March 3rd message from Lisa Nicholas and Melissa Martin, Provincial Commissioners

Originally published in the Guide ON eNews, March 3rd, 2020

to all adult members and Rangers

Lisa Nicholas and Melissa Martin PCsWelcome to March! As we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, we encourage everyone to have a look at Keeping Doors Open, GGC’s latest girl-driven research that explores what the STEM pipeline looks like for girls and how the academic choices they make as young as 13 can impact their future. 

In honour of Engineering Month, we have two Ontario All SySTEMs Go events happening at Ryerson University in Toronto on April 4th and 5th and one at McMaster University in Hamilton on May 23rd.  Register today! We will also very shortly be launching our STEMinist Challenge – watch your eNews and social media for details!

There are a few days left to apply for a position on Ontario Council. Are you looking for experience on a volunteer board or a way to further hone your strategic, planning or management skills in a new way? Do you have a friend who might be interested? We are looking for strong, empowered women both inside and outside of Guiding, with passion, experience and commitment, from diverse communities, for several roles. Consider applying for one of our Ontario Council volunteer positions. We are currently recruiting for a Girl Engagement Coordinator that oversees the International, Outdoor Experiences and Girl Program portfolios, two Elected Members that help to plan exciting girl events, lead provincial committees and more, a Youth Forum Coordinator that is responsible for liaising with our provincial Youth Forum Pathfinders and Rangers and representing the girl voice at our Council table and one Deputy Provincial Commissioner to help execute on our provincial operational plan, lead teams and create initiatives that “Wow the Girl!” Applications are due by March 8th, 2020. Our first meeting is May 23-24, 2020 with an orientation on May 22 at 7:00 pm in Toronto (travel costs subsidized).

We’ve recently opened registration for GirlJam 2020, being held at Exhibition Place in Toronto on September 25th and 26th, 2020. To equalize opportunity to attend for all communities across Ontario and Nunavut, we are offering transportation subsidies to units attending – see the GirlJam FAQs page for full details.

Help us grow Girl Guides! Try Now, Join Later begins on April 1st, 2020 and unit registration for next year begins on April 22 for girls returning to the same unit – see more details on registration dates. By now, you may have seen the Nationwide communication regarding unit minimums. Across the country, we are implementing a minimum unit capacity to ensure a strong and growing membership. As many units are either full or have a waitlist below the proposed minimum, by implementing this minimum capacity requirement, GGC as a whole will be able to offer Guiding to more than 14,000 girls. We want to have a consistent level of opportunity for girls, no matter where they live. In Ontario, we will be moving to the new capacities for this year’s Try Now, Join Later program and for the 2020-2021 Guiding year. You might recall that in the fall, Ontario had over 1,700 girls on wait lists – that’s 1,700 girls who WANT to be in Guiding, but we don’t currently have a space to accommodate them. The new unit minimums will open spots for waitlisted girls and potential girls who aren’t yet experiencing our awesome organization. We encourage everyone to have a look at the FAQs to find out more details, including the Guider supports available surrounding this change. As we implement this change, we will be encouraging an open conversation so that the needs of our units can be met and we can continue to provide an exceptional Guiding experience to girls.

We’d like to extend a big thank you to all the Rangers, Youth Forum and adult volunteers who helped to make World Thinking Day 2020 – Threads Across Ontario and Nunavut a success! Over 3,300 participants gathered at 24 locations to celebrate on February 22nd.  

Talk to the girls about getting outside this spring – consider one of our Outdoor Experiences! There is more to OE than our fully planned and programmed weekends – consider a DIY option at a preferred vendor partner or a day experience. We have a new partnership with Kortright Centre with day experiences for Sparks and Brownies – check it out!

Yours in Guiding,
Lisa Nicholas and Melissa Martin
Provincial Commissioners

9/19/2020 7:05:12 PM