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GGFG Youth Awards

The Governor General’s Foot Guards (GGFG) believes in the potential of Ottawa/Outaouis youth.  Accordingly, as part of our 150th anniversary celebrations, the regimental family has decided to give back to the community that has supported us so well over the years by inaugurating the GGFG Youth Achievement Awards.


This year, in cooperation with like-minded civic partners, we will present three $5000 awards and one $4000 award to youth whose ability, hard work, and perseverance merits special recognition.   We seek to celebrate and incentivize high performing young people in the Ottawa region as they pursue educational advancement or skills development. 


The GGFG are Canada’s senior primary reserve infantry regiment.  Based in Ottawa, the “Foot Guards” are recognized worldwide, proudly serving Canada domestically and internationally on operational deployments and ceremonial duties.  Members of the GGFG are trained to a high standard and demonstrate principles, skills and professionalism that are indicative of model citizens.  Those values and skills provide a lifelong foundation that is readily transferable to family life, work and community involvement.  By encouraging youth to pursue similar life-skills, we hope to help develop tomorrow’s model citizens.


We have endeavoured to make the Youth Award application/nomination process as simple as possible.  Besides an application form identifying the nominee or applicant, interested parties are requested write a brief essay/nomination explaining why that individual deserves recognition.  Applicants/nominees will be assessed upon how well they meet the criteria detailed below.  Please note these are the same characteristics, traits and attributes our regiment expects of its citizen soldiers.


  • Pursuit of excellence;

  • Going above and beyond;

  • Overcoming adversity

  • Drive and determination

  • Pride of service to the community and country


Detailed instructions about the application process and a poster summarizing the GGFG Youth Achievement Awards are below.   Please note that email submissions (to are requested not later than 10 March 2023.  Interviews (if required) will take place the following week.  In turn, the Awards presentations are tentatively scheduled for the evening of 25 March 2023 in Ottawa.  It is hoped recipients will then apply the proceeds of their awards to the upcoming academic year.


The Ottawa/Outaouis region is fortunate to have so many bright, hardworking and promising young citizens in our community.   We believe the GGFG Youth Achievement Awards will build upon that inherent potential by helping the next generation of young leaders succeed in achieving their goals.  On behalf of the entire GGFG regimental family, please accept our sincere thanks for helping us to identify deserving young people who merit our collective support.

Mark Matheson, MSM, CD

Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel

Governor General’s Foot Guards


  1. Eligibility:

    1. 17-24 years of age as of 01 April 2023.

    2. Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident

    3. Resident within:

      1. The Regional Municipality of Ottawa - Carleton

      2. La ville de Gatineau

      3. The regions of Clarence-Rockland, Prescott & Russell, Les Collines-de-l’Outaouais and Papineau

  2. Complete and submit GGFG Youth Award Nomination Form below or at

  3. Complete and submit essay (in Word or PDF) to

  4. Submission deadline 10 March 2023.

  5. In the event several applications/nominations are close in quality, the Committee will arrange interviews (as necessary) to act as a “tie-breaker”.



  • Essays may be as long or as short as applicants/nominees feel necessary to support their candidacy.

  • Applicants/nominees shall be assessed on how well they meet the following criteria.  These are the same characteristics, traits & attributes the GGFG expects of its soldiers, however, the regiment believes they are equally applicable in civilian life:

  • Pursuit of excellence;

  • Going above and beyond;

  • Overcoming adversity

  • Drive and determination

  • Pride of service to the community and country

  • It would be helpful if candidates were to indicate how they would use their award if they were to win (ie university tuition, trades training or other productive use).


Questions related to any aspect of the Applications/Nominations process may be directed to the GGFG Youth Achievement Awards Committee at up to 72 hours before the submission deadline.

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