Merrittonian Gabrielle Zabek received her silver level Duke of Edinburgh award on Saturday at a reception in Vancouver from Lt.-Gov. Judy Guichon.

The award recognizes young Canadians who have achieved  long-term personal goals in various areas: community service, fitness, adventure, skills and taking on projects while in residence.

The award is split into three categories depending on the participant’s age when they set their goals and begin working on them: bronze for people aged 14, silver for those aged 15, and gold for participants aged 16 when they begin.

To achieve the award, a person must reach their goals by age 25.

About 35 awards were given out to young adults from across B.C. and the Yukon at the event.