FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A Fort St. John youth will be presented with the prestigious Silver Level Duke of Edinburgh’s Award on Thursday.

Vivian Jing Wen Wu from 2276 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps is among 60 youth from across the province receiving the award on what would have been The Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday. The ceremony will recognize the work of achievers in 2020. Having earned her Bronze in 2019, Wu is now working towards her Gold Award.

“We celebrate the achievements of these outstanding young people, who carry on [The Duke of Edinburgh’s] legacy through their infinite potential,” says Executive Director of the BC  Yukon Division, Caley Hartney. “The commitment, perseverance, and outstanding achievements of these youth are truly inspirational.”

To earn the Silver Award, achievers must work on four sections, over a minimum of 26 weeks, as part of the award program: community service, development of a skill, physical recreation, and an adventurous journey in nature.

Wu will be presented with a lapel pin and certificate for her achievement.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is described as a global program to challenge, empower, and recognize young people between the ages of 14 and 24. The program says its mission is to provide youth with the opportunities to challenge themselves and develop into the best possible versions of themselves.

The Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, will present the award during a virtual ceremony  Thursday at 6 p.m.