Okotoks Students Among Recipients of Duke of Edinburgh Award


Duke of Edinburgh awards Calgary Nov 2015The Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver ​Award were presented by Her Honour, The Honourable Lois Mitchell to 32 Alberta youth ranging in age from ​16 to 24 who have challenged themselves in four major initiatives: participating and planning a three day adventurous journey, spending 12 months learning a skill, being physically active and spending 6 months supporting their communities.  The youth are from Calgary, Edmonton, Canmore, Cardston, Coalhurst, Heisler, Okotoks, Olds and Ponoka. The ceremony was held on the evening of Friday November 13th at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel in Calgary.

In attendence were:


  • Honourable Lois Mitchell, CM, AOE, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
  • Al-Karim Khimji, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Alberta Division President
  • Acting Superintendent ​Terry Larson, Calgary Police Service
  • Chief Rod Knecht, Edmonton Police Service
  • Inspector Chris Culhane, RCMP, K Division

The students from Okotoks all attend Strathcona Tweedsmuir School in DeWinton:

  • Janna Newton (16)
  • Sarah Stumpf (16)
  • Sareena Lakhu (16)
  • Azeeza Randhawa (17)

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The 3​​2 Alberta youth that were honoured contributed more than 1,500 volunteer hours to their communities and were physically active for over 2,500 hours.

About The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

HRH The Prince Philip launched The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in 1956.  It was started in Alberta in 1965 by a group of Alberta leaders and educators to foster and develop young leaders.  The Award has expanded to eight million participants worldwide, including 37,000 in Canada and over 6,300 in Alberta Youth age 14 to ​24, regardless of physical or mental abilities, social, economic, religious, or ethnic backgrounds, can participate in the program.

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