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 ONTARIO

We are your division and will be your point of contact. As your division, we are here to guide and support you, while on the road to completing The Award. Can't find what you are looking for or need a few questions answered about your Award? Then send us an email ontario@dukeofed.org. We are here to help.

The Ontario Office will be open extended hours on Wednesday evenings until 8:00 p.m. for the months of October and November.  Please feel free to call during those hours for in-person assistance!

 

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Annual Statistical Review 2016

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Board of Directors 

President
Lynn McGrade

Directors 
David Bain
Robert Chiuch
Tony Cox
Karin Doherty
Matt Irwin
Erin Maitland
Nancy Marshall
Brent Merriman
Darren Smith
Eros Spadotto
Christopher Steeves
Augusta White
Julia Wong

Executive Director
Jeff Needham

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Supporters 

 
DONATIONS:  RECOGNIZING OUR FUNDERS, DONORS, SPONSORS AND
PROVIDERS OF GIFTS-IN-KIND   
 
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.

As a supporter, 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 your local office or if you would like more information on becoming an Ontario sponsor please contact the National Office or email acosta@dukeofed.org.

Annual Giving

Annual Giving provides The Duke of Edinburgh's Award with the funds required to ensure that all young people across the Province, 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, who in turn can support participants as they set their own goals and work towards achieving them in a safe and supportive environment.

HOW TO MAKE AN ANNUAL DONATION 

Please complete the Annual Giving Form and return to:

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
156 Front Street West, Suite 402
Toronto, ON, M5J 2L6

Cheques:

Cheques should be made payable to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award - Ontario.

 

Credit Card:

Gifts may be made by Visa/MasterCard. To make a gift on your credit card you may donate online (see above), contact the Award Office at 416-203-2282, or send your information to the above address.

ENDOWMENT FUND:

A donation to our Endowment Fund will be a permanent tribute to the program and gift that gives year after year.  Cheques should be sent to the Award office with Endowment Fund in the memo line.  To make a donation to the Endowment Fund online, click here.

GIFT OF SECURITIES:

Securities may be transferred directly to The Duke of Edinburgh's Award account by downloading and completing a Gift of Securities Transfer Form.  Completed forms should be faxed to the Award Office at 416-203-0676. For more information, contact the Award Office at 416-203- 2282, or by e-mail at acosta@dukeofed.org.

 

Matching Gifts:

Many companies will match employee gifts - a simple way to make an even greater difference. To find out if you are eligible, please inquire with your company and forward the forms to the Award Office for completion.

 

United Way:

Please consider including The Duke of Edinburgh's Award as part of your United Way commitment. You will need to include Charitable Registration # 12608 1884 RR0001.

THANK YOU FOR GIVING GENEROUSLY.

The success and strength of our Annual Giving Campaign directly affects the opportunities available for our participants. Every gift is important and truly appreciated.

THANK YOU TO OUR CURRENT SUPPORTERS

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Contact Us 

Ontario Head Office
156 Front Street West, 
Suite 402
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2L6 

Phone: (416) 203-2282
Fax: (416) 203-0676
Toll Free: (800) 929-3853
Email: ontario@dukeofed.org

Charitable Registration Number:
12608 1884 RR0001

Jeff Needham, Executive Director:
jneedham@dukeofed.org
(416) 203-2282 x 2000

Alison Costa, Director of Programme Advancement:
acosta@dukeofed.org
(416) 203-2282 x 2200

Donna Dupuy, Programme Coordinator:
ddupuy@dukeofed.org
(416) 203-2282 x 2100

Stephanie Neil, Peel Regional Field Officer:
sneil@dukeofed.org
(416) 203-2282 x 2500

Cathlin Sullivan, Toronto Award Officer:
csullivan@dukeofed.org
(416) 203-2282 x 2300

Camille McArthur, Communications and Events Coordinator :
cmcarthur@dukeofed.org
(416) 203-2282 x 2400

Eastern Ontario Regional Office

Karen Gormley
Regional Field Officer 

c/o Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa 
2825 Dumaurier Avenue 
Ottawa, Ontario K2B 7W3 

Phone: (613) 232-0925 ext. 231
Fax: (613) 230-0891
Email: kgormley@dukeofed.org

Six Nations and Surrounding Area Office

Marjorie Henhawk
Regional Field Officer

Phone: 519.445.3112
Email: mhenhawk@dukeofed.org

Southwestern Ontario Regional Office

Laura Roberts 

Craigwood Youth Services

520 Hamilton Rd,

London, ON N5Z 1S4

Phone: 519-432-2623 x 267

Email: lroberts@dukeofed.org

SKI FOR THE DUKE LAUNCH PARTY  

Be sure to join us on November 8th 2017 for our kick off launch party at The Duke of Devon Pub located on the concourse level of the TD Tower at 66 Wellington Street West!  

