When we think of having guest speakers visit our units, we often invite professionals in our community or that parent/friend/acquaintance that has a special skill/interest or interesting job.
Sometimes we forget that our very own Guider friends have special skills and interests outside of Guiding that they would LOVE to share with the girls!
On St. Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17th, the 82nd Montreal Guiding Unit had a St. Patrick’s Day Party. The highlight of the meeting was Irish dancing with Lizzie Knowles…Yes, THAT Lizzie, the Communications and PR Coordinator for Quebec Council and Guider in Monklands District.
Since we are mixed unit, we split up into 2 groups: Sparks and Brownies together and Guides on their own.
With each group, Lizzie first gathered the girls to show them her different shoes, wigs, medals and of course THE DRESS. Lizzie then did a demonstration of her amazing dancing skills after which she taught us a few basic steps. We then put it all together and danced to music. The Sparks and Brownies learnt a simple dance while the Guides learnt a more complicated one that involved partners and changing directions. Many of our Guides have other types of dance experience so they were up for the challenge!
Some of our girls walked in the St Patrick’s Day Parade 2 days later and when they saw a group of Irish dancers, they excitedly said: “I did that!”
The girls had an amazing time and if Lizzie is up for it, she may be invited back again next year!
This blog post was written by Patricia Tellis from the 82nd Montreal Guiding Unit. You can read two of her previous posts here: A Great Start to the Guiding Year and Celebrating Youth and Finding Inspiration at WE Day.