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 Please, Join The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards in an Evening of Celebration a musical tribute to H.M. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh on the occasion of The Queen’s Birthdayto ensure a seat please RSVP with a request for tickets , all tickets will be at the door after 6pm  at the will call table with your names THIS IS A FREE EVENT TO CELBRATE HER MAJESTY AND THE VOLINTEER SPIRIT THAT MAKES CANADA  GREAT!Get your friends together and Join us  Friday April 20th,2012

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Nova Scotia Division

Request the Honour of Your Presence at The Celebration of a Century of Service the Diamond Jubilee and Birthday of  Queen Elizabeth II  and The Fortieth Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards in Nova Scotia

Friday April 20th 2012 

7:00 PM doors open at 6:30pm

Cathedral Church of All Saints   

1330 Martello Street , Halifax NS

  R.S.V.P.  by April 18th 2012                                                                                                                               


INVITATION TO DUKE MEMBERS – 100th ANNIVERSARY OF TITANIC TRAGEDY The world will be coming to Halifax on the weekend of April 14/15 for commemorative events on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. And the event organizers are hoping Duke Youth, Leaders and other volunteers can help by participating in two events: Saturday, April 14: Procession from Maritime Museum of the Atlantic to Grand Parade. Please meet behind the museum, in the courtyard area, at 7:30 p.m. From there, the procession, made up of police, youth groups, marching bands etc. will proceed up to Grand Parade. Youth and leaders welcome in the procession. Families welcome to fall in behind and follow the formal procession. At the grand parade, there will be seating for those in the procession and families can stand nearby. All welcome to stay for the concert, 9 p.m.-midnight or you are free to go.There is no limit to numbers.


Biathlon Staff Cadets first in Canada to receive prestigious award

March 9 , 2012
by Lt Tracy Williams, Press Centre Correspondent
Photos by Cpl Jennifer Kusche and Lt Tracy Williams

Staff Cadets from all across Canada, who gathered this week to assist with the 2012 National Cadet Biathlon Championship, were surprised this week when they found out they would be the first in the country to be presented with a very special award.

Commander Gary Reddy, Commanding Officer of the Regional Cadet Support Unit (Atlantic) was on hand as the Cadets were presented with the Diamond Jubilee Century of Service Bronze Award. Presenting the awards was Carole Thompson, President of the Nova Scotia Duke of Edinburgh Awards Provincial Council, and Brian Gazeley and Joseph Landry, co-chairs of the Century of Service Awards committee.

The award was created to celebrate the sixtieth year of Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation in 1952, as well as the fortieth year of the Duke of Edinburgh program in Nova Scotia. The medal is given to Canadian citizens who spend a set amount of time learning a new skill, exploring Royal history, or in the case of the Cadets, dedicating forty hours of volunteer service to their communities. The staff cadets, having completed this amount of time during the course of the Championship, qualified for the Bronze level award.

The Cadets were presented with a beautiful bronze medal and certificate celebrating their service, beautifully mounted and suitable for framing. During the ceremony, the Cadets were encouraged to “take the challenge” and continue to serve their communities. If they do, they can qualify for Silver, Gold and Diamond medals given for 60, 80, and 100 hours of service respectively.

Holly Smith, an Air Cadet with 292 Halifax Fairview Squadron, was one of the Cadets who received the handsome bronze medal. She was thrilled to be one of the first Canadians to be given this honour. “It’s pretty neat because we are the first sixty people to get it in all of Canada!” she said. She was also impressed that their photos were going to be sent to the Queen herself to commemorate the event.

I asked Chris Leger from 763 Bouctouche Air Cadet Squadron, who also received his medal, if he planned on continuing to work towards the Diamond level award. “Yes, I do!” he said. “I’m really looking forward to getting my Diamond Century of Service Award.”

The excited Cadets were encouraged to return to their Cadet Corps/Squadrons, schools and communities and spread the word about the program. Anyone aged twelve and up is invited to participate. For more information about the program, you can visit their website at:


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