The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award



Nicole, second from left, stands next to Prince Edward.

When Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, visited the Prairies in June, one Richardson International employee had the honour of being selected to receive the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, presented by the Earl himself.

Nicole Webster, a lab technician at Richardson in Winnipeg, was one of 50 Manitobans to receive the very special designation for the years of commitment she has made to volunteerism, skill development, physical activity and adventurous journeys (all categories are personally selected by the participants); otherwise known as the Gold level within the Duke of Edinburgh Award ranks.

Nicole spent two years to complete each of the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels of The Award. For the past 10 years, she has been intermittently volunteering as a Girl Guide Leader in Winnipeg. She has been volunteering with a local Brownie group for the past three years, helping to plan weekly meetings, organize summer and winter camps and attend additional activities. Having been a member of Girl Guides most of her life, what matters most to Nicole is that she is able to provide meaningful opportunities for the young girls she leads, just as she once experienced.


Hartley Richardson joins Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and the 50 Manitobans who received an award.

For the skill development category, Nicole learned how to knit and made a blanket, which took her a year and a half to complete. Her physical activity challenge was training and completing a few half marathons, enjoying cross-country skiing during the winter months, and committing to a weekly yoga practice. A camping and hiking trip in Ireland checked off her adventurous journey.

Knit Blanket

Nicole’s knit blanket.

Each recipient was allowed to invite two guests to the ceremony, so both of Nicole’s parents where there to support her. Also there were Nicole’s two best friends, who were also presented The Award.

“Being presented the award was awesome!” said Nicole. “Having His Royal Highness Prince Edward there to acknowledge everyone’s accomplishments and personally shake our hands made the experience very special and was a day I will not soon forget.”

From all your friends and colleagues at Richardson, congratulations, Nicole!


Nicole and her two friends.

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