“Kinley is smart, funny, and kind. She also happens to have Down’s syndrome.” That’s how we were first introduced to 11-year-old Kinley in her 2017 Girl Greatness Award nomination. Kinley received an award in the Confidence category after being nominated by her friend and fellow Girl Guide, Julia. In Guiding, Kinley has truly found a place to shine.
Here’s what else Julia had to say about Kinley in her nomination:
“When we first started Brownies, Kinley was a little bit shy. She wasn’t too sure about sleepovers and camping trips but did a few with her mom. Now in Guides, she talks to all the other Guides and participates in all the activities. During Guide meetings, Kinley likes helping the Guiders and younger Guides. She is excited to go camping independently. Kinley loves being a Guide and is always very excited to attend. She has gained so much confidence in all areas of her life. She is involved in many activities such as skiing, swimming, wall climbing, yoga, skating, hip hop, tubing, fishing, basketball, choir and knitting. Kinley is an awesome, confident Guide!”
For Kinley’s mom, Janna, being part of Guiding has made a huge impact on her daughter:
“Having others notice and celebrate Kinley’s personal growth and achievements while attending Girl Guides is quite an honour. Attending Guides has given Kinley a huge sense of belonging as she has been very proud to be part of this amazing group of girls and leaders. Her level of responsibility and independence has grown over the years thanks to watching and learning from other Girl Guides. The many opportunities to participate in activities within the community have pushed Kinley’s independence. The volunteers and fellow Girl Guides of the 82nd group have given her exceptional support so she can be successful and have many positive experiences within a very inclusive environment.”
And what does Kinley think of receiving this award?
“I liked getting the award. It made me feel happy, proud, amazing and cool. I like being with the group of girls and doing fun stuff each week. My favorite is going camping and selling Girl Guide cookies. My friend Julia is so sweet, thoughtful, kind and helpful. Thank you for nominating me Julia!”