New National Director for the Award in Canada

Published: 22 Jan 2018

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is delighted to announce that Deputy Secretary General Stephen De-Wint has been appointed as the new National Executive Director of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, Canada.

He will replace Rick Ashbee, who is stepping down after almost 19 years of dedicated service to the Award. Rick has been instrumental in growing the number of participants from 19,000 when he joined in 1999 to over 51,000 today.

Steve has served The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation for more than seven years in a number of roles and spearheaded a range of exciting new changes and initiatives for the Award and wider Association.

John May, Secretary General of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award says:

“Steve has been a huge asset to the Foundation’s team over the past seven years and I’d like to thank him for all his hard work, insight and enthusiasm. The Foundation’s loss is certainly Canada’s gain, but I know we will continue to work closely, as we strive towards our ambition to make the Award is accessible to all 14-24 year olds worldwide. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Rick Ashbee for his passionate, dedicated service to the Award in Canada; he leaves the Award in an incredibly strong place, as it works to empower and champion young Canadians across the country.”

Of his appointment, Steve De-Wint says:

“I am incredibly lucky and pleased that in the next stage of my career development I can still be a part of the Award family. I believe that the Foundation has an incredibly strong team that can take things forward in great ways. I am very happy that I will still be part of the Award overall and be able to play my part in helping to grow the Award across Canada.”

Today, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award - Canada can be found right across the country, engaging over 51,000 young people and over 2,700 Award Leaders annually. The Award in Canada is run in cities, rural and remote areas, through government and independent schools, universities and colleges, and a wide range of organisations such as Cadets, Scouts, Girl Guides, Indigenous youth groups, new immigrant support programs, sports clubs, employers, youth detention centres and community youth organisations.

For more information about the great work of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, Canada, visit