Welcome to The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Ontario Division – Ontario Newsletter.

In this edition:

  • Passion to Purpose
  • Price Increase Reminder
  • Award Leader Survey
  • Selfless 16
  • Spring Ceremonies
  • ORB Video of the Month
  • Shoreline Cleanup

We would like to thank all Award Leaders for your ongoing support to the Award and the Participants involved. The Award would not be the same without you. We strive to keep Award Leaders up to date with Online Record Book tips and tricks, Award events and anything else pertaining to the Award.

Thank you for your hard work and dedication!
Be the spark that ignites the flame.  
Sometimes, all it takes is a spark to ignite a flame. We want you to be that spark. The Duke of Ed’s Passion to Purpose wants your spark to start a fire of change within your communities. This summer, we are challenging young Canadians from 16-24 and from all walks of life to turn their passion into purpose in meaningful ways, and we need your help! 
What is Passion to Purpose?  
Passion to Purpose is a five-day in person youth forum offered to 100 Canadians aged 16-24. Taking place at the University of Regina, youth will participate in workshops, team building exercises and outdoor activities that will develop their passion into an action plan that creates lasting impacts within their communities. 
Along with our forums, The Duke of Ed, with the support of the Federal Government’s Canada Service Corps, is are offering grants of $250, $750 and $1,500 to help turn participants action plans into reality. This is a great Gold project opportunity for participants working on their Gold level. 
There are two easy ways you can help us reach our goal:  

1) Encourage you Participants to apply  
2) Promote Passion to Purpose across your networks  
Stay up to date by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and visit us at  to find out more about the program and how to apply. 
The Important Details:  
Who: Duke of Ed Participants between the ages of 16 and 24 
What: Passion to Purpose youth forum 
When: August 13th-17th, 2018 
Where: University of Regina 
Cost: $200 registration fee upon acceptance of application. This includes room and board. Financial support is available. 
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Canada is adjusting our registration fee to help us continue expanding our reach and ensure that every young Canadian can access and participate fully in our program. We believe the Duke of Ed is an exceptional program and want to do everything we can to ensure that this Award remains barrier free and that participants have a positive Award experience. Participants will now pay $50, an increase of $20 designed to support sustainability. 

Thank you for your continued dedication to the Award. If you have any questions, please call or email your local  Award Officer  or Division office.

We are happy to help with whatever we can!

Click here  for full statement by Jeff Needham, Executive Director.
Thank you for volunteering as an Award Leader with the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award! Your time and efforts as a leader are much appreciated.

Our purpose is to equip young people for life through skill building, community service, physical recreation and an outdoor adventurous journey experience.

We want to help youth find their passions, engage in their community, and grow along the way. 

We rely on our leaders and your expertise in working with youth to help us make this vision come to life.

Thank you for volunteering as an Award Leader with The Duke of Ed! Your time and efforts as a leader are much appreciated. 

We have developed this survey to hear from you and get more insight on your experience as an Award Leader. Thank you for taking the time to answer this survey. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
The Duke of Ed is proud to partner with Selfless 16™, an initiative founded by Award Achiever Soheila Mosun. Selfless 16 is an inspirational youth movement that has quickly captured the attention of youth and educators. Armed with the desire to drive awareness for community causes and to encourage self-reflection amongst her peers, Soheila started Selfless 16.
On June 2nd, 2018, 80 Participants were presented their Silver Certificates. Thank you to Crescent School for hosting the event.
On June 6 th , 2018, 23 Participants were presented Bronze and Silver Awards.  Thank you to TD for sponsoring and hosting the event.
This short webinar is made for participants, to make sure they have everything they need and how to successfully submit their Award to their Award Leader.
We’re gearing up to cleanup as part of our Summer 2018 Duke Cleanup Challenge!

Join us Friday July 6th, 2018 from 10:00am- 12:00pm at Coronation Park in Toronto , and help us cleanup and protect Toronto’s Shoreline! Environmental conservation and stewardship is a core value of the Duke of Ed. Taking part in a shoreline cleanup, is an important part in helping to preserve and protect the ecosystems that are greatly affected by human waste. Help us protect our local shorelines by joining our shoreline cleanup following the link below. This cleanup also counts towards service hours for Duke of Ed participants!

For more information email Andrew Ratcliff at