Tag Archives: female role models

Remembering Beyond Remembrance Day

On April 9, Canadians will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge. Guider Michelle writes how inviting a woman from the Canadian Forces helped her Guides explore their own leadership skills and the achievements of those who … Continue reading

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Now my family understands why I’m a Guider

It’s almost the May long weekend – which means you might be camping in shorts and T-shirts, wearing flannel and a toque, or a combination of both on the same day. In this blog re-post, Guider Jodi shares how her … Continue reading

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Opening the Vaults: Mountaineer, explorer and Girl Guide Phyllis Munday

Girl Guides of Canada–Guides du Canada was thrilled to hear that former member, and famous mountaineer, Phyllis Munday has been nominated as one of the iconic Canadian woman to be featured by the Bank of Canada on a new bank … Continue reading

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Because it’s 2016… Girls’ and women’s rights

I was recently a delegate with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) to the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations in NYC. I’ve been trying to sum up … Continue reading

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This is what Link looks like

What happens when Link members get together for the Young Guiders’ Retreat in  Nova Scotia? See for yourself! We didn’t all know each other when we arrived… Brownie-Ranger Guiders, DCs, former DPC, NS Arts Advisor, National Link Liaison… Lots of … 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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Opening the vaults: How Girl Guides Contributed to War Efforts

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Girl Guides of Canada–Guides du Canada (GGC) members made significant contributions to Canada’s war efforts during the twentieth century. Our national archives collection offers a glimpse into how Girl Guides demonstrated bravery, ingenuity and selflessness during our nation’s most difficult … Continue reading

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Life of a twenty-something Guider

Have you ever been at a cookie selling event and had someone come up to you and ask you where the ‘adult’  in charge is? Or have parents ask the same thing? This has happened to me more than once … Continue reading

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Inviting Rangers to the conversation

In Quebec, one of our most anticipated Guiding events is the Guider Symposium in January. Adult members from all over Quebec gather in one place for a day of training, networking, and an all around great time. In the past, … Continue reading

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The Hair Petition

The World Centres are something you talk about in Guiding from a young age. You learn where they are, what they’re called, what kind of food they eat and what games they play in the countries where they are located. … Continue reading

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One girl – and the difference Guiding made for her

When GirlGuidesCANBlog received this email from Guider Jeannette Thompson, we just had to share it with you:  My daughter is a Guide, and she has written about her experience in Guiding. This was an assignment that was given to her by … Continue reading

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Girls Count… It Makes ‘Cents’

Last spring Girl Guides of Canada together with TD Bank Group piloted a new financial literacy program, Girls Count. Stretching from coast to coast and from Sparks to Rangers, 35  units together with 53  TD employee volunteers presented the pilot … Continue reading

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Why math rocks

In elementary school I wanted to be a teacher because it seemed fun to work with kids and help them the way my teachers helped me. When I got to high school I wanted to be a doctor because I … Continue reading

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My Year as a Spark Guider

I have been a Guide Guider for 10 years now, and have also worked with Pathfinders during that time.  I love working with the Guide and Pathfinder age groups, the girls are keen and capable, they have a developing world … Continue reading

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How I spent my summer working at national office

Sarah Biggs started in Guiding as a Spark. Since then she’s transitioned through all the branches to achieve her Canada Cord, received a national scholarship, joined Link and has recently spent the summer working for Girl Guides of Canada as … Continue reading

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Now my family understands why I’m a Guider

There we were…pouring rain, middle of May chill in the air (not quite spring, not quite winter), camping 100 km from anything –  running water, power and even cell phone service. What was I going to do with 14 cold … Continue reading

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How engineering could take you to Mars

March is National Engineering Month (NEM), which shines a spotlight on the role of engineering in society and (hopefully!) inspires future engineers to pursue engineering as a career path. As a soon-to-be mechanical engineering graduate at the University of Guelph, … Continue reading

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Reflections from the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Saffina Jinnah, a Guider from Vancouver, is attending the UN Commission on the Status of Women, being held from March 10 to 21 at the UN headquarters in New York City My Brownie unit is the reason I wanted to … Continue reading

