National Volunteers

Helen Reid - Chief Commissioner

Helen was a Girl Guide for 7 years as a child then returned as a Unit Leader when she was 21; a role she has held for over 35 years.

Girl Guiding has provided many opportunities including travel to international events in Kenya, the UK and Switzerland. Holding positions such as National Program Manager, GGV Executive member and GGA Board Director Helen brings a wealth of knowledge about the Australian Guide Program and Governance to the role. She is committed to facilitating opportunities for girls and young women to explore and grow within Girl Guiding so that they can have a voice in their own future.

Helen is a retired librarian having managed both TAFE and University libraries with a Masters in Human Resource Management and a PhD in Librarianship. She is currently living on a farm in the Victorian Otways growing trees for shelter, conservation and profit.

Wendy Kirk - National Coordinator Youth

Wendy has always been passionate about the growth and development of girls and young women. Starting out as a Brownie, Girl Guide and then Leader in NZ she has held various management and volunteer roles over the last 25 years within Girl Guiding in Queensland and South Australia. Whether it’s taking Girl Guides overseas for their first exciting international adventure, managing youth events, enjoying the outdoors, running various Units, exploring the Recognition System, or participating at a State or national level, she embraces the philosophy of our program and all that it has to offer.

Wendy greatly believes in the importance of our girl-only space and looks forward to supporting Guiding across Australia.

When not busy with Guides, Wendy loves going on adventures, traveling, and getting creative with the camera!

 

Emily Logan - National Coordinator Olave

Emily is passionate about empowering girls and young women to be the leaders of their worlds. Her journey began as a Junior Guide, and since then, she has embraced the opportunities to attend Jamborees and take on leadership roles through her youth, into adulthood.

Emily is a member of the Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT Girls Advisory Panel, is a Leader with a Junior Guide Unit and an active member of an Olave Peer Group.  Committed to Girl Guiding’s mission, she actively seeks opportunities to take Girl Guiding into the great outdoors, and to provide service to the community.

Joy Ord - National Coordinator International

Joy absolutely loves the fact that being a Girl Guide opens so many exciting doors for so many. Greatly influenced by her mentor Nancy Eastick,  her Girl Guiding journey has been all about the outdoors, particularly camping and international travel. Joy fondly recollects Nancy’s enthralling stories of Malaysia, Poland, GIS and Papua New Guinea. A volunteer role with Girl Guides of Cambodia was a life changing time for Joy, reshaping the way she looks at the world and she returns to Cambodia annually.

Currently, she is leading an energetic 14+ Girl Guide Unit on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

Sarah Neill - National Coordinator Adults

Sarah has been involved in Guiding for many years across a range of roles, the most recent of those as State Commissioner of Girl Guides NSWACT & NT. She has served as a Girl Guides Australia Board Director, been a member of State Girl Guiding Committees and held the roles of Region Manager, District Manager, Learning Partner and Support Group Member.

In addition to Girl Guiding, Sarah has spent over 20 years leading volunteers in a range of organisations and community groups, as well as running her own business and maintaining a career in accountancy.

Sarah is absolutely dedicated to the mission of Girl Guiding and wherever possible personally strives to develop, support and mentor young women in achieving their absolute best.

 

Sharyn Smith-Anderson - Australian Trefoil Guild Adviser
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