Creating a Safe Guiding Experience
The Girl Guides of Canada Code of Conduct
The Girl Guides of Canada Code of Conduct affirms our commitment to ensuring that GGC is a fun, safe and respectful space for all. It reinforces what Guiding is all about – fairness, responsibility, accountability and treating each other with respect in all of our interactions, whether personal or electronic. All adult and girl Members, parents/guardians, non-member volunteers and employees must review and agree to the Code of Conduct. This affirms their commitment to creating a safe and respectful Guiding experience for all.
This Code of Conduct is an integral part of involvement with Girl Guides of Canada–Guides du Canada (GGC). The Code of Conduct requires all Members, all volunteers, all employees, and all parents and guardians of Members to:
- Refrain from words, actions and behaviour – in any medium - that demonstrate disrespect for other Members, volunteers, employees, or the family members of such individuals.
- Uphold GGC's reputation and integrity by ensuring that their conduct, whether in person, online, or otherwise, brings honour and dignity to GGC.
- Be vigilant in ensuring an environment that is safe and protects girl and adult Members, volunteers and employees from emotional, physical, verbal and sexual abuse.
- Respect other Members', volunteers' and employees' rights to privacy and the confidentiality of their personal information.
- Act with honesty and integrity when dealing with property, monies and any other assets belonging to GGC.
- Respect and abide by the laws of Canada and of the relevant Province or Territory.
- Treat Members, volunteers, employees and Members' families fairly, knowing that GGC does not tolerate unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical ability, political beliefs, socio-economic status, health-related status, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other grounds enumerated in the human rights legislation of the jurisdiction in which the individuals involved are located.
In addition, Members, volunteers and Employees will:
- Subscribe to the principles of the Promise and Law of GGC and adhere to GGC's bylaws, policies and procedures.
- Fulfill their roles and responsibilities as stated in their position descriptions (where applicable) and act within the limitations of their authority in the discharge of their duties.
- Diligently maintain the confidentiality of any information regarding GGC that they have obtained in the course of performing their roles in Guiding and that is not generally available to the public.
Girl Guides of Canada–Guides du Canada reserves the right to take action regarding any breach of the Code of Conduct.
Our Commitment to Members' Safety
Girl Guides of Canada follows rigorous procedures to ensure a safe Guiding experience for all. All adult members must complete a stringent screening process that includes an interview, two personal references and a Police Records Check (PRC). Volunteers must also complete mandatory training on our safety procedures and personally commit to Girl Guides of Canada's Code of Conduct.
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