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We Can Make a Difference

A year and a half ago 1st Red Wing TREX signed up to take a humanitarian trip in 2014 through Me to We, an organization committed to social justice and empowering youth. Each month a different member of our unit … Continue reading

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Check Your Problems at the Door

It’s not easy for me to admit, but I’ve been going through some bad times lately. I am lucky to have a few good friends who I feel comfortable sharing my very personal issues with. I am also lucky to … Continue reading

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Violence against Women and the Role Guiders Play

During the 16 Days Campaign for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we decided to ask our members some tough but equally important questions about the role Guiders play (or can play) in stopping the violence. Below are some of … Continue reading

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Inspiring Teen Esteem

I have been involved in a workshop geared towards Grades 7 and 8 girls for the past three years that discusses topics directly linked to young girls’ self-esteem called Teen Esteem. The turnout is always impressive and the event can … Continue reading

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Canada’s Dirty Secret and What You Can Do about It

It’s something no one wants to think about – violence against girls and women. But it’s all more common than you might think. Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence … Continue reading

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Giving Back with Sparks and Sparkles!

This post originally appeared on the blog Everything But the Kid. Thank you Amy for allowing us to share this with our audience! —————————————————————– For years I have volunteered in some capacity or another with various groups and I love … Continue reading

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Training Benefits

There’s no better time than the present for Brownie Guiders in Ontario.  Ontario Council in partnership with the Disney Institute presents SUPER PROGRAM, a training exclusively for Brownie Guiders.  For complete details visit https://guidesontario.org/index.php/adult/unit-guider/brownies/26-adult-members/779-super-program —————————————————————- I have been a member … Continue reading

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Polar bears, beluga whales and Girl Guides

Girl Guides of Canada  sponsors a variety of domestic and international travel opportunities for girls and adults. Our travel program offers amazing experiences for members to explore their sense of adventure, develop new friendships and discover something new about themselves. Our trips … Continue reading

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In Defence of Crafts

A few weeks ago one of my fellow Guiders was telling me about her latest Guide meeting.  One comment struck a particular chord:  “Last [night] one of my Guides was stressed that she hadn’t finished her craft. When I offered … Continue reading

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Cookie Time is Bonding Time

At the little tender age of five, my daughter Amelia already loves Girl Guide cookie sales. She joined Girl Guides late in the fall when cookie sales had already started. Yet despite that challenge, she managed to sell 10 cases, … Continue reading

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Rock Stars Among Us

I was a quiet, introverted teen looking for my place to shine. Girl Guides was that place – to be recognized and to develop into my own person. My Guider made me feel like a Rock Star. Draw the Curtain: … Continue reading

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Sparks and Books with No Bounds

    I’m 14 years old (Emma) and my sister (Julia) is 15 years old and we live in Oakville, a community in southern Ontario. Our organization, Books With No Bounds, is run just by us, through the generosity of … Continue reading

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A Pathfinder Guider Job Description

Recently I was asked to come up with a Pathfinder Guider job description, specifically what kind of person it would take. I think this is a bit like asking what kind of parent makes the best parent – it’s hard … Continue reading

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Happy International Women’s Day

Ever since “I promise[d] to share and be a friend”, I wanted to help people.  And when “I promise[d] to do my best, to be true to myself, my beliefs and Canada…”, I knew I wanted to experience the United … Continue reading

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From Frustration to Compassion: A Guider’s Journey

Please don’t ask me to lead Sparks or Brownies again. Don’t get me wrong: there is nothing more adorable than a Spark selling Girl Guide cookies, or more wonderful than the unbridled inquisitiveness of a Brownie.  But give me a … Continue reading

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Women in the Media: Empowering and Enraging

I truly think women in the media can be both empowering and enraging, depending on the situation. There are some television shows/movies/ads that present women in a positive way and some not so. In some media portrayals, they make all … Continue reading

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Help to Remove the Stigma

Today, I would like to invite all members of Guiding, to talk about the realness of Mental Health. I suffer from severe depression and anxiety. I have been fortunate to have found reassurance in attending my Pathfinder meetings and comfort … Continue reading

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A World Guiders have the Opportunity to Shape

“He’s not abusive; he just hits me sometimes.” “He didn’t assault me; he just slapped me.” “He didn’t punch very hard; it’s only fractured here and here.” These lines sound like the kind of dialogue you’d expect to read in … Continue reading

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Hey ladies, is it really a cynical world?

