Executive Council
April 25, 2007

Minister Congratulates Winners of Girl Guide Awards

The Chief Commissioner�s Girl Guide Gold Awards were presented today at a ceremony hosted by the Honourable Joan Burke, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women and Minister of Education. Minister Burke offered her congratulations to the recipients for receiving the highest honour that can be received by a member of the Guiding movement.

"I have been a proud member of the Guiding community for many years and I recognize the opportunities this organization provides to girls across Newfoundland and Labrador," said Minister Burke. "Guiding encourages girls to be independent, confident leaders, who through their activities and accomplishments, become role models for youth in our communities."

The Chief Commissioner's Gold Awards are presented to guides who demonstrate volunteer effort in the various branches of the guide organization, work at summer camps and complete the senior branches of guiding, which are cadets, junior leaders or rangers. Upon receiving this award, recipients can become adult leaders.

The event was held in the east lobby of the Confederation Building. The ceremony was attended by award recipients and their families, members of the provincial Girl Guide movement and the Chief Commissioner of Girl Guides of Canada.

"Congratuations to the 17 young women who have been honoured today. I am pleased to have had the opportunity to personally present this year�s awards," said Myrtle Corkum, Chief Commissioner of Girl Guides of Canada. "On the road to the Chief Commissioner�s Gold Award, these young women have faced many challenges, developed their self esteem, and have learned what it is to provide service and give back to their communities."

This year�s recipients of the Chief Commissioner�s Gold Awards are Kimberley O'Keefe (Pouch Cove), Susan O'Keefe (Pouch Cove), Megan Hibbs (Torbay), Pamela Burke (St. John's), Courtney Greenland (St. John's), Katie Bartlett (Mount Pearl), Rebecca Pennell (Fermeuse), Leslie Kavanagh (Ferryland), Janine Paul (Ferryland), Jillian Croft (Aquaforte), Mollie Dyer (CBS), Elaina Mallay (Marystown), Erin Fitzpatrick (Marystown), Kathryn Smith (St. Anthony), Stephanie Powell (Port au Choix), Cecilia Gaslard (Port au Choix) and Amy Powell (Port au Choix).

"I am pleased to support Guiding in Newfoundland and Labrador. This organization is an example of the work being done on the community level to encourage and support young girls to become leaders in our communities," said Minister Burke.


Media contact:
Michelle Hynes
Communications and Policy Research Analyst
Women�s Policy Office
709-729-6225, 693-2125

2007 04 25                                          2:35 p.m.


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