Diamond Jubilee
Century of Service
Together: A Century of Service

60 years: Her Majesty, Elizabeth II as Canada’s Ruling Monarch

40 years: The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Programme in Nova Scotia

The Diamond Jubilee Century of Service CHALLENGE AWARD

During 2012, Nova Scotians and residents of Canada will be invited to recognize two royal milestones. A commemorative medal has been created to mark the celebration of both the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne in 1952, as well as the 40th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotians have created The Diamond Jubilee Century of Service CHALLENGE Award as a tangible way to honour Her Majesty for 60 years of Service, and HRH The Prince Philip, who founded The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Programme in 1956. The CHALLENGE will also serve to honour citizens who choose to volunteer, Commemorate, and Celebrate, and through their participation, they will represent and exemplify the best of the Canadian spirit of Service and Achievement. Participants will be asked to challenge themselves by: (i) spending 60 hours to complete a project exploring Royal history; and /or learning a new skill, AND (ii) contributing at least 40 hours of service to their local communities. The Award will be given at four levels: Bronze; Silver; Gold, and Diamond, with the number of hours contributed to community service differentiates the Award levels. The inaugural presentation ceremony of The Diamond Jubilee Century of Service CHALLENGE Award will take place in Halifax on December 12, 2012. A special committee consisting of members and supporters of the Nova Scotia Division, The Duke of Edinburgh Award in Canada will administer the Award programme.

Description of the medal

The obverse: Her Majesty and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, in profile, recognizing the value of cooperation, and the strength of their royal partnership – Together a Century of Service; and the emblem of the Nova Scotia Division of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Canada.

The obverse depicts Century of Service Award Crest. The Thistle represents the royal heritage of New Scotland; the Mayflower is the floral symbol of Nova Scotia and the Blueberry is its official fruit. The Crown, centred, symbolizes the 60 year reign of Her Majesty. The Cipher of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh rests on the Mayflower representing the NS Division and its 40 years of service.