Happy International Day of the Girl from everyone at the Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada Québec Council!
Argenteuil District Girl Guides in Lachute celebrated this week with a very special guest. District Commissioner Sara Ogilvie shares with us what the event was all about:
Unwinding from a fantastic night with the girls in our district celebrating International Day of the Girl! I had no idea when I took a shot in the dark and invited our local MP – Mylene Freeman – as a guest speaker that she would be such a great fit! It turned out fantastic. At the age of 24! (3rd youngest ever elected) She was able to speak to the girls about her journey to parliament and all the work she’s done with advocating for women’s equality.
She relayed to the girls:
“If you surround yourself with people who share the same beliefs as you and who care about you, you’ll be surprised what you can achieve.”
So many highlights… from the great things the girls wrote or drew on our “graffiti wall” about “what it means to be a girl” to puzzled looks and questions like “but WHY are girls treated so differently?” to “we need to do something about this” attitudes! A bit tricky to incorporate all ages as we had Sparks through Pathfinders in attendance but I think we managed well.
Even though I think it was a bit long and talky at times what I love about Girl Guides is being able to plant the seed or just provide exposure to the girls to make their world a little larger. For me, it was magical.
By guest blogger Sara Ogilvie. Sara is a Guider and District Commissioner in Argenteuil District. If you are interested in guest blogging, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.