Category Archives: Girls’ Guides

In Guiding, I’m not alone

When I was growing up we didn’t talk about mental health and mental illness. It wasn’t something we talked about at home. It wasn’t something we learned about at school. And it certainly wasn’t something we discussed at Girl Guides. … Continue reading

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When the pieces click together

At university, they say the first semester is the hardest. To say I was nervous was a bit of an understatement: on top of delving into my specialization degree in Immunology and Infection at the distinguished (and somewhat menacing) University … Continue reading

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Pamela Rice: Why Feminism Is Not a Dirty Word

Nesta Ashworth is the kind of hero that girls today would have no problem relating to. In the early 1900s, she saved her pocket money to buy an axe and build a fort in the woods with her friends. When … Continue reading

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The courage to start

Every day across Canada, girls in Guiding are accomplishing great and amazing things: overcoming obstacles, realizing their goals, and contributing in positive ways to their communities. I know this personally because I have seen it first-hand over the 13 years … Continue reading

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We are #STEMinists

As the world celebrates the best in cinematic achievement this weekend, all eyes will be on Hidden Figures, the Oscar-nominated film about female African-American mathematicians who played a vital role at NASA in the 1960s. This film has inspired many … Continue reading

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Sparks sparkle – and so do new Guiders!

A few months ago, an email arrived announcing that the national office would be hosting our own Girl Guide units. It read: “Are you looking for a little more glitter in your life? Looking to connect with nature and possibly … Continue reading

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It’s more than OK to be myself

I like being a Pathfinder. I’ve made so many new friends and they’re really inclusive and accepting. They make sure I always know that it’s ok to be myself. Through Pathfinders, I also get to do a lot of things … Continue reading

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Shining a Light on Mental Health on Parliament Hill

Girl Guides in Ottawa came to Parliament Hill to celebrate the launch of Mighty Minds, our new mental health program. Girls had the chance to try some of the activities from the program, while meeting Members of Parliament, Senators and … Continue reading

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What girls have to say about mental health

“I think mental health is  more normal than people think. If more people talked about it, it would become normal.” – 10-year old Guide  Girls have a lot to say about mental health, and we’re giving them the space to … Continue reading

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Ending violence: The power of girls

  Geneviève Bergeron, 21 Nathalie Croteau, 23 Anne-Marie Edward, 21 Maryse Laganière, 25 Anne-Marie Lemay, 22 Michèle Richard, 21 Annie Turcotte, 20 Hélène Colgan, 23 Barbara Daigneault, 22 Maud Haviernick, 29 Maryse Leclair, 23 Sonia Pelletier, 28 Annie St-Arneault, 23 … Continue reading

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Say No to Violence – end of discussion

16 Days of Action to Eliminate Violence Against Women started on Friday, Nov. 25. We’re highlighting girls’ voices on social media throughout the 16 Days. Check out what Rishi has to say:    Living in Canada, we often believe ourselves to be … Continue reading

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Work hard. Be kind. That is all.

“You’re not good enough.” “You don’t try hard enough.” “You don’t fit in.” These are messages that girls hear not only from society, but often from each other and themselves as well. I volunteer with a Guide and Pathfinder unit … Continue reading

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100 Years Strong – GGC Receives Heritage Plaque

Today, Girl Guides of Canada–Guides du Canada (GGC) received an incredible historic honour – we were presented with a Heritage Plaque from the Government of Canada recognizing our impact on girls and women over the past century. To celebrate this … Continue reading

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The chance to make a change: Are you ready!?

