


Leader Resources

 

News & Events

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Career Opportunities

There are currently no career opportunities at this time.

 

Newsletters

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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:

Board

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Alberta Divisional Council 2018

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Council members are all volunteers who provide us with unique professional skill sets, insight and a vast amount of experience. Some of these specialized skill sets entail; marketing, fundraising, finance, and governance.
If you have a specialized skill and the time to commit and would like to volunteer for one of the Boards or committees, please contact our office.

 

Chairman

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

 

Vice Chair

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

 

Vice Chair

The Honourable Nellie Kusugak
Commissioner of Nunavut
Government of Nunavut

 

 

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

Mr. Al-Karim Khimji
Past-President

Mr. Trevor Church
Treasurer

Mr. James Walls
Director

Mr. Doug MacDonald 
Director

Mr. Lawrence Ward
Director

Ms. Karen Poirier
Director

Mr. Scott Birchall
Director 

Ms. Clare Smart
Director

Ms. Beth (Cole) Pollock
Director

Meet The Team

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Office Hours:

We spend time throughout the Division. Our general office hours are:
Monday to Friday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Please call or email before visiting the office to ensure we are here to greet you. 


GENERAL – admin@theaward.ca


COMMUNICATIONS – communications@theaward.ca


CEREMONIES & EVENTS – rsvp@theaward.ca



Staff Contact


Nancy Szabo

Nancy Szabo

Division President – Calgary
Email Nancy

Ashley Tedham

Ashley Tedham

Executive Director – Calgary
Email Ashley

Graham McKelvie

Graham McKelvie

Program Officer – Calgary
Email Graham

Diana Cretu

Diana Cretu

Program Officer – Edmonton
Email Diana


Youth Resiliency Project

Robyn Webster

ROBYN WEBSTER

Program Officer | Youth Resiliency Project – Edmonton
Email Robyn

Chantel Bender

CHANTEL BENDER

Program Officer | Youth Resiliency Project – Calgary
Email Chantel


Admin


For all general inquiries:

Email Admin

Address

Suite 111
4515 Bow Trail SW  
Calgary, Alberta T3C 2G3 


Phone

Calgary – (403) 237-7476
Edmonton – (780) 729-4279


Charitable Registration Number

11589 3489 RR0001

Donate To Birdies

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February 1, 2018 – September 2, 2018

Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink 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 honoured to be an expectant recipient of the proceeds. We will receive 100% OF ALL DONATIONS designated to the Award and up to 50% in matching funds! 

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

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
Address: 111, 4515 Bow Trail SW, Calgary AB T3C 2G3
Email Robyn

CHANTEL BENDER

Program Officer | Youth Resiliency Project – Calgary
Phone: 587-579-3985
Address: 111, 4515 Bow Trail SW, Calgary AB T3C 2G3
Email Chantel