Tag Archives: inclusivity

Smart. Funny. Confident. Why this Girl Guide should be your new role model

“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 … 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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Feeling Safe

I’ve been thinking a lot more about safety and inclusivity lately. Just the other day, at work, in a room full of peers, superiors, and contractors, I was forced to justify some very personal choices and reveal a part of … Continue reading

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Welcome to Canada – we hope you like it here!

At the recent Burnaby Mountain District camp, girls had a great time all weekend with the theme “Camp Flower Power.” Activities were designed, where possible, to fit around the concepts of peace and love. This didn’t only involve tie dye … Continue reading

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All-access pass to Guiding

It’s time to kick-start another awesome Guiding year – and to introduce or re-introduce girls to what Guiding is all about and the kinds of activities your unit will participate in. There are lots of simple tricks you can employ … Continue reading

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Marching with pride

Being a member of Girl Guides of Canada–Guides du Canada has always been an influential and positive experience for me. But I never realized just how proud I was to be a member of such an incredible organization until I … 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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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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A Silent Meeting

We loved this post by guest blogger and Guider Melissa and wanted to share it again as a great anytime, anywhere activity to try with girls. —————————————————————— One meeting a year in our Brownie Unit, there is no singing. There … 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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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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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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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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It’s never too late

It’s never too late.  No matter what you want to do, aspire to be, or where you want to go.  It’s never too late to try something new. When my daughter was 10 and in her second year of Guides, … 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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Kenza’s Goal: to go to Our Chalet

This post originally appeared on Guides Quebéc’s blog in French. We have translated it and included the French original copy below. ————————————————————- Once upon a time… This is the story of Huguette Deschenes and her daughter Kenza Deschenes-Kherchi.  Kenza is … 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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The Power of an Expert

We all wish that we were good enough at everything to teach the Girl Guide program in fun and creative ways for every activity, badge, and skill. But I know that while I am pretty good at most things and … Continue reading

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Permanently, a Girl Guide

I was a young Guider when, as many young adults of my generation have made the choice to do, I let someone have “craft time” on my body, drawing and colouring in a tattoo (or two). And to be honest, … Continue reading

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Guiding Girls to See What Others Cannot

To celebrate the birth of Louis Braille, who developed the Braille system of printing and reading when he was 15 years old, January is Braille Awareness month.  We thought this might be a nice opportunity to introduce the girls to … Continue reading

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Seasonal Party Idea

With the holidays fast approaching, many of us are turning our attention to celebrating the end of the fall term with our Units.  Sometimes, this takes the form of a Christmas celebration – but how do we include those girls … Continue reading

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Growing Guiding at Vancouver Pride

This is a wonderful guest (re)post written by Guider Tara, originally posted to her blog The Daisy Field. Tara shares her thoughts about the importance of growing Guiding and sharing the inclusive ideals of Guiding in places both near and … Continue reading

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Special Post for GGC Fathers on Father’s Day

It’s Father’s Day and we’ve heard lots of great stories about some supportive ‘GGC Dads’. Check out these brief stories showing the various roles fathers can play in a girl or adult Member’s life! Did your dad or partner help … Continue reading

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This is what a female mentor looks like

We’ll admit it – Guiding wouldn’t exist without the amazing Guiders who put so much time and energy into creating great experiences for girls. Take 23-year-old Jessica Reid – she’s not only a full-time student at McGill University, but also a … Continue reading

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