Toronto Gold Ceremony 2017

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 Prince Harry greets Gold Award achievers at the Royal York Sunday September 24, 2017.

A Royal Good Time

The Canadian Room in the Fairmont Royal York was buzzing with excitement today as His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales made a Royal appearance at The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Canada’s Gold Award Ceremony. 150 participants from across the country were presented with their Gold Award by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell in an unforgettable and magical night. Prince Harry canvased the room, spending a special moment with each participant, taking the time to greet, shake hands and speak to the achievers about their Duke of Ed journey. The room was lit with smiling faces of participants and their beaming loved ones as the Prince cracked jokes about Igloo’s and encouraged the recipients to continue on their journey’s as the future leaders of Canada.

Vice President of the Canadian Olympic Committee and Duke of Ed Gold Award alumni Peter Lawless, spoke to the participants about the importance of perseverance, commending them on their persistence and contribution to their communities throughout the Award. “I hope that you continue to serve in your communities,” he said, and “I hope you see the receipt of this award not as a destination but as a milestone on a lifelong journey.”

Gold Award recipient Bibi Hakim took to the stage next, and spoke passionately about the effects of the Award on her as an individual achiever. “This award means so much because it has taught me valuable lessons, connected us to together, and led us on a path to success,” she said. Hakim went on to thank the numerous people in her life who supported her on her journey.

The Duke of Ed would not survive without the continued support of our dedicated Award Leaders, Volunteers, alumni, donors and staff.  For over 50 years, the Duke of Ed in Canada has been supporting Canadian youth as they grow as individuals by giving back through community service, learning new skills, completing an adventurous journey and remaining physically active.

After all of the hard work the participants put into achieving their Gold, tonight was a reminder that hard work is often rewarded. This is surely a night we at the Duke of Ed will never forget, and we can’t wait to see what surprises the future of the Award has in store for us!​

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About The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - Canada

The Duke of Ed is a global program with the goal of challenging, empowering and recognizing young people between the ages of 14 and 24. From coast to coast to coast since 1963, we have helped motivate young Canadians to take control of their lives and futures. 

The classroom is not the only place to nurture the potential of one of our country’s greatest natural resources, our youth. We strive to reach young Canadians in communities across the country and provide a platform that helps them chart their individual lives and equips them with important skills. 

We are an international Award program that champions young Canadians as they become the best they can be. 

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award was founded by His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, to encourage personal development and community involvement for young people. Since its establishment in Canada in 1963, more than 500,000 young Canadians have taken the challenge which has Bronze, Silver and Gold levels of the Award. Today, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is present in over 140 countries around the world.