Award Leaders are the heart of the Award, giving our participants the guidance and support they
need to succeed.

As delivery partners for the Award framework, you have valuable
insight and experience into how the Award is being delivered at the
local level and we want to
hear all about it.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Canada Adventurous Journey Application  
This bursary is funded by RBC Open for Gold, designed specifically to help Gold level participants complete their Gold Awards where the Adventurous Journey is a barrier to completion. Each bursary is approximately $250 per participant. This application process is to help fund Adventurous Journeys taking place in 2019. Should you have any questions about the application or bursary, please contact Julie Crawford at

Finalized applications must be submitted to the Ontario Division at  no later than September 27, 2019.  
  • Applications are for individual applicants, not award units as a whole  
  • These funds should help young people from the following communities: General population, women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, underserved populations, indigenous, LGTB+, newcomers, low socioeconomic status, rural and remote individuals. 
  • In exceptional cases, this bursary may be applied retroactively to completed Journeys in 2019 
  • This is a national level grant and only 12 participants from Ontario will be approved. 
  • If applicants require more than $250, we can discuss on a case-by-case basis 
Award Leader Training:
If you are interested in bringing the Award to the young people you work with, join us for Award Leader Training. During this webinar we will go over the ethos behind the Award, the requirements involved, and starting a new Award Unit.
Thursday October 17, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Monday November 18, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Adventurous Journey Refresher and Q&A
This webinar is open to current Award Leaders and will focus on the Adventurous Journey (AJ) section of the Award. We will go over the different types of AJ’s and provide some examples of what a great AJ looks like. If you are unclear about the requirements, are looking to plan an Adventurous Journey for your Award Unit, or just want more information on Adventurous Journey opportunities, this is a great webinar for you.
Wednesday November 6, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday December 5, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Award Leader Refresher and Best Practices :  
This webinar is open to any current Award Leaders who are looking to share and discuss ways to amp up Award participation and completion. During this webinar, we will provide a refresher on the ethos of the Award, address any questions or concerns, and share best practices on leading successful Award Units.
Tuesday November 12, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Wednesday December 18, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

This group is for all Duke of Ed Award Leaders across Ontario. We hope you will use the group to network, share ideas, ask questions about the Award, and share success stories from your Award Units. Click below to join.
Come together with Alumni, Award Leaders and prominent
community members to enhance your network.

Join us for a night of food, fun and fellowship at
An Evening with The Duke of Ed Alumni!
Looking to inspire the young people you work with and encourage participation in the Award? The start of a new school year is a great time to check in with current participants to see how they are doing and encourage more youth to take on the Award challenge. A great way to do this is get more adults at your organization involved so they can deliver the Award framework and continue to build stronger relationships with the young people they work with. To set additional Award Leaders in your unit off on the right foot, please get in touch with your local Award Officer to organize a training! Involving more leaders means that young people have even more mentors who can meet with participants to encourage and guide them as they push their comfort zones and seek personal improvement. 

Consider scheduling a presentation night for the Pins and Bronze Certificates earned within your Award Unit! Celebrating the success of your Award Holders is a great way to build enthusiasm about the Award within your Unit. 

Not sure how to explain the Award to others? As clubs, teams, and group meetings start again a great way to get the ball rolling is to share with your organization a quick overview of the Award that they can refer to when encouraging new participants. 

Overview:  “The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a global framework for non-formal education, which challenges young people to dream big, celebrate their achievements and make a difference in their world. Through developing transferable skills, increasing their fitness levels, cultivating a sense of adventure and volunteering in their community, the Award helps young people find their purpose, passion and place in the world.”