Margaret Fountain, CM recommits to The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation as Global Benefactor

Published: 5 Apr 2016

Margaret (Maggie) Fountain, CM has generously extended her support of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation as Global Benefactor until 2018.

Maggie’s on-going personal commitment to this high value partnership will help to bring the Foundation closer to achieving its ambition of enabling all young people, wherever they live and whatever their circumstances, to have access to non-formal education through the Award.

Maggie became The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation’s Global Benefactor in 2012, and has made possible a number of vital Award initiatives in this time. During her involvement with the Charity, participation in the Award has increased to over one million young people each year.

Speaking about her support at The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Forum, which took place in her native Canada in October, Maggie said:

"I have found here within the family of the Award there is hope and optimism… you can feel the vibrancy of the Award. Every day, in over 140 countries, one million kids are united in survival. They’re developing life skills and growing in character; they’re growing in independence and learning to work as a team; they’re fulfilling their aspirations to make this world a better place. These kids are on fire… I’m proud to support The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award as Global Benefactor."

Commenting on her commitment, John May, Secretary General of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, exclaimed:

"We are thrilled that we will be continuing to partner with Maggie as Global Benefactor until 2018. Her extremely generous support has been critical in our drive to extend the reach of the Award, and to ensure it remains relevant to the challenges young people face. I would like to thank Maggie for her belief in our work and our organisation, as symbolised through this major donation."

Maggie generously gives her time to philanthropy, community service and volunteerism. She has served on many boards and committees and supported a number of organisations nationally and internationally. Well known in Nova Scotia for her support of the Arts, Maggie also actively supports education and health care. She has received many honours and medals, including the Queen's Jubilee medal.

Watch this film to hear Maggie talking more about why she supports The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation.