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Queensland on the Go ISSUE


196 M AY 2018

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Mrs Kaye de Jersey, wife of the Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC. Girl Guides Queensland appreciates her support of Guiding and her commitment to developing the youth in Queensland to be the leaders of tomorrow. QUEENSLAND ON THE GO

If you would like to submit an article for the June issue of Queensland on the Go, send your submission to before Thursday 24 May 2018. GIRL GUIDES QUEENSLAND

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S TAT E T E A M Update from the State Commissioner and her State Team

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STATE TEAM Velia Nicholls GGQ State Commissioner

Heather Pettigrew Assistant State Commissioner

Holly Hardstaff Assistant State Commissioner

What happened to April? It just seemed to disappear. It was a short month for Guiding once we enjoyed Easter and school holidays. I hope you managed to have some quality down time with your family and friends. As I look back over the month, it was just so action packed. Before I reflect back over the past 4 weeks, I sadly advise that Daile Kelleher (our SEO since November last year) has resigned. Daile left on Monday 23 April to take up another position. We thank her for her enthusiasm and efforts to assist us over the last six months. We wish Daile all the very best in her new endeavours. The GGQ Board has already held special meetings to discuss an interim plan and a recruitment process for our new SEO. I am delighted to announce that the GGQ Board has appointed Kim Harrington as Interim SEO, effective from 1 May. Kim is a highly experienced General Manager across a broad range of areas. Some may remember, Kim was the consultant who worked with both Lynne Price and Sue Van Eyk on the Working Together project twelve years ago.

Julie Black Assistant State Commissioner

Kim will be covering the SEO role while the Board works through the recruitment process. We are extremely fortunate to have Kim work with us for this short period - her broad based general manager skills are extensive. Please make her welcome. In the meantime, it will be business as usual in the office. We have a great team in place, so business as usual means exactly that. My team and Kris Marsh will be working closely with Kim during this transition period. Contact details are: Kim Harrington – State Commissioner team - on NEW email address I would also ask for your patience and understanding as we work together to ensure the delivery of Guiding is supported. Now for some more good news: the Board has ratified the appointment of Amanda Nicholls (no relation) as an Assistant State Commissioner. I am thrilled to have Amanda and her amazing skills on my team. Welcome aboard.


A highlight for me in April was attending the ceremony for the presentation of the Gold Award for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards by HRH Prince Edward in Brisbane. Our very deserving Gold awardee was Emma Croft, Unit Leader Castle Hill, Flinders Region. Emma’s proud parents Jean (DM Southern Townsville) and John were there to share the excitement. At the tender age of 19, Emma’s achievements are amazing. She is currently studying Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at James Cook Uni. Congratulations Emma – and also her very supportive family.

The Commonwealth Games took over the first half of April in a spectacular fashion. We had so many Members volunteer for a great variety of roles across the state – from our very proud baton carriers, medal presentation teams, drivers and many more. I am hoping to share some of their stories on their experiences next month. One of our Unit Helpers from Rochedale, Vanessa Cull, even had a brief conversation with Prince Charles during his walk through the Botanical Gardens prior to the Games. A great story to pass onto her Guides! We excelled yet again with our participation in ANZAC Day marches and ceremonies. In Brisbane, I believe we set a record with nearly 200 Members – youth and adults – who marched in the Brisbane city march. There have been so many comments on how well presented we were with all Members in the correct uniform (well nearly all). We were by far the largest youth organisation in the march. Thanks to all the Leaders and parents for their work and support to make this happen. A comment from one enthusiastic bystander in the crowd was: "Look at all the Girl Guides. Just look at all the Girls Guides. There are so many of them. And don’t they look great”. Thanks to everyone who took part and a special thanks to Amanda Nicholls and Julie Black who did an incredible job of organising this event. Reports are coming in from Regions with details on what occurred in their respective Districts. Please send all your photos from the day to qotg@guidesqld. org so that we can do an ANZAC Day feature in the June issue of Queensland on the Go.



I have just received an email from one very excited RM for Moogerah – Karen Stokes. Following a Come & Try Day last month, the District has re-opened with 20 NEW members. Fantastic news. Congratulations to everyone who made that day happen.

Another highlight was being with Margaret Boyle (our 95 year old Diamond Jubilee Lones Trefoil Member) and Elizabeth Fergus (our 6 year old Wynola Member) as she was interviewed by the Courier Mail. The article appeared on Saturday 7 April. Margaret says that “she owes her longevity to the Guides” and that she “hopes her long service will inspire a new generation Guides” such as Elizabeth who is one of our youngest Members in Brisbane. Margaret you are indeed inspiring to us all. Click here to read the whole article (Page 7 of April 17 issue). As I explained in my April article, GROW is our theme for 2018. Our focus is on growing our membership in all age groups in every Region. I am pleased to report that our membership figures as at the end of April are ahead of the same period last year. This is not a significant improvement but it is certainly encouraging.

