Girl Guides strong and proud

As a long-time member of Girl Guides of Canada, I want to make your readers aware of what a great organization this continues to be

Dear Editor:

As a long-time member of Girl Guides of Canada, I want to make your readers aware of what a great organization this continues to be for girls and women. We are celebrating our centennial in Alberta in 2013 with many activities throughout this year. Just imagine, what a long way we have come in those 100 years. From girls camping outdoors in long skirts 100 years ago, to now, kayaking a river, rappelling down a cliff or travelling the world today, we continue to provide challenge to our members.

Girl Guides survive and thrive today, because we have changed with the times. Our organization certainly does prepare our girls and women to be the best they can be in a supportive atmosphere, and to contribute to society in many ways through service and leadership locally and globally. Lacombe, Ponoka and area are fortunate to continue to have a dedicated group of volunteer women who share the goals of guiding and provide fun adventuresome activities for our girls. They are an energetic, intelligent, caring, competent and fun bunch.

Watch for many activities being held this year to celebrate our centennial in Alberta. Locally, the Silver Willow Trefoil Guild is making quilts to donate to charities as well as a Birthday Party in a Box for local food banks. We hope to make a difference in the lives of 1,000 children across the province with these festive boxes.

I continue to be a member of this great organization because of the fun and growth I can still experience as an adult, and because of the difference I can see that guiding makes in the potential of our girls.

Sheryl Paquette,

Silver Willow Trefoil