HRH The Prince Edward to visit Canada in October



    TORONTO, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - Tom McGrath, National President, and the Board
of Directors of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award are delighted to announce that
His Royal Highness The Prince Edward will undertake a Working Visit to Canada
from October 9-14, 2007.
    The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is the Lead Host of the six day visit to
Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia that involves 27 events
for 13 community organizations.
    On behalf of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, His Royal Highness will
preside over Award Ceremonies in Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax, presenting over
250 young Canadians with their Gold Awards. His Royal Highness will also
participate in youth events in Montreal & Ottawa, and meetings with Duke of
Edinburgh's Award leadership and partner organizations.
    His Royal Highness The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, KG, KCVO, SOM, ADC
is the International Chairman of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, and Honourary
Chairman of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Canadian Charter for Business. His
Royal Highness achieved his Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award in 1986.
    Details of each of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award events will be released
closer to the Visit.
    The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is an exciting personal challenge for young
Canadians aged 14 to 25. It is a balanced, non-competitive programme of
voluntary activities which encourages:
    
    -  Personal Discovery & Growth
    -  Self-Reliance
    -  Perseverance
    -  Responsibility, and
    -  Service to the Community
    

    Since it began in 1956, The Award has developed into one of the world's
most prestigious youth programmes. More than 120 countries now offer The Duke
of Edinburgh's Award and over 6 million young people have taken part.
    In Canada, the Award has been operating since 1963 under the leadership
of The Governor General and thousands of highly motivated volunteers. The
Award is amongst the highest accolades a young Canadian can receive, and some
30,000 participate each year.





For further information:

For further information: Rick Ashbee, National Executive Director - The
Duke of Edinburgh's Award, (416) 203-0674

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