SKI FOR THE DUKE 2018

EVENT DETAILS  

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WHO
Skiers + snowboarders, of all ages and abilities, form TEAMS OF THREE to participate in a ski event. 

WHAT
SKI FOR THE DUKE is a one-day ski + snowboarding event... including a mountain challenge and giant slalom. All proceeds from team fundraising + event assist Award participants who face a financial challenge participating in and completing the Award programme by offsetting registration fees, training and expedition expenses. 

WHERE
Toronto Ski Club at Blue Mountain, Collingwood

WHEN
Friday, February 9th, 2018

HOW
Winning teams are factored with a combination of funds raised + the number of points won on event day.

REGISTER
Register today or contact Alison Costa at 416.203.2282 ext. 2200 or acosta@dukeofed.org

VOLUNTEER
If you would like to volunteer for the event, please contact Alison Costa at 416.203.2282 ext. 2200 or acosta@dukeofed.org

 




Hermant Legacy 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 programmeand 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. 

Selfless 16 Partnership 

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The Duke of Ed is proud to partner with Selfless 16™, an initiative founded by Award Achiever Soheila Mosun. Selfless 16 is an inspirational youth movement that has quickly captured the attention of youth and educators. Armed with the desire to drive awareness for community causes and to encourage self-reflection amongst her peers, Soheila started Selfless 16.

With the help of its ambassadors, Selfless 16 is inspiring and encouraging young adults to give back to their communities through a milestone event in their lives – their sixteenth birthday. Selfless 16 believes that celebrating one’s sixteenth birthday is not only a time of celebration but also a time for self-reflection. It is when a young adult starts to think about what is truly valuable in life, what kind of an adult one wants to become, and what positive impact one wants to make in the world.

Selfless 16 celebrations can be celebrated throughout the year and there will be annual celebrations hosted by high schools, families, and friends all over the world. Get involved with your school, Duke of Ed group or just with a group of friends and earn hours towards your Duke of Ed Award.

For more information visit? selfless16.com

ADVENTUROUS JOURNEY OPPORTUNITIES 2018 

The aim of the Adventurous Journey Section is to encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery, as well as encouraging individual qualities, Adventurous Journeys should also encourage young people to develop an awareness of the environment and the importance of protecting it. Below is a list of Outdoor Providers who are accredited to deliver The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Ontario Adventurous Journey training, practice and qualifying journeys at the Bronze, Silver and Gold level.  

For more information on our Service Providers or to contact them directly for questions about trips, prices or availability, please click here.   

Feb 15-19, 2018
Silver & Gold (practice & qualifying journey)
Winter camping, snowshoeing, cross country skiing
RKY Camp

Feb 17-19, 2018
Bronze (practice & qualifying)
Winter camping, snowshoeing, cross country skiing
RKY Camp

Mar 10-12, 2018
Bronze (practice & qualifying journey)
Dogsledding - participants will learn to drive their own dog sled teams, harness and take care of dogs while on trip.  **opportunity for transportation to Chocpaw**
Chocpaw

Mar 10 - 14, 2018
Silver (practice & qualifying journey)
Dogsledding - participants will learn to drive their own dog sled teams, harness and take care of dogs while on trip.  **opportunity for transportation to Chocpaw**
Chocpaw

Mar 10 - 15, 2018
Gold (practice & qualifying journey)
Dogsledding - participants will learn to drive their own dog sled teams, harness and take care of dogs while on trip.  **opportunity for transportation to Chocpaw**
Chocpaw

Mar 11 - 13, 2018
Bronze (practice & qualifying journey)
Winter camping, snowshoeing, cross country skiing
RKY Camp

Mar 11 - 16, 2018
Silver & Gold (practice & qualifying journey)
Winter camping, snowshoeing, cross country skiing
RKY Camp

May 18 - 20, 2018
Bronze (practice & qualifying journey) 
Canoeing - Frontenac Provincial Park
RKY Camp

May 18 - 22, 2018
Silver & Gold (practice & qualifying journey) 
Canoeing - Frontenac Provincial Park
RKY Camp

June 20 - 22, 2018
Bronze (practice & qualifying journey)
Hiking the crags, caves, cliffs and forests of the Bruce Trail and rappelling 70+ feet down the Niagara Escarpment at Rattlesnake Point
Adventureworks!

