Why are you in Guiding?
Hello! My name is Sophie. I am 15 years old, and I live in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. This year marks my eleventh as a Canadian Girl Guide. As a Spark, I joined Guiding determined to become an avid cookie seller and an adventurous camper, not to mention being able to socialize with my friends. However, I soon discovered that there was much more meaning to Guiding than pitching tents and roasting marshmallows. Now, I chooseto represent this organization that empowers countless girls and women in Canada, and around the world. It is a safe environment where girls are encouraged to be confident, resourceful and, most importantly, they are encouraged to be themselves. Guiding's diverse atmosphere and vast range of identities has established a welcoming space for all. I am proud to say that I am one of the millions of girls globally who embody this organization that provides countless opportunities, experiences and resources to help girls achieve their dreams.
Why did you want to join the Youth council?
I joined the National Youth Council eager to broaden my Guiding experience. I am keen on contributing to the evolution of this organisation, by providing a youth perspective for those eager to be heard. I would like to help shape the future of Girl Guides of Canada into a positive "Girls First' environment, based from its core values: Relevance, Empowerment, Diversity & Inclusion, and Agility. I believe that I will find opportunity to learn and grow from this experience, and from my fellow council members. I am excited to inspire girls to reach their full potential!
What are your goals for the year?
This year, I am eager to tackle peer pressure and its effects through mentorship programs, to ensure that all girls and women can be the best version of themselves. I would like to end the systemic barriers facing girls by action planning on issues that affect their lives, and providing them with opportunities for leadership and community action. I am keen on establishing more resources within Guiding to eliminate possible barriers and bridge it's demographic gap. I am eager to influence Guiding's future direction, and create to a positive impact on girls' lives.
Share a fun fact about yourself.
One day, I hope to visit developing countries, specifically South Africa, to halt the spread of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. I would like to participate in HIV prevention efforts by providing peer education, access to resources and advocacy for those in need.