When I think back to my childhood, some of the most wonderful memories I have are of being a Brownie, Girl Guide and Junior Leader. I loved it so much I went on to become a Guide Leader myself for many years. The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts has been incredibly good to me, opening up opportunities for me to travel overseas, not once, but twice. I had my first trip overseas to California in the USA when I was just 17, and at 21 was blessed to stay at the World Guiding Centre Sangam in India where I did volunteer work in the local community for a month. I met some amazing women during my time in the Guiding movement from all over the world and saw many girls grow up to be amazing young women when I was a part of their life. I still think of many of them often and wonder what they are up to now.
Congratulations Girl Guides and Girl Scouts for adressing this incredibly important issue for all the girls and young women you are working with and trying to inspire to grow up and become confident and self esteemed women. Thank you also for all that you have given and continue to give to me in so many ways. I'll always be proud to say I was a member of your organisation.