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50th Anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Australia

Ambassadors Dinner in London, June 2012.

On Wednesday 27th June 2012 The Award held its annual Ambassador’s Dinner at St James’s Palace, London.  Hosted by His Royal Highness, The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, the dinner was held to assist us in growing our Ambassador Program which ensures more young people the opportunity to access The Duke of Edinburgh's Award regardless of location, race or circumstance.

As well as the special dinner at St James’s Palace the 50 guests from Australia, the United States and UK enjoyed a week long program of activities.   

Highlights included:

  • Watching Australian champion ‘Black Caviar’ win at Royal Ascot thanks to the  generosity of Electrolux
  • Enjoying Singing in The Rain  at The Palace Theatre before a late supper at the famous Ritz London
  • Watching The Changing of The Guard ceremony in Buckingham Palace grounds
  • Meeting HRH, Prince Edward, in one of his family’s home settings and listening to him explain the history of St James’s Palace , whilst we sat in a room that has hosted many famous icons before our time
  • Attending Wimbledon with Court 1 tickets and indulging in the traditional strawberries and cream afternoon tea
    Having a personal tour of the London Olympic Stadium with our host Andy Mc Menamin prior to it being open to the public.


If you are interested in attending the 2013 London Trip please contact The National Office on (02) 8280 8600 (prompt 3) for further details 

Reception at Government House Sydney, Tuesday 12th August 2012

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Australia held a special reception on Tuesday, 14th August 2012, as part of a series of events to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Duke of Ed in Australia. This reception recognised a number of key people who have supported The Duke of Ed over this time including Chairmen, sponsors, volunteers and supporters. 

This occasion was hosted by Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales and former Chair of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Australia. Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC, OBE KStJ at Government House Sydney. Attendees at this special event to salute the 50th Anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Australia included Board Directors, Ambassadors, sponsors, project partners, adult volunteers, Awardees and Alumni members. 

National Chairman of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Australia The Hon Shane L Stone AC QC spoke passionately about the origins of our program and the successes over the past 50 years that have made our program the youth program of choice for young Australians.

Michael Marino, a Coordinator from the Multicultural Communities Council of Illawara (MCCI) also spoke passionately from personal experience about how The Duke of Edinburgh's Award has impacted and transformed the lives of many Participants.

As part of this special reception, a number of recognition plaques were presented by Her Excellency, The Governor to the following people for their special involvement with The Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Australia.

The Honourable Lawrence Anthony

In recognition of the great leadership and energy Larry has provided to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia in his role as National Chairman between 2005 and 2012, which inspired the implementation of a national strategy and vision.  And In appreciation of his ongoing commitment as Chairman of The Friends of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia.

Ms Vivienne Ashcroft OAM

In recognition of the great management Vivienne provided to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia between 1976 and 1998 as National Secretary, and in acknowledgement of her role as lead advocate to implement The Award Program in Australia for Girls, in conjunction with the YWCA.   

 

Mr Michael Crouch AO

In recognition of Michael’s passion, commitment and support of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia. Recognising his company Zip Industries as Principal Sponsor of The Award in Australia, Michael’s role as a National Board Director between 2009 -2012, his instrumental role in setting up The Award Ambassador Program and now his current involvement in The Friends of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia.

Mr Bill James

In recognition of Bill’s belief, passion and commitment to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia. Through his generous support in funding The Kokoda Track Experience, Bill and his family are enabling a significant number of disadvantaged young people to experience a life-changing opportunity.   

Mr Peter Kaye

In recognition of the enormous hours of voluntary work and support Peter has provided to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia for over thirty three years. In particular, his Governance contribution since 1979, role as National Board Director and Treasurer since 1996, his contribution as Chair of various Award Boards and Peter’s International involvement.    

Sir Eric Neal AC CVO

In recognition of the great leadership and guidance Sir Eric provided to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia in his role as National Chairman between 1984 and1991, and his continued advocacy, support and enthusiasm of The Award Program since that time. We thank Sir Eric for his lifetime Ambassadorship. 

Lady Joan Neal AM 

In recognition of the thirty five years Lady Neal has supported and advocated for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia.  Lady Neal’s commitment, passion and enthusiasm for young people and The Award Program is remarkable, we thank Lady Neal for her lifetime Ambassadorship. 

 

Mr John Pascoe AO CVO

In recognition of the great leadership John provided to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia in his role as National Chairman between 1995 and 2004 and putting The Award in Australia in the international spotlight through his continued advocacy and support.  

Mr David Bruce Reid  

In recognition of the commitment and generous support David and his family have shown to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia.  Through The Bruce and Joy Reid Foundation they have provided a working environment for the National Office for over 12 years. 

Mr Peter Rowe

I n recognition of the commitment and support Peter has shown to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia, above and beyond the very generous pro bono legal advice he provided as a Partner at Freehills.

 

Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE  

In recognition of the great leadership Sir Nicholas provided to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia in his role as National Chairman between 1992 and 1994 and Sir Nicholas’ continued advocacy and support of The Award Program since that time. 

Mr David Lovelock -Travel Associates 

In recognition of the continuous support, commitment and great enthusiasm David has for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia. Recognising Travel Associates as the first and longest standing Gold Sponsor of The Award in Australia. 

Ms Jean Vincent  

In recognition of the forty years Jean has volunteered and provided dedicated encouragement, advice and support to Participants and other Volunteers of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia, particularly within the Hunter Valley NSW region. 

New South Wales Government, Department of Communities, Sport and Recreation

In recognition of the generous funding and commitment The Department has provided to The Award Program in NSW and the great belief you have in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia.