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 BC & Yukon Division

 The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award empowers young people, ages 14 to 25, to give back to their communities, explore their interests and passions, commit to their health and wellness, and gain an appreciation for the natural environment.

Our Division supports over 16,000 youth in their journey to set and achieve goals and to become the best versions of themselves. Find out more about the Award and its phenomenal impacts for youth and your community.

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Participants

Taking on the Award challenge? Find resources to Start, Do, and Get your Award!
Or, REGISTER HERE!

Don’t feel like reading? Watch our short and easy how-to videos!

We are thrilled to launch our new Distance Learning hub. Click here to see this exciting resource page!

Award Unit Leaders

Award Leaders guide and mentor youth through their Awards, helping the newest generation become committed citizens of the world. Click here for Leader Resources!

Parents

Click here to find out how you can best support your youth through their Award experience.

Donors and Supporters

We are very grateful for our generous supporters, who make an immense difference in the lives of young people in British Columbia and the Yukon Territory. Visit our Supporters page!

Contact Us & Get in Touch!

If you cannot find the information you need, please contact our office – we are here to help!  There is no question too big or too small.

 

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Important Updates!

We’ve launched a new type of Record Book across the country! CLICK HERE to find out all about it and how to use it.

 

Participants, follow the links below to read about how you can do the Duke:

Start The Award - Requirements and registration information to Start Your Journey!

Do The Award - Everything you need to know about how to do your Award from picking assessors to planning your Adventurous Journey, and everything in between!

Get The Award - Ready to submit? Make sure to visit this page for submission requirements, forms and process!

Or, watch our short and easy How-to Videos!


More Resources to help you do the Duke of Ed!

  1. Record Book Supplement - Your ultimate guide to your record book and your Award experience!
  2. Cadets, Guides & Scouts! Did you know that your activities count for the Duke of Ed?
  3. Are you feeling overwhelmed by your Award? Don’t worry, you got this! Click here for 10 tips to help you move through your Duke of Ed! 
  4. We also have monthly live webinars with Q&A. Join us to connect, learn, and ask questions. To register, email Taylor at toriecuia@dukeofed.org

 

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   Duke of Ed Alumni

 
Loved your Award experience and want to stay connected?  

  • As a Duke of Ed Alumni, you are invited to annual networking and social events.
  • Please join our Alumni community by visiting facebook.com/groups/alumnibcyk to stay connected, informed, and active in the Award.
  • Has your contact information changed? Please let us know by emailing bcyk@dukeofed.org
  • Many of our amazing Alumni volunteer as Award Leaders and as mentors to the next generation of Achievers! Learn more on our Leader page!
  • Click here to see the impact our generous supporters have on the youth of today and the leaders of tomorrow – our BC and Yukon youth!
  • Join the BC & Yukon Board of Directors! After all, who knows what the program needs more than the Achievers of the program? Visit our Board of Directors page.
  • Have any questions? Contact Us!

 

 

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Meet the BC & Yukon Division Team

Meet our BC & Yukon Division Team

Meet our Board of Directors

See our Annual Report


Contact Division Team:

Address:
4086 Shelbourne Street
Victoria, BC  V8N 4P6

bcyk@dukeofed.org

                                  

Telephone:
Victoria 250-385-4232
Vancouver 604-682-5543
Toll Free  1-888-881-7788
Fax 250-385-1433

Sushil Saini
Executive Director
ssaini@dukeofed.org
250-385-4232 ext. 5

Lindsay Brookes
Manager of Philanthropy
lbrookes@dukeofed.org?
250-385-4232 ext. 6

Nikki Tellem
Division Administrator & Cadet Liaison
ntellem@dukeofed.org
250-385-4232 ext. 3

Brianna Wright
Bronze Award Officer & Registrations Liaison
bwright@dukeofed.org
250-385-4232 ext. 1

Taylor Oriecuia
Silver & Gold Award Officer & Leader Liaison
toriecuia@dukeofed.org
250-385-4232 ext. 2

The following Field Officers may be able to assist you with any questions you have or, if you are an Award leader, you can contact them to set up a presentation. 

Craig McCulloch
Lower Mainland Field Officer & Alumni Liaison
cmcculloch@dukeofed.org
604-318-2566

 

Charitable Registration Number: 12590 6545 RR0001

Click here for a printable list of contacts and social media links!

