Gold Award holders receive a Royal visit in Canada

Published: 2 Oct 2017

Prince Harry talks to Gold Award holders

On Sunday 24 September, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, Canada welcomed Prince Harry at Fairmont Royal York, Toronto as 150 Award participants received their Gold Awards.

During a well-deserved day of celebrations, there was an extra buzz of excitement in the air as Prince Harry canvased the room. Spending time talking to each participant about their Award experience, Prince Harry encouraged these young people to continue carving their own paths as future leaders with the determination and grit they had demonstrated to achieve their Gold Awards.

Participants were presented with their Gold Awards by Vice President of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Peter Lawless, who is himself an alumni of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, Canada. Recognising the hard work required to achieve the Gold Award, Peter spoke to the participants about the importance of perseverance, commending them on their persistence and contribution to their communities throughout the Award:

"I hope that you continue to serve in your communities, I hope you see the receipt of this Award not as a destination but as a milestone on a lifelong journey."

Gold Award holder Bibi Hakim spoke passionately about the effects the Award has had on her and all that she has accomplished as a direct result of her participation in the Award:

"This Award means so much because it has taught me valuable lessons, connected us together, and led us on a path to success," she said.

The Gold Award, the highest level of the Award, is for participants of aged over 16. Like the Bronze and Silver Award levels, it comprises of four sections: Service; Skill; Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey. However in addition to this, Gold Award participants are required to spend 5 days and 4 nights on a Residential Project which aims to broaden participants' horizons through involvement with others in a residential setting. You can read more about the Residential Project here.Prince Harry talks to Gold Award holders

Since its establishment in Canada in 1963, more than 500,000 young Canadians have taken the challenge which has Bronze, Silver and Gold levels of the Award. Find out more about the Award in Canada here.