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Why we’re betting on girls as cybersecurity defenders – and you should too

By Jill Zelmanovits, CEO and Chief Listening Officer, Girl Guides of Canada Hackers, encryption and cyber threats were once ideas relegated to dark basements and IT talk. Today, cybersecurity impacts every industry, every level of government and everyone with personal … Continue reading

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How teenage girls in Pathfinders are the BEST teachers

Teenage girls in Pathfinders are all kinds of amazing – spreading positivity and passion in little and big ways every day. As Pathfinders celebrates its 40th anniversary, Girl Guide volunteer Saffina shares six lessons the girls in her Pathfinder unit … Continue reading

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What these first-time voters want you to know about the election

On October 21, people across Canada will head to the polls to cast their vote in the federal election. The youth vote can make a big difference: in this election, millennials are the biggest bloc of eligible voters at 37%. … Continue reading

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The power of mentoring girls IRL (in real life)

By Jill Zelmanovits, CEO and Chief Listening Officer, Girl Guides of Canada Remember that priceless piece of career advice a friend or mentor gave you? Chances are, they leaned in with that bit of wisdom in person and not in … Continue reading

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Top 5 reasons a Girl Guide trip is the ULTIMATE

Kenya. Paris. The Amazon. The Yukon. These are just some of the destinations you can explore when you go on a Girl Guides Nationally-Sponsored Trip. Wondering why you should apply? The reasons are endless – but we’re breaking it down … Continue reading

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How my Girl Guide trip to Ecuador changed me

Wondering what it’s like to go on a Girl Guide trip? It’s E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. Gabriella shares her recent experience in the Andes. Just in time for our Nationally-Sponsored Trip applications – closing October 9, 2019. I got back from my Girl … Continue reading

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Putting girls on the fast track with Guiding

Girl Guides is all about getting girls revved up for the limitless possibilities ahead of them. Find out how Emma and Mary hopped into the driver’s seat to test drive career options at the Toronto Honda Indy. This past weekend … Continue reading

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At Girl Guides, we’ve got pride in being inclusive

At Girl Guides, we love a good parade. Even better – when the parade is all about positivity and inclusivity. From the Yukon to Saskatchewan and beyond, Girl Guides are participating in Pride month celebrations big and small across the country. … Continue reading

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I am an Indigenous girl in Guiding

For Indigenous girls in Canada, it can be hard to make their voices heard. At Girl Guides, we believe that every girl should be valued for exactly who she is. From Nunavut to Alberta and Nova Scotia and beyond, 13 … Continue reading

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Digging in and planting real leadership skills

Leadership skills aren’t something that sprout up overnight. They take a lot of nurturing. That’s where Girl Guides comes in. As our final girl-driven story contest winner, Guider Kelly shares how a community planting project was the perfect talent and … Continue reading

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How to help teen girls navigate the ups and downs of their first job

By Jill Zelmanovits, CEO and Keynote Listener, Girl Guides of Canada Whether they’re life guarding, scooping ice cream or babysitting, a job can seem like a pretty great way for a teenage girl to spend her summer. Meeting friends, building … Continue reading

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Here’s to the girls taking positive action in their world

Our Vision at GGC is a better world, by girls. And it makes sense since the core of the Guiding movement has always been active citizenship. As girls learn who they are and what they can do, their motivation to … Continue reading

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This way to adventure and leadership

Girl Guides is the ultimate leadership incubator for girls. In every activity, event and outdoor adventure a girl experiences through Guiding, she can develop her own personal leadership style. It’s not about being the boss – it’s about empowering girls … Continue reading

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10 reasons being a volunteer Guider is the BEST

Imagine a place where you can spark extraordinary moments for girls in your community – and for yourself, too. That’s what being a Guider is all about. On National Volunteer Week, here are 10 reasons why our adult members say … Continue reading

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Girl Guides: The ultimate leadership incubator for girls

Girl Guides is all about building leadership skills and amplifying girls’ voices. All of our programs are designed to put every girl in the driver’s seat allowing her to choose what she gets out of Guiding. In April, we are … Continue reading

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The power of carrying a canoe solo

Grit. Determination. Self-reliance. Those are just some of the skills girls unleash when they hoist a canoe and do their first solo carry. Along the way, they demonstrate to themselves and each other the limitless possibilities of what girls can … Continue reading