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 Thank you to our Gold Sponsor, Construction Foundation of BC, for the Duke of Ed Silent Auction & Mixer Event on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018!

 

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In 2012 the Construction Foundation of BC was launched by a group of dedicated construction professionals to act as a mechanism for industry to give back to the communities in which they live and work. Our mission is to build the next generation. We seek to strengthen the connection between school and work through industry leadership and increased awareness of diverse career opportunities, while creating environments in and out of school that support young people to learn by doing. The Foundation’s inaugural campaign, Project Shop Class, was developed to aid BC schools in the revitalization of their shop classes with new tools and equipment. To date, Project Shop Class has raised and distributed over $3M across the province. As a result, youth are now working with newer equipment and are developing a better understanding of what it means to work in industry. As part of the Foundation’s commitment to youth we also serve as a bridge to connect them with opportunities that lie within industry. Our initiative, Skills Ready (formerly Construction Ready), empowers young people to begin getting work-ready for a career in skilled trades and technologies. In addition, we also offer access to safety training, driver’s license training, introduction to sport, as well as specialized supports to youth in and from care. By developing partnerships with like-minded organizations, such as the Duke of Ed, the Foundation strives to support the next generation as they develop applied learning skills for life. Through hands on experience, young people will develop the connections and confidence to take the next steps towards employment and becoming engaged citizens.

 

 

Thank you to our Leaders of Tomorrow Campaign Supporters!

 

 Investing in the youth of today and the leaders of tomorrow through The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award - BC & Yukon Division.

Launch October 27, 2017
Fundraising progress: $14,190 (as of February 7, 2018)

All proceeds raised will go towards supporting the current 12,000+ youth and reaching out to hundreds of more youth in BC & Yukon. Together we can support the leadership development of our leaders of tomorrow. 

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (The Award) is the most prestigious youth award in the world and it is the only youth program of its kind. The Award provides youth with a structured program that they can tailor to their own passions and interests, develop leadership s kills, self - esteem, and evolve into the best versions of themselves as they transition into adulthood.

The program has three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold, and is open to any person between the ages of 14 and 24. Participants complete the Award by achieving personally established goals in the areas of Skill Development , Community Service, Physical Recreation, and Adventurous Journey s in nature.   

There are over 12,000 youth in BC and Yukon participating in The Award program but hundreds of thousands of youth in the province are not able to access The Award or its benefits because our Division currently lacks the resources to reach, engage, and support them. The BC & Yukon Division of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award requires the support of the philanthropic community to bring the Award program to all youth in the region as funding consists of grants, individual and corporate donations as there is no monetary support from the monarchy.

Please donate today by clicking “DONATE NOW” below.

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Thank you so much to our following donors for The Duke of Ed’s Leaders of Tomorrow Campaign!

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Special thank you to our following Grant Supporters!

 

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The concept of the Award is one of individual challenge. It offers young people a balanced, non-competitive program of voluntary activities which encourages personal discovery and growth, self-reliance,  perseverance, and responsibility. It equips them with life skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities, and to the world.

The Award operates in all ten provinces and three territories of Canada. Each area of the country is organized into regional divisions. On the local level our regional divisions receive support from many small  businesses, legions, service clubs and individuals, who are looking for a way to give back to the community. Offering support on the local level is very rewarding. You see first-hand how your support is giving local  youth the opportunity to challenge themselves and live the achievement of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Being a supporter at the Local or National level your donation provides Canadian youth the opportunity to face new experiences, develop confidence and create healthy and active individuals through their participation in the Award Program.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can support the Award Program, please contact the BC & Yukon Office at bcyk@dukeofed.org or 250-385-4232.

If you would like more information on becoming a National sponsor please contact the National Office or email info@dukeofed.org

 

Supporter News

 

Thank you David Spence and Donna Otto 

On November 19th 2016 Mr. David Spence and Ms. Donna Otto, of Brentwood Bay, BC gifted the BC & Yukon Division with a donation of $5,000 in a presentation at Government House in Victoria. This is in addition to their previous donation of $15,000 to support the engagement of youth in BC and Yukon in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program. Thank you David and Donna for your generosity and investment in youth!                  

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L-R:  JA Pankiw-Petty, Donna Otto, David Spence

 

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A heartfelt thank you to Westwood Printing & Signs for their enduring support
with our ceremony and stationary needs!