I think Jerry Maguire said it best with the line, “We live in a cynical world. A cynical world.”  Many people happily flow through their lives looking out for number one; never taking their blinders off to look around and … Continue reading

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The Right Stuff

How hectic is your life?  If you are an urban dweller you are likely finding life busy, crowded, expensive and often tiring.  If you live in a rural area, your life is also likely busy, expensive and often tiring.  For … Continue reading

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Halloween Costume Challenge

This post originally appeared on Lisa Naylor’s own blog Gentle Angry Blogger. Thank you Lisa for sharing it with us. ———————————————————— Over time, October 31 has become a celebration of dress up and fantasy, scary and beautiful, something for children … Continue reading

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Celebrating Women’s History Month

Did you know that October is Women’s History Month in Canada? A great time to inspire Girl Guides with stories of some amazing Canadian heroines. I grew up in a small Alberta town, where I belonged to Brownies and then … Continue reading

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No One [except ourselves] Puts a Guider in the Corner

How do you find the time to stay healthy? Guest blogger Sarah shares her own challenges and hopes you follow. Don’t forget to check out a previous post she wrote for GirlGuidesCANBlog on the topic: Resolutions for a Healthy, Happy … Continue reading

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Long Time Guider, First Time Parent

Love GirlGuidesCANblog? What post would you like to share with us? We’re always happy to hear from girl and adult Members, volunteers and supporters! ————————————————————— I was a Guide leader for years before my daughter Claire came along.  I have … Continue reading

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Mother-Daughter Guiding

Today we have another great guest post about a Guiding experience. What post would you like to share with us? We’re always happy to hear from girl and adult Members, volunteers and supporters! ————————————————————— When I joined Guiding as a … Continue reading

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Guiding with Baby on Board

I was a Guider long before we decided to have children.  So when I learned I was pregnant, right before heading off to spring camp, I had no doubt that I would continue Guiding after my daughter was born.  Luckily … Continue reading

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What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do?

This was my third year as a Guider and my first year as a contact Guider with two other ladies who were parent helpers the year before. I definitely learned a lot about myself and about dealing with ladies that … Continue reading

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Junior Leaders: How to Make the Best Use of Their Generosity?

This post originally appeared on Ottawa Guider Cara’s own Brownie Meeting Ideas blog. Thank you Cara for allowing us to share this with our audience! —————————————————————————————————- We’ve just finished a good long run with a fantastic Junior Leader and we’re really … Continue reading

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What It’s Like Being the ‘Sporty Girl’?

This post is part of our Flashback Friday blog posts for the summer months! Every Friday we will re-share a post previously shared on GirlGuidesCANblog, that relates to the summer months (camping, outdoor fun, family time). Enjoy! ———————————————————————————– My friends … Continue reading

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Trial by Fire: Reflections of a First-time Guider. Part VI

Several months ago I put a post up on my personal blog about becoming a Guider.  The GirlGuidesCAN blog picked it up and after a short series of emails back and forth, I was asked to be a guest blogger, … Continue reading

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Bringing the Outdoors In: Part II

This is part two of a series… preparing for camp & learning camp skills from the comfort of the meeting place, before going out to test our abilities at camp.  In this installment, we learn about the ‘planning skills’ needed … Continue reading

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Bringing the Outdoors In. Part I

This is part one of a series we will be running over the next 4 weeks… preparing for camp and learning camp skills from the comfort of your Unit meeting, before going out to test our abilities at camp.  In … Continue reading

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