February  2018

February may be one of the shorter months but this newsletter has so many opportunities for you to check out!

This month we are challenging everyone to share a picture of yourself volunteering or where you are volunteering! Share it with us  Facebook (@dukeofedAB), or Instagram (@dukeofedalberta) using the #featureFriday #DukeAwardAB 
Oh, and you have a chance to win a $25 gift card! 

If you are interested in having us present to your group or school about the Award program. Please contact our Program Officers  Graham  (Southern AB), and Diana  (Northern AB, NWT & NU).

On Wednesday February 14th and Thursday February 22nd we will have extended hours until 8pm. Feel free to give us a call, drop in, and ask questions.

As always keep warm, be safe, and let's get keep exploring!
Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink
We have been selected as one of the participating charities this year!
Award Opportunities
Canada Service Corps - Why service matters
Canada Service Corps
Young Canadians building a better Canada.
We challenge you to learn a language with us!

We want to learn something new this month and we are taking on a new language. We are taking on French, German, and Spanish and we want to challenge you (and it can count as your Skills component)!! To join us, see the classroom code below:
French  QGYBCP
Youth of Distinction Awards

Youth Central is accepting nominations for the  Youth of Distinction Awards until Monday, February 26th, 2018.
Do you remember what it felt like the last time someone acknowledged your efforts?  We hope you will consider passing on that experience to a youth who deserves recognition in your life. The Youth of Distinction Awards are unique because they do not focus on academic achievement, but highlight the small ways youth choose to make a difference every day. With so much noise out there, youth may feel lost and overwhelmed, or wonder it their effort is worth it. YODA is an easy way to combat the negative stigma so often associated with young people. Please help Youth Central to continue to spread the message that youth matter, they are valuable members of our community, and their choices DO make a difference.
If you know a young person who is passionate, committed, or has overcome adversity? Recognize them for their efforts! You can nominate youth (12-18) for being leaders, environmentalists, advocates, athletes, team players, dedicated artists,  or outstanding volunteers. For more information and nomination forms, visit:  youthcentral.com/yoda/
Cycle your way through your Adventurous Journey with Two Wheel View!

Calgary to Banff
Date: July 16-21, 2018
Ages: 14-17

Imagine exploring the prairies, foothills and mountains of Southern Alberta - all in one trip! Two Wheel View offers youth a unique travel experience that begins in Calgary and heads westward into the majestic Rockies. 

Young Adult Leadership Trip
Date: June 23 & July 5-8, 2018
Ages: 18-24

The Young Adult Ride Leadership bike trip is designed for 18-24 year olds who have experience bicycle touring with Two Wheel View or otherwise, and wish to dive deeper into the philosophy and practice of leadership in the outdoors and as it pertains to self-supported bike trips. This experience consists of one day learning session at the TWV Headquarters followed by a 4-day bike trip. Participants from this trip, who are interested, will be considered for future opportunities on the Two Wheel View Bike Trip Leader team.

Check out their  website for more trip details.
Volunteer Opportunity -  Killarney Family Skate party

When: Sunday February 18th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The volunteer shift will last from 11:00 am until approximately 5:00 pm. Great way to get services hours
Looking for volunteers to help with set-up, clean up, to run the skate shack, and help run the kids craft table.  

The skate shack is a service where all kids can borrow free skates and helmets to use on the day of the party.  

Orientation and instruction on the day.

Contact Graham McKelvie to sign up!
Physical Recreation - Check out ParticipACTION

There is always something happening in Alberta Parks

Public Programs
We provide public programs and interpretive resources in many parks.
  • Join a park interpreter on a guided nature walk.
  • Come to a hilarious high-energy amphitheatre show. 
  • Enjoy a fun, hands-on learning experience for the whole family.
  • Chat with a park interpreter one-on-one at select trailheads and day use areas, as well as visitor centres.
  • Pick up informative brochures and explore interactive exhibits at our visitor centres.
  • Self-guided interpretive trails are available in some locations - enjoy these trails of discovery with fascinating stories about plants, animals and local history. Search for "Interpretive" in the Trails listing. You can also check in the "trails" section for a specific park (located under the Information & Facilities tab.)
Our public programs are informal and fun. Interpretation:
  • is an innovative teaching technique that combines facts with stimulating explanatory information;
  • reveals the meanings of and relationships between natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources; and
  • is a profession with highly trained staff dedicated to environmental education.
Events Listing
Check our  Events Calendar to see upcoming events at parks across the province.  

Learn and Develop your Adventurous Journey Skills

Are you looking to develop some of your Preliminary training skills including cooking, navigation, or gear repair?

Check out the free workshops offered by MEC in Calgary and Edmonton.



This community fair and contest is a youth-initiated, volunteer-driven, community-based event that will provide community members and families with local resources, entertainment, networking opportunities and fun activities! The purpose of the project is to celebrate diversity and multiculturalism through stories, enhance social inclusion and provide easy access to community resources and services.

Every newcomer youth has a story about starting a new life in Canada. Tell your story through film, dance, music or writing! We are looking for immigration stories that match our theme of 'A Colourful Life: Diversity in Canada'. Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) is giving away two $500 scholarships to youth who are willing to share their stories at the Tale from Around the Globe Community Fair on March 17, 2018. The contest is open to everyone between the ages of 12 and 20. 

For any further questions or concerns, please contact gial@immigrantservicescalgary.ca or kaylal@immigrantservicescalgary.ca
We strive to be the best because you deserve the best!

Do you have questions?



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Contact us





Staff Contacts

General Inquiries -  abntnu@theaward.ca

Ashley Tedham - atedham@theaward.ca
Executive Director

Elizabeth Gordon - egordon@theaward.ca
Program Coordinator

Diana Cretu - dcretu@theaward.ca
Program Officer (Edmonton & Northern Alberta, NWT, NU)

Graham McKelvie - gmckelvie@theaward.ca
Program Officer (Calgary & Southern Alberta)

Youth Resiliency Project

Robyn Webster - rwebster@theaward.ca
Program Officer (Edmonton & Northern Alberta, NWT, NU) 

Chantel Bender -  cbender@theaward.ca
Program Officer (Calgary & Southern Alberta)

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