 

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Become a volunteer Group Leader for the Award!

Thank you for considering becoming an Award Unit Leader.

On this page you will find information pertaining to:

  • Who are Award Leaders?
  • What is the role of an Award Leader?
  • Leader involvement.
  • What’s the benefit of becoming an Award Leader?
  • Liability.
  • Ready to become an Award Leader? 
  • We're Here For You!
  • Leader Resources.
  • Promotional Videos and Materials.

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.

What is the role of an Award Leader?

An Award Leader’s role within their group encompasses the following areas:

  1. Registering participants and helping them get started in the Program;
  2. Mentoring and supporting participants as they work to complete their Award levels
  3. Assessing or reviewing Award submissions.
  4. Abiding by all policies set out by The Duke of Edinburgh’ International Award, including but not limited to: the National Abuse Policy, National Risk Management Policy and National Branding policy, and the Award Standards.

Leader involvement includes:

  • Participating in Award Leader Training led by the BC & Yukon Division staff. 
  • Celebrating achievements of youth by attending Ceremonies.
  • Helping participants organize activities that count towards Award levels.
  • Communicating with the Award Office as needed.
  • Instructing youth on how enter events in the activity log correctly (either in the record book or online).
  • Sharing success stories and news about your group and participants with your divisional office.
  • Presenting achievement pins and in some in cases Bronze certificates.
  • Reading the biweekly bulletin.

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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.

Ready to become an Award Leader?

  • Complete and submit a New Award Unit Registration Form to the Division Office. After registering, we will send you a Leader Information Package with additional resources and a sample Record Book.
  • Download and read our Award Information Package, which introduces you to the Award in BC & the Yukon.This is a great document to share with Administrators, parents, and others in your organization.
  • Our Leader Toolkit contains a more in-depth look at the responsibilities of a Leader, as well as the resources available to you so that you feel supported and confident in delivering the Award to your youth. This is also a great document to share with other members of your organization to help them understand what The Award is.

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We're Here For You!

1. Training - You can find out when our next training webinar is and register by emailing Taylor at toriecuia@dukeofed.org Can't make our live Leader Training and Q&A webinar? You can watch a recording at your convenience.

2. We have a biweekly e-bulletin to update Leaders on important developments and opportunities for the Award in the BC & Yukon Division, upcoming ceremonies, training webinars and new resources. After registering as a Leader you will be added to the mailing list. 

3. On our website you can find many resources available to aid youth as they Start The AwardDo The Award and Get The Award.

Have questions? We are here to help, and no question is too big or small! You can call or email our Leader Liaison, Taylor Oriecuia. We also have Field Officers who are available to come and do a presentation or workshop with your youth, attend a community event or generally provide support.

Leader Resources:

Important Update!

We’ve launched a new type of Record Book across the country! CLICK HERE to find out all about it.

 

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Promotional Videos:

Duke of Edinburgh's Award PSANot All Learning Happens in the ClassroomWhat is The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award? | Make a Difference

Promotional Materials:

Participant BrochureTop 10 Reasons | The Award Impacts

Resource Materials:

Record Book Supplement | Award At A Glance | Planning an Adventurous Journey | Award Participant Registration Form | Bronze Submission Form | Silver Submission Form | Gold Submission Form | Award Unit Update Form | How-To Videos

Participant Web Pages:

Start The Award | Do The Award | Adventurous Journey Page | Get The Award

 

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Career Opportunities

Thank you for your interest. There are currently no open positions.

Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for announcements.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

 

Board of Directors

If you are interested in joining our Board of Directors, please follow for more information.

Award Group Leaders

Interested in volunteering as an Award Group Leader? Please follow this link.

Division Office Volunteer

We are currently looking for enthusiastic Volunteer Office Assistants to perform a variety of administrative and office support tasks. Please click here for the full job description and how to apply.

 

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Award Ceremonies! Upcoming, FAQ's and photos.

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For more information about The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award in Canada, and to see stories & events across the Divisions be sure to visit The Duke of Ed National page!

 

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Duke of Ed for Distance Learners!

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The Duke of Ed is PERFECT for Distance Learners! Because…

  • The Duke of Ed is zero-barrier, non-academic, and non-competitive!
  • You choose your own pace and your own activities. It’s your Award journey!
  • Best of all, you’re already doing it!

