Families and youth across the province will participate in programs promoting physical activity and growing communities as part of Duke Awareness Week, Oct. 16-22. Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis was joined by representatives from the Department of Education and members of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award provincial council to raise the Duke of Edinburgh flag at Province House, today, Oct. 17. “Young Nova Scotians are setting a wonderful example by encouraging people to become volunteers and do what they can to make their communities stronger,” said the lieutenant-governor. “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program recognizes youth who give selflessly, and help make this province an even better place to be.” More than 2,300 young Nova Scotians, age 14 to 25, participate in duke programs each year to promote community and country development, while learning the life skills that lead to personal growth and achievement. “Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programs offer students learning opportunities that go far beyond what they learn in the classroom,” said Mat Whynott, ministerial assistant responsible for youth. “Along with the physical activity component, the award program is a great way for young Nova Scotians to contribute to their communities and gain valuable leadership skills.” Throughout the week, duke participants, leaders, council members, parents and volunteers will participate in theme days that highlight the great work youth are doing in their communities. Activities will promote the main themes of the program including awareness, gratitude, fitness, environmental appreciation and community involvement. For more information, visit www.dukeofed.org .