Please remember our new Community Development Officer – Caitlin Knapper – is available to assist with ideas and promotional material for your Region and District to help attract new members. As we all know, word of mouth is the most effective and powerful form of communication when attracting new members. One simple way to do this is to keep parents informed on the activities the girls undertake each week and the skills they learn in the process. It is not always obvious how their daughters benefit and grow from the myriad of girl led experiences we provide to each and every girl. Sharing this with parents on a regular basis will help them spread the word and encourage new members.



Yours in Guiding

2017 - 2020

Velia Nicholls “Thalera”


OU R ACTING CHIEF COM M ISSIO NER Today I had the privilege of meeting with a young Girl Guide from my local area who was working toward the Traditions section of her BP award. She had lots of questions for me “When did I join Girl Guides? What had I liked most about Girl Guides? Did I get a Guide award when I was a Guide? What was I most proud of achieving as a Girl Guide? What influence did Girl Guides have on my life? Had I visited a World Centre? Which one? Were my daughters Girl Guides? How did I get to be the Acting Chief Commissioner”?

Girl Guides Australia (GGA) also has a Code of Conduct which defines the standards of behaviour expected of all adults participating in Girl Guiding in Australia. As an adult involved in Girl Guiding in Australia you must adhere to this Code of Conduct.

I also had lots of questions for her. We shared what we love about Guiding with each other. I shared my first camping experience, one very cold winter a very long time ago. She shared she was excited her Leader was working toward her camping qualifications to take her unit camping. We shared that we were both excited about the Sydney Jamboree this year. We shared Gang Show experiences (we even sang We’re riding along on the crest of a wave together!). We shared how Guiding had helped us grow, the impact Guiding has on our lives, how it enables us to help others and the friendships we have made. I was so encouraged by her enthusiasm for Guiding. When she talked of her Guiding experiences her whole face lit up and her eyes beamed. There were so many years between us yet so much in common. We also talked about our Promise and Law and how important it is in shaping how we live our life every day - not just when we are wearing our uniform. The Promise and Law embodies the principles of Guiding. As Leaders we must lead by example. The Promise and Law must be fundamental to how we live our lives, how we lead, how we interact with other Leaders and how we interact with the parents.


Behave in the spirit of the Girl Guide Promise and Law.


Adhere to GGA and the relevant State Girl Guide Organisation’s policies and procedures.


Treat others fairly, knowing that GGA and State Girl Guide Organisations do not tolerate unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, gender, marital status, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, political or religious beliefs, social background or health.


Create an environment in which girls and adults are safe from emotional, physical, verbal and sexual abuse.


Respect others rights to privacy and the confidentiality of their personal information.


Fulfil the roles and responsibilities as stated in your position description (where applicable) and act within the limitations of your authority in performing your duties.


Represent Girl Guiding in the community in a positive light.

I encourage you to take some time to reflect on the Promise and Law you made as a Leader and the Girl Guides Australia Code of Conduct. Are these the foundation on which you build? Today, my memories of so many wonderful Guiding times came flooding back.

“Sometimes you will never know the value of something, until it becomes a memory.” - Dr. Seuss Rosemary Derwin Acting Chief Commissioner


The search is on for Young Ambassadors, aged 15 to 24, who will become the voice of children and young people to our decision-makers in Australia


“When this program was run in the past, we have found the Young Ambassadors have continued their advocacy into successful roles as influencers, community and business leaders.”

“The UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador Program provides successful applicants with an opportunity to speak up for children’s rights - to develop as advocates - at local, national and international levels,” said the CEO of UNICEF Australia, Tony Stuart. “Young Ambassadors will have the opportunity to consult with children and young people and to take their views and advocate for them directly with the decision-makers in our country.”

During their term, the Young Ambassadors will be mentored in:

As voluntary appointments, the Young Ambassador positions are open to young people aged between 15 and 24 years of age, from every state and territory in Australia. There is no need to have previous experience in similar roles and we encourage people from diverse backgrounds.

ʞʞ engaging children and young people in learning about their rights and responsibilities

ʞʞ understanding the work of UNICEF in Australia and internationally ʞʞ children’s rights ʞʞ government advocacy and influencing decision makers ʞʞ becoming an effective spokesperson for UNICEF Australia

ʞʞ learning how to run consultations with children and young people. The role will include some interstate travel, including a trip to Canberra to meet with politicians from the government, opposition and minor parties, as well as other influential stakeholders, to discuss issues that are important to children and young people.

