28 september 2012

Girl Guides of Canada, new leader, new uniform, new directions


(Girl Guides of Canada)
girls showing off the new uniform.. a blue T-shirt with different coloured trim to indicate various age groups.

The Girls Guides of Canada has a new leader, and is also showing off a brand new uniform for girls aged five to 18.

Sharron Callahan of Newfoundlane and Labrador is the new and recently installed Chief Commissioner of the Girl Guides of Canada
She has been involved with Canadian Guiding from her own childhood first as a brownie, then later in life in a variety of leadership roles.

To talk about the new uniforms and modern additions to the focus of guiding, RCI's Marc Montgomery spoke to Chief Commissioner Callahan earlier this week
After its membership declined through the 80's, 90's and early 2000's, the Canadian guiding movement, is making a slow but steady comeback. Membership is now around 90,000 across Canada.

Sharron Callahan- Chief Commissioner GGC- photo Girl Guides of Canada)

Part of the reason is a realization of what the movement can offer young girls. There has been a modification to some of the activities to reflect modern life and interests of young girls, including more involvement with environmental issues.

The new blue T-shirt for girls aged 5- 18 with different trim colours to denote groups eg pink for "sparks"-left, brown for "brownies" etc.  (Girl Guides of Canada)

Girl wearing the new T-shirt and dark blue trim to denote they are "guides" (Girl Guides of Canada)

One such initiative is the National Service Project: Operation Earth Action, which gives girls a chance to make real change in their world, with direct involvemnet in a number of environmental issues and projects
While still enjoying traditional outdoor activities like camping, the added activites give girls new knowledge and skills, leadership ability,  along with a sense of empowerment and self worth

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