Want to learn more?

Watch our short and easy how-to videos below, or read more about Duke of Ed requirements here.

If you have any questions, please contact us.  We are here for you!

Don’t feel like reading? Watch our Short How-To Videos!

(Click 'YouTube" on the video for a larger, or full, screen.)

Please note: our Facebook page has changed. Please follow us on our national page www.facebook.com/dukeofedcanada

 

For the Parents
An introduction to the Award, its requirements, and the many ways in which it can benefit your youth!

 

 

 

The Registration Process
Ready to Start your Award? Learn how to choose which Level is best for you and how to register.

  

 

Choosing Assessors and Activities
You’re registered! What now? This video provides an overview of qualifying activities and qualities you should look for in an Assessor!

 

 

Adventurous Journey
One of the most exciting and challenging components of the Duke of Ed! In this video, you’ll learn about requirements and planning.

  

 

Using the New Participant Handbook and Record Log
Do you have the blue and green Participant Handbook and new Record Logs? Learn how to fill out your Logs and the paperwork required to earn your Award!

  

 

The Submission Process
Completed all your activities? Congratulations! In this video, we’ll go step by step to ensure you have everything you need to feel confident about submitting your Award.

 

 

Life After the Award
Using your Achievement to Reach your Goals

Don’t Feel like Reading?

Enjoy our short and easy how-to videos. From registering for the Duke of Ed to submitting your Award, we got you covered!

Find all Award requirements, information and resources here!

(Click 'YouTube" on the video for a larger, or full, screen.)

Please note: our Facebook page has changed. Please follow us on our national page www.facebook.com/dukeofedcanada

 

For the Parents
An introduction to the Award, its requirements, and the many ways in which it can benefit your youth!

  

 

The Registration Process
Ready to Start your Award? Learn how to choose which Level is best for you and how to register.

  

 

Choosing Assessors and Activities
You’re registered! What now? This video provides an overview of qualifying activities and qualities you should look for in an Assessor!

 

 

Adventurous Journey
One of the most exciting and challenging components of the Duke of Ed! In this video, you’ll learn about requirements and planning.

  

 

Using the Traditional Record Book
Do you have the traditional white-covered Record Book? Learn how to fill out your Record Book and the paperwork required to earn your Award!

  

Using the New Participant Handbook and Record Log
Do you have the blue and green Participant Handbook and new Record Logs? Learn how to fill out your Logs and the paperwork required to earn your Award!

  

 

The Submission Process
Completed all your activities? Congratulations! In this video, we’ll go step by step to ensure you have everything you need to feel confident about submitting your Award.

 

 

Life After the Award
Using your Achievement to Reach your Goals

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Cadet Resources:

Find out how Cadets and Junior Rangers can use their activities to earn a Bronze, Silver or Gold level of the Duke of Ed.

Air Cadet Brochure | Army Cadet Brochure | Sea Cadet Brochure | Junior Rangers Brochure | Duke of Ed Youth Resources

Did you know?

  • The Duke of Ed pin is the only external medal or pin you are allowed to wear on your Cadet uniform?!
  • Both Duke of Ed and Cadets qualify for external high school credits in BC. As a senior Cadet having completed all three levels of the Award, up to 18 additional credits can be added to a high school transcript!

Visit these links for qualifying activities and course codes you could earn with the BC Ministry of Education: Duke of Ed credits | Pacific Region Cadet credits

 

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Cadet Officer Resources:

Cadet Officers are the mentors critical to Cadet achievement. Just as Officers train Cadets in their courses (ie: Marksmanship), they also mentor Cadets towards Duke of Ed Award achievement.
Under the new national Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Cadets Canada and the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Canada, all Cadet Officers are responsible for ensuring access and support for their Cadets in achieving their Duke of Ed Award. 

As per the MOU, each squadron or corps must have a trained Duke of Ed Award Leader. This training is a free professional development opportunity for all Cadet Officers and its value is increasingly recognized in the professional and education sectors.

For information on what this entails, please visit our Duke of Ed Award Leader webpage

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 Thank you to these Supporter of
Cadets doing the Duke of Ed

 

The Army Cadet League of British Columbia
BC Branch

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Royal Canadian Legion
Prince Edward Branch 91

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