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From gym class and beyond: how girls are building solutions to gender inequality

We know that gender inequality is something girls experience early and often. That’s why it’s so important for teenagers to have space to speak out about these issues. As a facilitator for a Youth for Gender Equality Dialogue, I got … Continue reading

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Fortnite – Girl Guide style

Mental health awareness: it’s a huge focus in our Girl Guide unit. We have several girls with severe anxiety issues and many girls with exceptionalities and sensitivities that we always take into consideration in all we do and in how … Continue reading

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How Guiding helps girls tip the balance of equality

by Jill ZelmanovitsGirl Guides of Canada – CEO – Keynote Listener When it comes to creating a more equitable world for girls and women, lately it feels like we’re always taking one step forward, and two giant steps back. As … Continue reading

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How girls in Guiding are busting stereotypes about girls

Our Guiders help girls challenge stereotypes about what girls can and can’t do Continue reading

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How a simple sleepover can be a chance for girls to step up and lead together

In a judgement-free zone like Girl Guides, it’s a whole lot easier for girls to step up, speak up and take the lead. It’s the perfect place for girls to lead the agenda for what they want to do – … Continue reading

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Meet the Girl Guides who celebrate Black history all year long

February is Black History Month, a month dedicated to honouring the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present. We got in touch with Gabrielle Grant, a Guider with a unit in a predominantly Black community in Nova Scotia,  to ask … Continue reading

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Everything I learned about leadership from Girl Guides

As a teen I remember hearing that leadership was a skill to be developed for adulthood – that youth are in training to be leaders tomorrow. My years of experience with Girl Guides of Canada has proven this wrong: leadership … Continue reading

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How Guiding can be an incubator for girls exploring STEM

Scientific innovation – it’s  what propels the world forward and leads to the discoveries that make our lives healthier and better. On International Day of Women and Girls in Science (February 11), ideas for how to balance the gender equation … Continue reading

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Giving girls a space to try, fail, try again – and succeed

There’s a lot of judgment in today’s world but Guiding is a different kind of place for girls. In an accepting and judgement-free zone like Girl Guides, girls can seek challenges, try new things even if they might fail, learn … Continue reading

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How one girl found her voice through Guiding

Girls need a safe space where they feel supported, respected and valued for exactly who they are. A safe space where they can use their voice. Fortunately, Guiding offers just such a space. And our volunteer Guiders play a huge role in … Continue reading

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Confidence + independence: How Guiding sparked success for these Sparks alumni

“Sparks made me feel confident and independent. I loved that it gave me a chance to be the silliest, truest version of myself with a group of other girls.” Yes! For 30 totally amazing years, our Sparks program has sparked … Continue reading

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Six Important Things I Learned from Six-Year Olds

There are so many reasons to volunteer with Girl Guides of Canada. As Sparks marks its 30th anniversary, I thought I’d share a list of what I’ve learned from a group of five- and six-year olds: Lesson 1: Little Girls … Continue reading

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Here’s what happens when girls feel safe to spread their wings

Girls are under a lot of social pressure these days. They’re asked to be everything at once: smart, pretty, nice, athletic, ambitious and successful. And when they don’t meet the world’s expectations (because they’re impossible!), the judgments are often swift … Continue reading

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How these women in policing busted stereotypes for girls

When one of our Sparks dressed as a police officer for our Halloween party, another girl told her ‘That’s a boy’s job.’ Our response? We invited six local women police officers to our meeting the following week to show what … Continue reading

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I volunteer to give girls their light bulb moment

My favourite part of volunteering with Guiding is that light bulb moment – when you see a girl’s face light up with understanding, pride, or a feeling of accomplishment. One such moment happened early this Guiding year with a Brownie … Continue reading

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These Girl Guides show you’re never too young to stand up for human rights

No matter who you are or where you live, we’re all entitled to human rights. That’s what Girl Guides in Winnipeg would tell you on Human Rights Day (December 10) and every day. With a trip to the Canadian Museum … Continue reading

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Space scientist? It’s now on these girls’ dream job list

What happens when girls meet women with awe-inspiring career trajectories? Well, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see how inspiring women role models can help girls reach for the stars. That’s what happened when Girl Guides in Paradise, NL, … Continue reading

