The Hermant Legacy Fund

About The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Ontario Endowment Fund ​


The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Ontario Endowment Fund, also known as The Hermant Legacy Fund, was created to honour our long-standing Executive Director, Jill Hermant.  She started working for the Award in 1993 and inspired countless young people over the years.  Jill retired in 2015 after 23 years of outstanding leadership and dedication.   

As a tribute to her impact in Ontario, we have established a permanent Endowment Fund. The proceeds from this Fund will be dedicated to maintaining and growing our programme and ensuring that it remains accessible to all youth regardless of any socio-economic barriers.​ 

Due to her remarkable commitment and leadership, our organization has experienced incredible growth during her 23 years working for the Award. Here are some examples:


This represents a 585% increase in registered participants and a more than 650% increase in Award achievers!

Jill's character and ability has contributed to more than 80,000 youth being impacted by The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. 

The Fund is managed by the Toronto Foundation and the income from this Fund will be used to support our program across the province.