National Team Report – July 2017
Girl Guides Australia recently won the national “What’s on 4 Kids Awards” for Best School Aged Activity Award. The Awards night was in Brisbane and GGQ CEO Paul Nicholls and State Commissioner Velia Nicholls attended on behalf of GGA. We are so delighted that the hard work across Australia is recognised in delivering high quality experience for girls and young women. Feedback from the awards judging panel suggests that what really impressed the panel was that Girl Guides acknowledged our need to change and remain relevant to girls and had put in place strategies to address this. Other nominees for this award included the AFL, netball and Scouts, so we are very proud of this achievement.
On a similar topic – speaking out about the relevance of Girl Guides – we hope you enjoyed Helen’s LinkedIn article “Why are Girl Guide Biscuits still a thing in 2017?” (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-girl-guide-biscuits-still-thing-2017-helen-geard) We would encourage you to have a read and share the article if you haven’t already – and we’re sure that people can add more reasons from their own experience about what Girl Guide Biscuits can do!
The World Conference delegation was announced in our last report – and there are a couple of exciting updates to share. First, Bronwyn Hughes a NSW/ACT Girl Guides member will be attending the World Conference as part of the WAGGGS International Service Team, a delegation of 10 young women supporting the running and coordination of the conference. Bronwyn has previously been Program Coordinator at Sangam, lead for the Kusafiri Community Action Experience in Kenya and represented WAGGGS at numerous UN COP Climate Change Conferences. We are also pleased that Karen Bevan (GGA CEO) will also be attending the World Conference as a guest attendee, which will provide an invaluable opportunity to network with the CEOs, including those from the UK, Canada and New Zealand.
As the weather in Australia gets colder and colder, don’t forget to check out the travel opportunities that exist for both youth and adult Guiding members. We wish those groups travelling to the northern hemisphere summer (including to Norway and Iceland) all the very best for their adventures!
The GGA AGM was held in Sydney at the end of June. We wish to thank Appointed Director, Chio Verastegui (Bain & Company principal, and a former Girl Scout) for her contribution to GGA through her 2 year position on the GGA Board.
Congratulations to our members who were recently recognised for their outstanding contribution to Guiding and their communities in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. AM – Lynne Price QLD, OAM – Anne Brackley VIC, Claire Donovan SA, Carole Jobling NSW, Patricia Hughes NSW and Margaret McLean VIC.
Helen Geard, Acting Chief Commissioner Miranda Cummings, Assistant Chief Commissioner
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