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Canada’s new $10 bill – this is for all the girls breaking barriers

Daring. Courageous. Risk-taker. These are all words that describe Viola Desmond, who’s featured on a the new Canadian $10 bank note. In 1946, the Nova Scotia business woman refused to leave a whites-only area of a movie theater. When it would’ve … Continue reading

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The torch of remembrance and the desire for peace burns bright for girls in Canada

Remembrance of wars past. Fear of conflict today. These simple but powerful concepts are on the minds of girls across Canada as we mark Remembrance Day 2018. Somehow, we often forget that war and violent conflict – whether 100 years … Continue reading

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Our new Girls First Guiding program calls for a BIG celebration

The launch of Guiding’s brand new Girls First program is a pretty big deal. Innovative science and tech activities. Outdoor adventures. The chance for girls to talk about what really matters to them. And. So. Much. More. The new Girl … Continue reading

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How girls in Guiding are going full STEAM ahead as they experiment, design and create

Guiding has always been a place where girls can experiment, design, create and imagine as they explore the infinite possibilities of science and technology. (After all, Aeronautics was one of the first badges ever in Canadian Guiding.) Now, Guiding’s new … Continue reading

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Meet the Girl Guide who’s unstoppable when it comes to inclusion of all girls

Alexis Holmgren is a Girl Guide who’s a total goal-getter when it comes to advocating for what she believes in. And what she believes in is making sure all girls and women feel welcome in Guiding. As someone who lives … Continue reading

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Why Girl Guide cookies are the ULTIMATE Canadian treat

We’re interrupting your day to bring you this important announcement: Girl Guide cookies are here. And they are the ULTIMATE in everything. Girl Guides sell some 6 million boxes of cookies every year. That’s a lot of tasty goodness. And … Continue reading

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How gender inequality impacts girls – as early as age 10

Every girl should have an equal start.  The chance at a fair race in whatever path she chooses. The opportunity to thrive. This is what we’re all about at Girl Guides – but it’s also what today, International Day of … Continue reading

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Girl Guides is starting, Girl Guides is starting! Why girls are THIS excited

Another year of Girl Guides is starting up in units all across Canada. And yes, girls and volunteer Guiders are just a little bit excited. And why wouldn’t they be? Guiding really is an all-access pass for girls to explore, … Continue reading

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Reality check: What girls are saying about gender inequality

“I think it was early elementary [school] when I was told that I could not be as good at math as the boys.” – Emily, Girl Guide National Youth Council member Whether they’re in elementary school or high school, gender … Continue reading

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Girl Guides taught me how to be a girl in charge of my own life

I never used to be the person to speak up in class. To randomly talk to someone I didn’t know very well in the school hallway. I feel I’ve come a long way in the past few years – thanks … Continue reading

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5 reasons why a Girl Guide trip should be on your bucket list

Empowering. Challenging. Inspiring. And just plain awesome. Travelling with Girl Guides has it all. Whether it’s exploring the hidden corners of London where Guiding began, seeing the out-of-this-world vistas of Newfoundland and Labrador, or high-fiving your fellow Girl Guides as … Continue reading

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Why soaking up summer in the great outdoors is the BEST

Making memories, making friends, making s’mores. It’s all possible through the kinds of outdoor experiences Guiding offers girls. Whether exploring the hidden beauty of an urban park or experiencing their first overnight canoe trip, girls in Guiding are kind of … Continue reading

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Sparks sparkle – and so do new Guiders!

It’s been almost two years since I shared my story of being a new Girl Guide volunteer,  and while I’ve finally gotten the glitter out of my hair, the sparkle of Guiding still remains. Everyday spent with Sparks is a … Continue reading

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How I jumped into a waterfall with Girl Guides – and you can, too!

Jumping into a waterfall –  sounds both exciting and scary all at the same time, right? But not when you’ve got your Guiding sisters to cheer you on. As Mackenzie writes, you never know what kind of adventure and amazing friends … Continue reading

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Why an urban field trip should be on your summer bucket list

There is something truly awesome about the way Guiding can open doors to new adventures while supporting girls and Guiders in a safe space.  It really shouldn’t have, but it kind of surprised me recently – when our little unit … Continue reading

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