Princess to hand out Duke of Edinburgh gold awards awards on Friday

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Some 150 young people from this province will receive Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards on Friday from Princess Anne, The Princess Royal.
The ceremony will be held at the Delta Hotel in St. John's and begins at 2:05 p.m.
The award's program began in 1956 with Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, as chairman.
According to the program's website (http://www.dukeofed.org/), it is a program of activities for young people between the ages of 14 and 25. More than 36,000 young Canadians are involved.
There are three levels: bronze, silver and gold.
The gold award is usually presented by the governor-general or a member of the British Royal Family.
To achieve an award, participants must set and achieve their personal goals in four areas: community service, skills, physical recreation and adventurous journey.
The award's program came to Canada in 1963 and currently runs in 126 countries around the world.
It can take several years to achieve all three awards.

Organizations: The Princess Royal, Delta Hotel, British Royal Family

Geographic location: St. John's, Canada

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  • Victor
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    The programs' best trait is its universality.

    All kids, whether in regular school or children who are developmentally delayed can participate.

    This was many years before the Special Olympics.

  • Nasty
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    Maybe look at what Danny is costing all of us rather then what other give for a change. Priorities people seem to be lost in translation these days.

    How much free booze did Danny drink at the Juno's when the general public were not permitted to even purchase any? Now thats a question to ask during today's opening session at Confederation Building.

  • Manuel
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    Now just how much is this useless medal that she is supposed to give going to cost us?
    Leave her in her castle and do it via video conference. Cheaper and less of our tax dollars wasted again on a Royal Family that only about 2 percent of the population has any respect for.

  • Award Recipient
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    Manual Clark,
    Us achievers have worked very hard to receive such a prestigious award and being presented by a member of the Royal family is an honour that many have us have been looking forward to and awaiting for 5 years. It is far from a useless medal and I would encourage you, as Fred said, to take a look at the requirements, such as how many hours we willingly dedicate to the community.

    As well, Fred raised another good point. Princess Anne is coming for several events, including the 215th Anniversary for the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, as well as receiving an honorary doctor of laws degree from MUN. She is not coming just to present a useless award, but thanks for your consideration anyways.

    Thanks Fred for taking the time to post a positive message here. I really can't help but lose faith occasionally when people feel the need to be so negative all the time.

  • Jason
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    Actually it doesn't cost of us anything! I was fortunate enough to enroll in this program years ago and had Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, present me my award when he was in the province years ago.
    The medal is simply a little pin and come from the program not the tax payers.

  • Sounding
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Is it true that Annie will be dropping by that English pub off Duckworth St. for a pint of bitter. It'd be nice for her to recognize the English establishments while she's here.

  • Perline
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Another chance for the Principal at Gonzaga to preen in public.

    The program is past its prime and should be dismantled or at a minimum modernized.

  • Colleen
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    Perline, you seem to think that only Gonzaga High School participates? This program has young men and women from all walks of life involved. Look around the West Coast, I'm sure you will find any number of youth involved. My son just started the bronz program through his air cadet program - trust me, this program is not for couch potatoes - there's a lot of hard work involved. The Duke of Edinburg Award Program trains young men and women to be all around good citizens of their community, province and country. My son is looking forward to the day he receives his gold medal - presented to him by a member of the Royal Family.

  • Fred
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    Manuel
    Before you pontificate from your high horse, why don't you review the qualifications for the Gold level award? These kids do a lot to get these awards, including community service.

    We did not bring Princess Anne over here to distribute these awards. She is doing this because she is here.

  • John
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    So.. she just canceled her trip to Halifax. I guess that means she won't show here either.

  • Mary
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    This is a fantastic program for all youth in the province. It is the most prestigous award for young Canadians. Those of you who feel this program is a waste of time should have your head examined or are obviously too old to recognize the great potential for our youth. Programs like the Duke of Edinburgh Award help to promote leadership, responsibility and build well-rounded individuals who are our leaders of tomorrow. This isn't about Danny, the Juno's or anyone else - it's about our Youth and celebrating their accomplishments.

  • Victor
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    The programs' best trait is its universality.

    All kids, whether in regular school or children who are developmentally delayed can participate.

    This was many years before the Special Olympics.

  • Nasty
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    Maybe look at what Danny is costing all of us rather then what other give for a change. Priorities people seem to be lost in translation these days.

    How much free booze did Danny drink at the Juno's when the general public were not permitted to even purchase any? Now thats a question to ask during today's opening session at Confederation Building.

  • Manuel
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    Now just how much is this useless medal that she is supposed to give going to cost us?
    Leave her in her castle and do it via video conference. Cheaper and less of our tax dollars wasted again on a Royal Family that only about 2 percent of the population has any respect for.

  • Award Recipient
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    Manual Clark,
    Us achievers have worked very hard to receive such a prestigious award and being presented by a member of the Royal family is an honour that many have us have been looking forward to and awaiting for 5 years. It is far from a useless medal and I would encourage you, as Fred said, to take a look at the requirements, such as how many hours we willingly dedicate to the community.

    As well, Fred raised another good point. Princess Anne is coming for several events, including the 215th Anniversary for the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, as well as receiving an honorary doctor of laws degree from MUN. She is not coming just to present a useless award, but thanks for your consideration anyways.

    Thanks Fred for taking the time to post a positive message here. I really can't help but lose faith occasionally when people feel the need to be so negative all the time.

  • Jason
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    Actually it doesn't cost of us anything! I was fortunate enough to enroll in this program years ago and had Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, present me my award when he was in the province years ago.
    The medal is simply a little pin and come from the program not the tax payers.

  • Sounding
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    Is it true that Annie will be dropping by that English pub off Duckworth St. for a pint of bitter. It'd be nice for her to recognize the English establishments while she's here.

  • Perline
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    Another chance for the Principal at Gonzaga to preen in public.

    The program is past its prime and should be dismantled or at a minimum modernized.

  • Colleen
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    Perline, you seem to think that only Gonzaga High School participates? This program has young men and women from all walks of life involved. Look around the West Coast, I'm sure you will find any number of youth involved. My son just started the bronz program through his air cadet program - trust me, this program is not for couch potatoes - there's a lot of hard work involved. The Duke of Edinburg Award Program trains young men and women to be all around good citizens of their community, province and country. My son is looking forward to the day he receives his gold medal - presented to him by a member of the Royal Family.

  • Fred
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    Manuel
    Before you pontificate from your high horse, why don't you review the qualifications for the Gold level award? These kids do a lot to get these awards, including community service.

    We did not bring Princess Anne over here to distribute these awards. She is doing this because she is here.

  • John
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    So.. she just canceled her trip to Halifax. I guess that means she won't show here either.

  • Mary
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    This is a fantastic program for all youth in the province. It is the most prestigous award for young Canadians. Those of you who feel this program is a waste of time should have your head examined or are obviously too old to recognize the great potential for our youth. Programs like the Duke of Edinburgh Award help to promote leadership, responsibility and build well-rounded individuals who are our leaders of tomorrow. This isn't about Danny, the Juno's or anyone else - it's about our Youth and celebrating their accomplishments.