“The final group of Young Ambassadors will bring a diversity of personal experiences, study backgrounds, skill sets, volunteering or community involvement, and cultural backgrounds to the new team, which will ably equip them to be representatives of children and young people in Australia,” Mr Stuart said.

CLICK HERE to apply! Applications close 11:59pm 20 May




ROCHEDALE AND SHAILER PARK Close to 100 guides participated in the Springwood tri -services Anzac service.

LONE GIRL GUIDES Lone Guides are scattered across Queensland and beyond. While our members don’t attend regular face-toface Guide meetings they are still active Girl Guides. Check out how some of our Guides, Olaves, Leaders and Trefoil Members commemorated ANZAC Day.

FRESHWATER District had 25 girls in attendance and 8 leaders including two new leader-in-training recruits.

1ST CHARLEVILLE Members of 1st Charleville Girl Guides joined the Charleville Scout Group to conduct the 2018 Charleville ANZAC Youth Vigil: guarding the Charleville Cenotaph through the night of 24 April until the dawn service on 25 April.



We would love to hear what units are doing across Queensland. Email your story and photos to and share your adventure with Queensland on the Go.

SISTERS AROUND THE WORLD At the Women of the World festival in Brisbane we had the pleasure of meeting Dorothy Sealey. Dorothy was on holiday from the United Kingdom visiting her daughter who lives in Australia. Dorothy saw our amazing marquee, and as a Brownie leader in the United Kingdom, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to come over and find out if we had any badges. Luckily, Natasha Montesalvo (John Oxley Region Manager) happened to have some Australian wildlife badges in her car. Dorothy was delighted and couldn’t wait to share the badges with her girls at 1st Newent Brownies in Gloucestershire. She said the girls were so pleased to have a badge from Australia and sent us a lovely photo.


POSITIONS VACANT EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR PROPERTY COMMITTEE Girl Guides Queensland will be reinvigorating the Property Committee in 2018 and are seeking EOI’s from any Member or Supporter who has an interest in being part of this Committee. Please submit a one page expression of interest listing relevant skills and experience for consideration on this Committee to MARKETING MANAGER A new Volunteer Manager role has been created with support from the GGQ Board. The Marketing Manager will sit on the Queensland Management Committee and be responsible for ensuring the communication from Guides Queensland is girl led and driven.

SCROGGIN LEADER IN CHARGE (LIC) SCROGGIN is a weekend for Leaders (Adult Members 18+) to explore outdoor Activities which will be held in September 2018. Purpose: To run the “Leaders only” weekend designed to explore outdoor activities Criteria: Strong organisational skills, strong interpersonal skills (Committee Members may have a particular skill they wish to contribute to only one element of Scroggin - please still apply). For application details, contact THINKING DAY LEADER IN CHARGE (LIC) Nominations are called for the position of Leader in Charge for the February 2019 Thinking Day State Event. Further information is available from Julie Black, Events Manager by emailing eventsmanager@ KINDILAN FUN DAY 2018 LEADER IN CHARGE (LIC)

This is a three year appointment and the position description will be available to potential applicants.

Purpose: To run the Kindilan Fun Day to be held on 8 September 2018.

Email for more information or to apply.

Criteria: Highly developed people skills, sound planning and organisational skills. Further information is available from Julie Black, Events Manager by emailing


For a full list of all upcoming events, webinars and trainings, visit the Girl Guides Queensland website at


2018 RESILIENT AUSTRALIA AWARDS Submissions are now open for the 2018 Resilient Australia Awards. The awards celebrate initiatives that make communities safer and better prepared for hazards and emergencies, promoting shared responsibility for resilience. The awards feature a dedicated community category. In 2016 Carlyle Gardens Retirement Village in Queensland was highly commended for its preparedness initiative in the wake of Cyclone Yasi. If you know of a Girl Guide, volunteer or Unit who have contributed to building disaster resilient communities, you can nominate them here: https:// Applications close 31 May.


Don't Miss the Fun!

Applications for the 2018 QLD Agoonoree close on Thursday May 31. What is Agoonoree I hear you say? Agoonoree is a Scout and Guide service camp run every year where we invite children from the community (outside of Scouting and Guiding) with special needs to join us for a week to taste what our great movements have to offer. The camp is not only beneficial for the special needs children, but it also plays a major role in development of our Scouting and Guiding members. The camp is open to all members (including Leaders) aged 12 and above and throughout the week youth will be able to partake a variety of activities that will challenge and stimulate all attendees. The camp is held during the first week of the September school holidays at BP Park - Samford and this year we celebrate our 38th year in operation.



