Congratulations to the 2016 Portage Over Poverty Scholarship recipients

To all adult members and Rangers

Ontario Council is please to introduce the 2016 Portage Over Poverty Scholarship recipients.

About Alissa

"While I have had many unique experiences in Guiding, I have been most influenced by volunteering with both a Spark unit and a Brownie unit.  I enjoy involving the girls in service projects and teaching them about world issues.  For example, before participating in the Arctic Youth Ambassadors Conference, I taught them about Northern issues and organized a toy/clothing drive so that I could bring supplies with me.  The girls absolutely LOVED getting involved.  It is powerful to know that when given an opportunity, these girls want to and can make a difference!  In general, I love volunteering my time as a Unit Helper so that I get to share my love for Guiding with the girls and help them blossom into caring and active citizens."

Here’s a glimpse at Alissa’s great work:
  • Created a Sparks Environmental March while in Sparks
  • While in Guides, organized memory boxes for seniors with dementia and helped to raise awareness for the Haiti Shelter Box project
  • In Rangers, help to organize a bike collection to send to Africa
  • As part of the "Words in Action" challenge, organized a literacy backpack drive for an at-risk school nearby
  • Participated in the Arctic Youth Ambassadors Conference in Iqaluit and collected toys and clothing donations to take to the northern community
  • Currently is co-leading Twinning 2020, an initiative that supports girls in creating international friendships with their Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting sisters while participating in cross-cultural learning opportunities to enhance their global perspective.

About Emma

"Greetings from Our Chalet! Guiding has changed my life; because of Guiding I am on my current education and adventure path. Guiding has provided me with real life experience, skills and opportunities such as world travel, leadership and making global friends. Thanks to Guiding I have been able to strengthen my passion for both outdoor adventure and teaching others about the amazing outdoors. This scholarship will help me to further my passion as I attend Lakehead University this year to study Outdoor Recreation and Education. Thank you all so much for this honour."

Here’s a bit of Emma’s exciting Guiding experiences:
  • Was a member of Ontario Girl Forum for two years
  • Tasked with creating the Diamond Jubilee Challenge for Ontario Girl Guides
  • Was a member of the National Girl Safety Task Force
  • Involved in "Days for Girls" developing a partnership with local Girl Guides and Sangam
  • Master of Ceremonies for the Girl Guides of Canada National Forum in Toronto
  • Completed the WAGGGS Stop the Violence workshop to become a certified session facilitator

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