The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award - Canada
Albert, Northwest Territories, Nunavut Provincial and Territorial Council
Draft Terms of Reference
Walter Wynnyk Award

Purpose of Award

Created in 2014, the Walter Wynnyk Award recognizes the long-term service commitment and dedication of local volunteers working with the award scheme in Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

The Legacy of Walter Wynnyk

The award pays tribute to the exemplary lifelong work done by Walter Wynnyk in introducing and promoting the award at the local level in Alberta. Walter devoted his entire life to the service of others as a soldier, teacher, principal, cadet instructor, and The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award leader. His teaching career was interrupted by the Second World War and military service in the United Kingdom, North Africa and Italy with the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. Upon return to Canada, he obtained his B.Sc. and B.Ed. from the University of Alberta. From 1952-54, he was principal of Lindale School and subsequently became principal of Breton Junior/Senior High School until retiring in 1985. From 1955 until almost the time of his passing, Walter volunteered much of his time with Army Cadets, serving as an officer in the Cadet Services of Canada and the Cadet Instructors List, and later as a civilian instructor. As the Commanding Officer of 2561 (20 RCA) RCACC for almost 30 years, he and his team of dedicated officers provided unparalleled opportunities to countless youth in the Breton, Warburg, Thorsby, Winfield, Buck Lake and Alder Flats areas. 

Walter was one of the first to bring The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award to Western Canada, introducing it to his cadets in 1972. By 1983, he had produced 231 award achievers, including his own son and daughter, and was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for his work from H.R.H Prince Philip during a ceremony at Rideau Hall.

Apart from his direct involvement with young people, Walter was careful to prepare other adult leaders to carry on the important work he had started. In doing so, he has served as an inspiration to new generations of leaders for decades.

Walter Wynnyk remained active as a mentor to youth until his passing in 2009.


Consideration will be given to volunteers who have given ten years time or greater as a leader, coordinator, instructor or assessor directly in contact with award participants at the local level.

Selection Process

One worthy recipient is chosen annually. Nominations are made by members of the Board of Directors of the Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut Provincial and Territorial Council of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Canada. The selection is made at one of the Council’s biannual general meetings. 

Annual recipients will be recognized at the next regular Provincial and Territorial awards ceremony following the selection process.