June 30 - July 2, 2018
**opportunity for transportation**
Bronze (practice & qualifying journey)
Canoeing in Algonquin Park
Chocpaw

June 30 - July 4, 2018
**opportunity for transportation**
Silver (practice & qualifying journey)
Canoeing in Algonquin Park
Chocpaw

June 30 - July 5, 2018
**opportunity for transportation**
Gold (practice & qualifying journey)
Canoeing in Algonquin Park
Chocpaw

July 1 - 3, 2018
Bronze (practice & qualifying journey)
Tall Ship Sailing - Lake Ontario
St Lawrence II

July 7 - 13, 2018
Silver & Gold (practice & qualifying)
Tall Ship Sailing - Lake Ontario
St Lawrence II

July 9 - 13, 2018
Bronze & Silver (practice & qualifying journey)
Toronto Urban Expedition
Outward Bound

July 16 - 20, 2018
Bronze & Silver (practice & qualifying journey)
Toronto Urban Expedition
Outward Bound

July 16 - 25, 2018
Gold (practice & qualifying)
Tall Ship Sailing - Lake Ontario
St Lawrence II

July 23 - 27, 2018
Bronze & Silver (practice & qualifying journey)
Toronto Urban Expedition
Outward Bound

July 28 - Aug 1, 2018
Silver (practice & qualifying journey)
Canoeing in Algonquin Park
Chocpaw

Jul 28 - Aug 2, 2018
Gold (practice & qualifying journey)
Canoeing in Algonquin Park
Chocpaw

July 28- Aug 3, 2018
Silver & Gold (practice & qualifying)
Tall Ship Sailing - Lake Ontario
St Lawrence II

July 30 - Aug 3, 2018
Bronze & Silver (practice & qualifying)
Toronto Urban Expedition
Outward Bound

Aug 6 - 10, 2018
Bronze (practice & qualifying)
Tall Ship Sailing - Lake Ontario
St Lawrence II

Aug 8 - 10, 2018
Bronze (practice & qualifying)
Hiking the crags, caves, cliffs and forests of the Bruce Trail and rappelling 70+ feet down the Niagara Escarpment at Rattlesnake Point
Adventureworks!

Aug 12 - 17, 2018
Silver & Gold (practice & qualifying)
Canoeing - Frontenac Provincial Park
RKY Camp

Aug 13 - 17, 2018
Bronze & Silver (practice & qualifying)
Toronto Urban Expedition
Outward Bound

Aug 13 - 19, 2018
Silver & Gold (practice & qualifying)
Tall Ship Sailing - Lake Ontario
St Lawrence II

Aug 14 - 18, 2018
Silver (practice & qualifying journey)
Hiking the crags, caves, cliffs and forests of the Bruce Trail and rappelling 70+ feet down the Niagara Escarpment at Rattlesnake Point
Adventureworks!

Aug 14-19, 2018
Gold (practice & qualifying journey)
Hiking the crags, caves, cliffs and forests of the Bruce Trail and rappelling 70+ feet down the Niagara Escarpment at Rattlesnake Point
Adventurworks!

Aug 23 - 31, 2018
Silver & Gold (practice & qualifying)
Tall Ship Sailing - Lake Ontario
St Lawrence II

Aug 25 - 27, 2018
Bronze (practice & qualifying)
Canoeing in Algonquin Park
Chocpaw

Aug 25 - 29, 2018
Silver (practice & qualifying)
Canoeing in Algonquin Park
Chocpaw

Aug 25 - 30, 2018
Gold (practice & qualifying)
Canoeing in Algonquin Park
Chocpaw

More stuff to know before your trip....
-The cancellation policies on these trips vary and are determined by the outfitter/camp running the trip.
-There will be no Duke of Ed Staff on these trips. They are run by the qualified staff of the outfitter or camp. 
-After your trip, you will need to submit your assessor's report AND an Adventurous Journey Report. See below for resources on how to do this.

Adventurous Journey Write Up Resources?
What do you need in an adventurous journey write up:
- an outline of your practice journey
- a day by day explanation of what you did on your qualifying trip
- details about what you learned 
- what you liked or didn't like 
- what you would do differently if you were to do the trip again
- who went with you on the trip
- how far you traveled each day and the weather conditions each day
- any changes to your original trip plan and why you chose to make those changes

Questions you can answer in your report:
1. What training did you have towards your qualifying journey? 
2. How did your practice journey prepare you for your qualifying journey? How did your qualifying journey challenge you?
3. Why did you choose to make this journey?
4. When did you take the trip?
5. Where did you go? Give exact locations, trails, describe terrain, etc.
6. How did you travel? Method of travel from actual start of journey to completion - canoe, hike, snowshoe, ski, etc. (not the time spent in a vehicle to get to the location) 
7. Who went with you? 
8. What did you experience? What did you learn? What was your biggest success?  
9. What would you do differently?  What insights would you pass on to anyone else doing this journey?