A Summerland youth was one of 22 from British Columbia and Alberta to receive the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award this year.
Dana McLellan, a member of the 902 Summerland Air Cadets, received the award at a ceremony in West Kelowna on Tuesday.
The award was presented by Her Royal Highness The Princess Edward Countess of Wessex.
These certificates are awarded in recognition of the youth completing the requirements for the Gold Award Level.
To earn this award, the achievers must complete five sections of the award program: volunteer service, a skill, physical recreation, an adventurous journey, and a residential project working consistently over a minimum of 18 months.
The award is presented to the achiever in the form of a lapel pin and a certificate.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an international youth award for participants between the ages of 14 and 24.
It is a fully inclusive program, without academic requirements for participation.
At present there are eight million participants in more than 140 countries around the world, with approximately 8,000 participants in the British Columbia and Yukon Division.
More than 44,000 Canadian youth are participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program, either as independents or members of organized groups.
For more information about the program please visitdukeofed.org/bc.