The Oxford Mills Sisterhood of Guiding held an enrolment and awards ceremony at their Clubhouse on December 13 to recognize years of service for Guiding members and volunteer Guiders. A ceremonial entrance, followed by O’Canada and the Guiding Promise, brought back many memories for Guiding Alumni as they watched these young Guiding members pledge their promise: To do their best, To be true to themselves, their beliefs, and to Canada, to promise to take action for a better world and respect the Guiding Law.
Juliana Hossie was acknowledged for having achieved her Canadian Citizenship award, completing a First Aid Challenge and over 25 hours of community service. There was also recognition for the Pitch In program that she initiated and was able to get her community involved with. All of this was achieved during 2 years of online Guiding, and this last year of meeting in person.
Juliana was awarded the Canada Cord. This is the highest award that a Pathfinder can achieve. The requirements include completing the Pathfinder Program, as well as extra initiatives in the areas of Community Service, Volunteering, and specific hours spent in developing Leadership or Camping skills. The Canada Cord was presented, along with a letter of recognition by Mayor Peckford and congratulations from MPP Micheal Barrett (who was not able to attend) for her achievement. Ann Lalonde recalled one of Juliana’s first overnight camping trips at Limerick Forrest as a Spark. “As Juliana was being picked up the next day, she told her Mom that she had so much fun she forgot to miss her”.
Guiding offers a lot of hands on learning, from the time you register as a Spark to when you move up to the Ranger program: hiking on local trails or rafting down the Ottawa river; cooking contests, pitch-a-thons for new inventions and other confidence-building challenges; making DIY Eco-friendly products and learning about new ways to protect the planet; exploring the world on a local, national or international trip; and so much more.
The Pathfinder program offers an opportunity to mentor younger girls in skills and trade. This Leadership training could allow them to one day take on a leadership role on a local committee or a provincial youth forum. The program allows the girls to try it all and learn how to always be prepared. The Oxford Mills Sisterhood of Guiding are presently in the midst of fundraising for a trip to Alberta in 2023.
Many thanks to the volunteers who make this program happen: Charlotte Maxwell (4 yrs of service), Heather Hossie (6 yrs of Service), Lisa Wilberforce (7 yrs of service), Kristen Lonergan (10 yrs of service), Mary Anne Leang (15 yrs of service), Mary Furber (15 years of service) and Ann Lalonde with her 30 years of Service and many, many stories of Girl Guide camping.
For more information on how to join or support the Oxford Mills Sisterhood of Guiding, you can email [email protected]