In reading this blog post, be prepared to be very excited! Girl Guides of Canada is currently recruiting for our first ever National Youth Council! Let me repeat that: First. Ever. National. Youth. Council. Applications are now open for girls in … Continue reading

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STEM and the gender gap: Let’s balance the equation

STEM – science, technology engineering and math. When we think of these things, we still typically picture men doing these jobs. While many women do in fact have careers in these fields, it still for some reason seems like a … Continue reading

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My Guiding Journey

When I think of my journey through Guiding, I can’t help but reflect upon the inspirational leaders who have played such a major role in my life. These amazing women are always there for me in both the highs and … Continue reading

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Meet Charlie

Want to meet someone inspiring? We’d like to introduce you to Charlie Lowthian-Rickert. As a first-year Girl Guide, she’s had the chance to explore and speak out about the issues she cares about while making a difference in her community. … Continue reading

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Until September…

The Guiding year is coming to an end – insert sad face emoji here. For girls and Guiders alike, it’s a time to celebrate – the good times, the fun times, and all of their achievements together as a unit. … Continue reading

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2,000 pictures

I have a thing about taking pictures. A lot of pictures. It started the first year I joined our unit, the 12th Ottawa Guiding group. First, I used photos to make personalized enrollment certificates. And then, collages of the photos … Continue reading

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Behind the scenes: Girl Greatness Awards

Three  cheers for our new 2016 Girl Greatness Award recipients! These members reflect what girls in Guiding can achieve, no matter what their goals or what challenges they face. Find out what it’s like to be a part of this … Continue reading

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In Guiding, I know my daughter is accepted

Most of the time, being a mother to Ella, who is six and has down syndrome, is just like being a mother to my son or younger daughter. That being said, every child is different. Every child progresses at their … Continue reading

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What has Guiding taught me? Where do I begin!?

A few weeks ago, I was at a community breakfast for volunteers when a woman across the table spoke of how her organization had recently partnered with a local youth organization. I immediately mentioned my involvement in Girl Guiding and … Continue reading

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Guiding isn’t just for girls

Around this time last year, I decided to apply for a Girl Guides of Canada scholarship. (This year’s application deadline is April 1.) I did not know if I had any chance but I decided that it was worth a … Continue reading

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Women are scientists, too

Girl Guides of Canada–Guides du Canada is bursting with pride to mark International Women’s Day today. It’s a powerful opportunity to to celebrate the trailblazing difference girls and women around the world are making. Most of my friends will tell … Continue reading

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What girls are saying about Girl Greatness

When I was part of the Girl Greatness Awards selection committee in 2015, I was blown away by all the positive words girls have about each other and about themselves. In our Guide unit, we decided to talk about girl … Continue reading

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Big ‘mistakes’ make good memories

Ever notice that when people start telling stories about their Guiding memories that there are a lot of tales of that time when something went wrong? Mine’s the time when I was at Guide camp and it rained so hard … Continue reading

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Saturday morning Guiding

As busy Guiders, we all spend occasional weekends doing Guiding activities, sleepovers, camps, cookie sales and outings. But what about having your weekly unit meeting on a Saturday? Could this be a way to engage girls and families who aren’t … Continue reading

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Our bilingual unit adventure

When I moved two years ago from Mississauga to Barrie, Ontario to do a year of post-graduate studies at Georgian College, I wanted to continue my volunteer work in Guiding so I joined a French language unit near campus. This … Continue reading

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What Girl Greatness means to me

Nominations for our Girl Greatness Awards are now open! Find out what Girl Greatness means to member Maryna, and why she nominated one of her Sparks.   Before the Girl Greatness Awards, the term ‘Girl Greatness’ wasn’t really something I … Continue reading

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The Perks of Being a Sparks Guider

There are times that being a grown up can be kind of hard. In my case, I’ve been hobbling around my normal life with increased difficulty due to the big awkward cast on my left leg. It has compounded my … Continue reading

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Small actions for inclusion

One of the things I really try to do as a Guider is foster a sense of safety and inclusion for all the members of our multi-branch unit. I think it’s a constant process and to be truly successful, needs … Continue reading

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Managing Friend Drama

Some years are better than others, but for every year I’ve been involved with our Brownies, it happens. There are inseparable friends who stubbornly cling to one another, in spite of our efforts to mix up groups and facilitate new … Continue reading

