• Reporter Sue Chikie

Hilda Bell And The Duke Of Edinburgh Award


The Duke of Edinburgh. File photo

Since Prince Philip’s death you have heard a lot about the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme which was one of his favourite and most successful projects. This scheme is now experienced by young people around the world.

Hilda Bell took part in the program reaching the Silver level.

The presentation of the awards was held in Toronto in the fall of 1969.

There were over 100 boy scouts and 12 girls from GA, Girls Auxiliary,. GA is a program for girls through the Anglican Church of Canada.

Due to time restrictions Prince Philip could not present all the awards individually. All their names were put into a draw and Hilda was chosen to receive the award on behalf of all the GA members present. Unfortunately photos of this event are packed for their imminent move!

Hilda Bell stated, “This was an experience she would never forget.”

Also each group had a theme table representing something “Canadian.” The GA girls served Prince Philip pancakes and maple syrup. Before his arrival the Scout leaders had to keep calling the members of their scout troops back as they were enjoying the pancakes too!

The Duke of Edinburgh Award program develops leadership skills in many areas.

Hilda says it really helped her as she went forward into life.