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Award Celebrations

Congratulations on Completing Your Award!

This is an achievement for which you should be extremely proud and a moment to celebrate all your hard work. Award Celebrations are a special opportunity to come together and be recognized for your achievements alongside other Award Holders.

HRH Prince Phillip with Award Achievers

HRH Prince Phillip with Award Achievers

Award Pins & Certificates

Upon completion of an Award level, Award Holders receive a pin and a certificate to commemorate their accomplishments. Certificates and pins are generally presented at Award Celebrations. Bronze and Silver celebrations are organized by the Award Centre and Gold celebrations by the national Award Office.

To recognize Award Holder’s efforts in a timely manner, all Bronze and Silver certificates and pins will be mailed to their Award Centre. All Gold certificates and pins will be sent directly to the Award Holder. If the Award Holder is from a Virtual Award Centre their certificate and pin will be mailed directly to them regardless of the Award level.

Mailing information and emails are pulled from the Online Record Book, please ensure your contact information remains up to date. Receiving your certificate and pin in the mail does not exclude you from attending a Gold Celebration. If you would rather not attend an Award Celebration, please contact our office at: support@dukeofed.org to be removed from the Gold Celebration Waiting List.

Any questions or concerns regarding Award Canada Celebrations can be sent to support@dukeofed.org.

Award Celebrations

Award Celebrations are a special opportunity to be recognized for your achievements alongside friends and family as well as other Award Holders.

At the Bronze level, recognition is organized by the Award Centre and presented by a local representative.

At the Silver level, recognition is organized by the Award Centre and presented by a local representative.

At the Gold level, celebrations will be organized by Award Canada and will be presided by the Governor General (TBC), Lieutenant Governors or Territorial Commissioners.  These events occur 4-6 times per year across the country.  Each celebration is open to anyone on the Gold Celebration Waiting List regardless of location. Award Holders who wish to attend a celebration must register in advance.

Please note, as of August 2023 all Gold Award Holders will be kept on the Gold achiever wait list for three years. After three years the achiever will be archived.

For more information on how to register for a Gold Award Ceremony please see the FAQ below.

Have questions? Contact us at support@dukeofed.org.

Have questions? Contact us at support@dukeofed.org.

Upcoming Award Celebrations

Below is a list of upcoming Award Celebrations in Canada. Those waiting for a Gold Celebration will receive an email notification before the scheduled celebration takes place. If you have not received a notification, please contact us at support@dukeofed.org to ensure we have your current email address on file.

Sorry, there are no Ceremonies planned at this time

After a long wait due to the pandemic, I was so excited to attend an in-person event to celebrate my hard work! This award truly challenged me and taught me resilience, determination and commitment, and it was wonderful to meet other Gold achievers and celebrate together. Thank you to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for their support throughout the Award process, and for the wonderful celebration. Thank you to The Honourable Judy Foote for presiding over the ceremony. Let us go out into the world using the skills learned in this program and fulfill our moral obligation to help others.

Anna - Award Holder

Frequently Asked Question

In fall 2021, we changed our process and now mail each Gold Award Holder their Award certificate and pin once it is achieved. This new process helps recognize achievements in a timely manner.

All Gold Award Holders are added to the Gold Celebration Waiting List upon achieving their Gold Award. To be removed from the Gold Celebration Waiting List, please email support@dukeofed.org.

Once a date, venue and presenter have been confirmed, the event is added to the Award Celebration section above.

Award Holders are responsible for paying for their own travel and accommodation expenses to attend a celebration.  The Award does not have a travel subsidy program nor preferred hotels.

We do not anticipate the Royal Family attending a Gold Celebration in Canada in the foreseeable future.

In the fall of 2019, the Award Canada announced that the Lieutenant Governors and Territorial Commissioners of Canada will begin presiding at Gold Celebrations.

The Lieutenant Governors and Territorial Commissioners have been our strongest and most consistent supporters throughout the years, and as the King’s local representative, still maintain the Award’s special link to the Crown.  This has also increased the potential for more Award Celebrations on a regular basis across Canada.

The Royal Family remain passionate supporters of the Award, and we look forward incorporating any future visits into the events that involve registered members of the Award’s Global Award Alumni Network (GAAN).

Each celebration is open to anyone on the Gold Celebration Waiting List regardless of location, giving Award Holders the opportunity to meet fellow Award Holders and visit a different part of the country.   It also provides those living outside of their home province an opportunity to attend a Gold Celebration in a timely manner.

Please see below to learn about how the registration process works for a Gold Celebration.

An email notification is sent from awardcelebration@dukeofed.org, via our MailChimp account to the Gold Celebration Waiting List approximately eight weeks before a scheduled ceremony.  The email notification will have event details (time, location, name of presenter, etc.) as well as a link to the registration form.

Those interested in attending are asked to complete the registration form.  Most celebrations will have a two-week registration period.  Once registration is closed, official invitations are sent via email

If there are more registrations than spots available at a Gold Celebration, a waiting list is created for that specific celebration.  The waiting list is created based on a number of factors including; length of time since Award approval, previous waiting list placement, timeliness of registering for celebration as well as those who achieved their Award in the host province and those currently living in the host province.  If someone sends their regrets to the official invitation, an invitation is sent to the next person on the waiting list.

Within 7 business days of registering, those selected to attend will receive an official invitation via email.  Those who have been placed on the waiting list specific to that celebration will be notified by email.

Yes, as your regrets will create an opening at the celebration for the next person on the celebration waiting list to attend.

Yes, three to four days before the celebration a “Housekeeping” email will be sent to the Award Holders who RSVP’d as well as to their guests.  It will include additional information such as timing, dress code, protocol,  provincial or territorial regulations and other important information.

Other standard information includes:

  • Attire: The recommended attire for all guests is business attire. A business dress code includes the following examples: a blazer, dress shirt and tie, suit, slacks, dress or skirt.Members of uniformed groups are encouraged to wear official and complete uniforms.  The wearing of a decoration is optional.
  • Protocol:  In conversation, one traditionally addresses the Lieutenant Governor or a Territorial Commissioner as “Your Honour” initially, and subsequently as “Ma’am” or “Sir”. When mentioning the Lieutenant Governor, it is traditional to refer to them as “Her Honour” or “His Honour”. When mentioning the Territorial Commissioner, it is traditional to refer to her or him as “Madame Commissioner” or “Mister Commissioner”.
  • Photography 1: A professional photographer will be taking photos at the ceremony.  Approximately two weeks after the celebration, these photos will be shared via a link to the Award’s private Flickr account.  Recipients are welcome to download these photos at no charge.  Depending on the celebration, recipients and guests may be permitted to take respectful photos during the ceremony (i.e. must remain seated, no selfies with dignitaries and no flash photography).
  • Photography 2: As with all Award events, photographs and/or video will be taken. By taking part in this event, recipients and their guests grant The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Canada full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/recording and any reproductions or adaptations of the image for fundraising, publicity or other purposes. This includes responses and photos submitted in the registration process.  This may include (but is not limited to) the right to use them in printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications.  Should recipients or their guests have any other questions about the usage of photographs and/or video, please email awardcelebration@dukeofed.org.

Each Gold Award Recipient is permitted to bring two guests. This provides a healthy balance of maximizing the number of Award Holders who can attend the celebration as well as still providing the Award Holder a reasonable number of guests to share in their special day.

Gold Award Recipients confirmed to attend a celebration will be sent a link for guests to purchase their tickets.  Please do not exceed the maximum number of guests allowed for each specific event.

Guest names are submitted with the celebration registration form; however, guest names can be revised by emailing awardcelebration@dukeofed.org. Please include the full name and email address for your revised guest.

Only those on the guest list will be permitted to attend the ceremony.

Those who have lived in the UK for 18 consecutive months may be eligible to attend a Gold Ceremony in the UK.

If you have lived in the UK for 18 consecutive months, kindly email support@dukeofed.org to receive the eligibility form.  Once the form is complete, Award Canada will forward it to the UK office for approval.  If approved, you will be contacted directly by the UK Office and be placed on their Gold Celebration Wait List. Once you have been placed on their wait list, you will be removed from the Canadian one. For more information regarding UK Gold Celebrations, please visit www.dofe.org/do/gaps/

Those who would like to attend a Gold Celebration while on holiday in the UK are not eligible.