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Finding my courage

As Girl Guides of Canada–Guides du Canada marks 16 Days of Action to Eliminate Violence Against Women, we’re giving voice to our members’ perspective on gender-based violence. Today, we’re sharing Morgan’s personal story of how she found the confidence and courage … Continue reading

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My BFF is a Girl Guide too

Have you seen the new Girl Guides of Canada–Guides du Canada ad floating around social media or public transit? The one about finding your BFF in Girl Guides? Seeing that ad activates a wave of memories for me. I may … Continue reading

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Transitioning into a new Guiding role

As someone who has always aspired to be a lifelong member of Girl Guides of Canada, I struggled to find a place for myself as a transitioning member (TMBR). During Rangers, I completed the program and earned my Chief Commissioner’s … Continue reading

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A girl, her Guiders and a special awards ceremony

Earlier this year, Girl Guides of Canada–Guides du Canada received a great email from one of our previous Girl Greatness Awards recipients, Cheyenne: Hi there! My name is Cheyenne. I received a Girl Greatness Award in 2014 and I must … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Alice the Camel

‘Alice the camel has…two humps’ is a common refrain at any Girl Guide camp fire or sing song. But what happens when Alice has no humps? Guider Nicki from Girlguiding UK delves into this mystery for us…. Camels are part of … Continue reading

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This is why I volunteer with Girl Guides: How one girl changed my unit

This story all began when Girl Guides of Canada reached out to me to say that a parent had called looking for a unit for her Guide-aged daughter. Her daughter has Asperger’s and some other disabilities and wanted to make … Continue reading

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In her own words…. Brownies recruiting Brownies

Meet Devon – a Girl Greatness Award recipient who took it upon herself to recruit more Brownies for her unit! During my first year of Brownies, we only had three girls, but it was still fun! After the advancement, my … Continue reading

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Being Gay in Guiding: How Guiding Supported Me When I Came Out, and How I Helped Make My Unit a Safer Place

In the beginning of my second year as a Pathfinder, I figured out that I was gay. Being in the closet was really hard for me. I felt like I was hiding such a big part of myself from everyone … Continue reading

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How am I resourceful?

At this spring’s National Conference: Guiding Girl Greatness, four girl members spoke to delegates about their own personal experiences with our Mission keys –  confidence, courage, resourcefulness and making a difference – and how they have incorporated them into their … Continue reading

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Finding your courage

At this spring’s National Conference: Guiding Girl Greatness, four girl members spoke to delegates about their own personal experiences with our Mission keys –  confidence, courage, resourcefulness and making a difference – and how they have incorporated them into their … Continue reading

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A Billion Brownies

After another crazy-busy year as a Brownie Guider in our multi-branch unit (72 girls!), by the time our last meeting rolled around, I was pretty much done. As in, I’m ready for summer, shut the door on the craft closet … Continue reading

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17 things that I would tell my future 17-year-old daughter

At this spring’s National Conference: Guiding Girl Greatness, four girl members spoke to delegates about their own personal experiences with our Mission keys –  confidence, courage, resourcefulness and making a difference – and how they have incorporated them into their … Continue reading

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Welcome to my world: How I made my unit more accessible

To me, Girl Guides is having a safe, fun place where everyone is included and everyone fits in no matter how different they might be or the limitations they might face. When I was 9 I was diagnosed with a … Continue reading

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Small things really do make a difference

At this spring’s National Conference – Guiding Girl Greatness, four girl members spoke to delegates about their own personal experiences with our Mission keys –  confidence, courage, resourcefulness and making a difference – and how they have incorporated them into … Continue reading

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Every girl should be able to…

Earlier this spring, our Guide unit found ourselves with extra time at the end of our meeting, so girls were allowed to do extra badge presentations for the group. Enter S.T., a girl who has been in Guiding from the … Continue reading

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Rangers, loud and clear

Earlier this month, I had one of the most amazing opportunities that Girl Guides has ever offered me. I was selected as one of 56 girl delegates from across Canada to attend the 2015 National Conference: Guiding Girl Greatness. It … Continue reading

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