Our dear Beryl Wright sadly passed away, she was 94 years old and a beautiful person. Beryl was a member of the Girl Guides I believe since she was seven years old and remained active with Gateway Trefoil Guild. We are wearing Trefoil Dress and the Girl Guide Flag and also the Gateway Trefoil Flag will be on her coffin. Beryl’s daughter has asked for this as Beryl dedicated most of her life to the Girl Guides.

Under 18 $190 Over 18


For more information and to apply, head to or email

Be quick as applications will close 31 May.



KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE The Online Keeping Children Safe Course is now available on the Guides Queensland website. All members – Leaders, Managers, Unit Helpers and Support Group members should complete the course as soon as possible. The course is available to all members and leaders who would like to do an update on Keeping Children Safe. Simply log on and complete the course. OUTDOOR LEADER I have recently been asked to clarify the role of the Outdoor leader. This is one of the least understood and less commonly achieved qualifications but it is one that allows for great flexibility. An Outdoor Leader may be appointed to a District or a Region. Once qualified, an Outdoor leader’s role is to work with Units to optimise opportunities to incorporate the outdoors into their Programs. The leader, in consultation with other leaders, is able to develop a program of activities that meets their needs but fits with the availability of time that the Outdoor leader has. This may or may not require a weekly commitment. The next step after qualification is normally to meet with the District / Region Manager so together they can explore the outdoor roles that interest the leader and the level of time they are able to commit. This information is then passed on to other leaders in the District/Region who may appreciate the assistance of the Outdoor Leader in running parts of their programs.


LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT The following quote from the Outdoors Leadership Qualification Passport explains what the Outdoor leader is able to do: As a qualified Outdoors Leader you can: ʞʞ Manage all aspects of your outdoor activities including reporting to the District / Region Manager ʞʞ Lead an indoor sleepover (less than 24 hours) at a Guide approved venue as described in Guide Lines ʞʞ Lead outdoor activities in accordance with Guide Lines ʞʞ Participate in a camp as described in Guide Lines. (To lead a camp the Leader in Charge must hold the Conduct a Camp module and ‘Provide First Aid’ – HLTAID003 qualification.) ʞʞ Gain specialist qualifications for camping, boating or adventure activities. ʞʞ Assist other Leaders to become qualified by signing their Passport as specified. MANAGERS UPDATE: All managers need to complete the Minimising Operational Risk (MOR) webinar offered by GGA. This webinar is a compulsory component of Manager qualifications. Link is found on: Please choose a date and time that suits you then download the instructions on how to log in on your device.


TREFOIL GUILD It is not often that a new Trefoil Guild is formed, but it is with great pleasure we welcome the Platinum Flyers Lone Trefoil Guild which officially formed on 9 March 2018. The planning process started late last year and started to become a reality in late January. The foundation members are all active in Lone Guiding and hope that the online meetings will encourage other women to “fly� with them.

President Mandie Young mandie. or the Lone Region Adviser would like to hear from you. I hope you have all been able to be a part of ANZAC Day. Trefoil Guilds participated by marching, helping with breakfasts or lunches, or in other ways. At my local Dawn Service, the kookaburras have always contributed to this special time, making an impact with their raucous singing. They are a reminder that making an IMPACT is our focus for this year.

Trefoil Guild is open to any woman over 18 years of age who is willing to make the Guide Promise. The purpose of Trefoil Guild is to keep alive the spirit of the Promise and Law, carry the spirit into the community and to give support to Guiding. And of course the fun and fellowship which also a part of Trefoil Guild.

Until next time, yours in Guiding, Joan Gleeson TREFOIL GUILD


State Lone Units Gathering


S.L.U.G SLUG 2018 is the first State Lone Unit Gathering held in 10 years. We had a great time with canoeing, abseiling and aeroball at Kindilan. The platform tents were fantastic, especially when it was raining. Georgia - Tirrikki Slug 2018 was an amazing camp. It was great to be able to meet my unit face to face instead of just screen to screen. I even got to meet old friends from previous camps. The activities were fun and most of them I had never done before. Although it did rain, our camp spirits were not dampened. My favourite activity would have to have been aeroball. Kiara - Tirrikki As this was my very first SLUG Camp experience as a Lone Guide, I found it so amazing to meet everyone in person and to see them not just as faces on a laptop screen. I loved being able to get to know everyone, create new friendships and share ideas, this was definitely the highlight of the camp for me. Belle - Charleville Lones Great time - much better than school camps (first guide camp for Belle). Cassie - Charleville Guides I made lots of new friends. Amber - Charleville Guides Great variety of activities.

