Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Over 30,000 Canadians between the ages of 14 and 25 are currently participating in this Youth Canadians Challenge.Founded in 1956 by Prince Philip, the worldwide programme allows youth to develop a sense of responsibility to themselves and to their communities. This programme of distinction requires four areas of participation: community service, expeditions and exploration, skills development, and physical fitness.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is widely recognized by employers and educators. The award reflects the experience and life skills Glenfir prides itself on offering its students.
Some of the benefits to students include:
1. increased motivation, self-confidence, and self-reliance
2. a sense of achievement and responsibility
3. new skills, interests, and talents
4. leadership and teamwork opportunities-improved problem-solving, decision-making, and interpersonal skills
5. enhanced self-esteem
For details about the Duke of Edinburgh's Award visit www.dukeofed.org.
On Monday, June 14, 2010, Summerland Mayor, Janice Perrino, awarded our students with their Bronze and/or Silver Duke of Edinburgh's Awards at the Summerland Municipal Hall. Two former students, who had completed the program while attending Glenfir, were also awarded their certificates.
Former student, Patrick King, was the only Summerland student to receive the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Gold award this year. He was presented with his award by Prince Philip at Point Grey Secondary School in Vancouver on Friday, March 19, 2010.