The Paddling Film Festival kicks off its 2020 world tour with the Premiere on Thursday February 20th 2020. Buy your tickets at

One hundred percent of the night's proceeds will be going directly to the Award in Ontario, a program designed to challenge youth around the world to develop positive skills and lifestyle habits. 

10th Anniversary
Thursday March 5, 2020 
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Toronto Ski Club, Blue Mountain 

Adventurous Journey Refresher and Q&A Webinar: 
Tuesday February 18 2020, 7:00pm - 8:30pm 
Monday March 9 2020, 4:00pm - 5:30pm 

Award Leader Best Practices Q&A Webinar: 
Thursday March 26 2020, 4:00pm - 5:00pm 

Please contact  for more details or to register

International Award Community - Online Training
The Award Community is all about building a stronger Award so that we can help young people more effectively. The Award Community has a range of flexible, tailored modules to enhance your skills and improve your knowledge of the Award and its operations. 

We would like to encourage all Award Leaders to create an account on the Award Community to take the Level 1 Training - Award Induction Module and Award Delivery.  This will provide an overview of how the Award operates, what the user/participant experience is designed to be and how to effectively deliver the Award. We invite all Award Leader to sign up for a profile with the Award Community and take Level 1 training. 

Register today! Click on the "Register" button in the top right. Once you have registered please notify your Award Officer and we will be able to verify and activate your account.

It's not always easy to keep focused. Life can be full of competing activities and distractions. Staying motivated is incredibly important when it comes to getting what we want in the long term-- and commitment over time exactly what achieving the Award requires.  Our framework encourages young people to develop and strengthen skills through non-formal learning. One of the best ways to engage your Award Unit and set them up for success is to encourage each participant to create SMART goals.
Participants can work on their goals independently, and/or as a group but they should always seek the advice and support of their Assessor and Award Leader if they need it. A great starting point for most participants is using this worksheet while deciding on what their goals will be.   Participants will get out what they put into their Award - there are no short cuts to a real sense of  achievement! Providing participants with a space and time to work on their goals is important. It's always great to offer in person support and group activities that help participants explore, understand, and shape their goals. If you're looking to brainstorm activity ideas please contact the Award Officer in your region.

When speaking to your participants, make sure their emails and contact information is up to date. When participants are graduating high school make sure their emails are changed from school to personal.  

Dear Award Leaders you could win a $75 MEC gift card! All you need to do is participate in our  Social Value Research Survey It only takes 15 minutes to complete and your response will help us to understand the full impact the Award is having of young people and our local communities. Remember to fill in your name and email at the end of the survey to be entered into the giveaway. To participate follow this link  research survey . For full giveaway rules  click here .