The Waminda Lones Brownie Guides were thrilled to have our State Commissioner at SLUG to present Keeley with her Junior BP. Three Waminda Lones Brownie Guides and two Markaling Lone Gumnut Guides enjoyed being at Slug with the 'big girls'! Two of the Waminda girls also did a link up to the Kintakerri Guide Unit before our Campfire. Everyone had a great time in spite of the rain! 15


IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Put these dates in your diary, you definitely don’t want to miss out! Queensland Olave Program Conference 28 - 1 October at Garradunga Chain of Cardboard Cities 18 - 19 August at PGL Kindilan National Olave Conference – Kuungana 6 - 8 July at State Office

OLAVE OPPORTUNITY! Are you passionate about Girl Guides, organised and up for a challenge? Then if so, the Olave Committee are looking for someone who is interested in facilitating the Queensland event of Kuungana- the National Olave Conference. If you would like more details or are interested in this opportunity, please contacts us at olave@ DUKE OF EDINBURGH Flinders Region Olave and leader Emma Croft was recently presented with the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award by Prince Edward. Bravo Emma!

OLAVES AT THE AGM! It was wonderful to see some Olaves at the Annual General Meeting in a range of capacities. In addition to being Olaves and leaders, Esther Wearmouth and Bronte Snowdon are State Aides, and Jess Spence has recently been appointed to the Board of Girl Guides Queensland. Girl Guides sure do go places! MONTHLY CHALLENGES Adventure: Aim for your 10,000 steps a day! Community: As a unit, volunteer at a local event or nursing home. Self-development: Set yourself a new goal for the month and report back to your peer group each week on your progress. Not attached to a peer group? Try making a diary entry each week instead.

Grace Grace Munro Olave Program Manager



Since moving to Longreach Karyn has taken on the role of Leader, and then very shortly after, District Manager. She is always looking for ways to engage her girls in interesting, challenging and worthwhile activities. She has maintained her unit with enthusiasm and shown a love of Guiding. Karyn has been an active member of our Region, consistently attending Region Teleconference Meetings and taking on the Program, International and Arts Consultants Roles with passion, ensuring all other leaders are informed about ideas, events, competitions and opportunities for them and their Guides. Our Region's overall program has been improved from Karyn's efforts. Karyn has also recently gained her canoe qualifications, again in order to ensure she can offer Guides in Longreach as much as possible. Karyn is a wonderful person, but more importantly, a passionate Guide who passes on the Guiding Spirit wherever she goes. Major Mitchell is lucky to have such a GEM! The GEM Award was introduced for Members who are ‘Going the Extra Mile’ by stepping outside their role to do that extra bit for their District, Region or State. Recipients receive an award package from the State Commissioner plus a $25 Guide Supplies gift voucher! To nominate a GGQ Member, please visit


Day Camps

at PGL Kindilan, Redland Bay School Holiday Program 2-13 July 2018 Adventure activities such as: ◾ Abseiling ◾ Flying Fox ◾ Canoeing

◾ Archery ◾ Aeroball ◾ Challenge Course

◾ Leap of Faith ◾ Climbing ◾ Raft Building

All instruction included. Suitable for ages 7-14. Arrival from 8:15am, activities between 9am - 4:15pm. Pick up 4:15 - 5pm. For children aged 5-6, an alternative activity program is available. Please call us for details.



incl. GST per day

To book visit Booking essential. Limited places. ↸ PGL Kindilan, Cnr Days & German Church Rd, Redland Bay QLD 4165

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18TH – 19TH AUGUST 2018

CHAIN OF CARDBOARD CITIES 2018 Save the Date! The city planners are currently in the process of planning Chain of Cardboard Cities 2018. This weekend is all about forming awareness of our friends on the street while also having fun of course. Come and join us, sleeping under the stars in cardboard boxes with the bare essentials. We will also be working with Orange Sky Laundry to contribute to our wider community of friends on the street.



MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW! FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT Tamika Gibson Phone: 0468 757 592 Email: chainofcardboard


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The Commonwealth Games Challenge has been developed to celebrate the Commonwealth Games that was held on the Gold Coast from 4-15 April this year, and the Challenge is for all Guides and their Leaders. $2.00

I HELPED RAISE FUNDS CLOTH BADGE Fun swap badge for those who help raise funds for their Unit, District or Region $0.85

FUN IN THE OUTDOORS CLOTH BADGE Swap badge for any outdoor activity. $0.85

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