Youth Forum

The Youth Forum consists of up to 11 girl members that are between 14-17 years of age from across Ontario. These girls apply to participate and are selected to provide input to Ontario Council decisions. They are ambassadors in Ontario and may represent girl members in the media or at Guiding events.

To reach a Youth Forum member contact Rachel Collins, the Elected Member - Youth at Invite a Youth Forum Member to your event! Complete the Invitation Request form.

Frequently asked questions about Youth Forum

2017-2018 Youth Forum Members:

Girl Guides of Canada Ontario Council Girl Forum memberRobyn D.
Hello my name is Robyn. I am 17 years old and I live in Ottawa in a town called Stittsville (community 27). This is my second year on Girl Forum and I am honoured to take over the position as this year’s Chair. I have been in Guiding my whole life; I went to my first scout camp was when I was three weeks old and I haven’t stopped since. I have four sisters who are also all in Guiding with me: a Brownie, two Pathfinders and my oldest sister is a Brownie leader in Toronto. My mom is the Safe Guide Advisor for Ontario Provincial Council, a former ACL and is very involved in the Guiding community. I have earned my Lady-Baden Powell award, Canada Cord, the Girl Greatness award for Courage, my Chief Commissioner Bronze, Silver and Gold and I am working towards my Duke of Edinburgh award. My Girl Guide claim to fame is definitely running campfires and always being prepared. Aside from Girl Guides, I am an avid competitive soccer player. I am a goalie for West Ottawa Soccer U17 Girls District Competitive One team. I am also on Student Council at my high school and you can always find me in the hockey arena cheering on my sisters. I am super energetic, enthusiastic and passionate about Guiding and am thrilled to start this year’s Guiding adventure as part of Ontario Girl Forum.

Girl Guides of Canada Ontario Council Girl Forum MemberShannon W.
Hi! My name is Shannon and I’m from Ottawa. This is my eleventh year in Girl Guides, and my second year on Girl Forum. All the girls in my family are also part of Girl Guides. My mom is a leader for the local Guide unit, my sister is a second year Pathfinder and my other sister is a third year Guide. Through Guiding, I have gained confidence, leadership and awards, including the Lady-Baden Powell, Canada Cord and being nominated for the Girl Greatness Award for Making a Difference. Outside of Guiding, I ride horses and am in my high school’s band.
I’m so excited for this Guiding year!

Girl Guides of Canada Ontario Council Girl Forum memberAlyssa B.

Hi, my name is Alyssa from community 32 and I am in my second year on Youth Forum. I have been in Guiding for 13 years and plan on being in Guiding for many more. I have done so many amazing things with Guiding, like traveling to Alberta and Europe, getting my level two ORCKA (Ontario Recreational Kayaking and Canoeing Association), camping in the rain and making life long friends from across Canada. This summer, I will travelled with an Ontario unit to England and Scotland and I learned things about Guiding in other countries and am exited to share my experience with other girl members. I hope that as a member of Youth Forum I can inspire people in Girl Guides and make a difference for girls in Guiding.

Rose S.
Hi everyone! My name is Rose and this is my second year in Youth Forum. I live in the west end of Toronto and go to Martingrove Collegiate Institute. I am so exited this year to be a part of Youth Forum. I am currently in my eleventh year of Girl Guides now and in a Pathfinder and TREX unit. I also volunteer with a very energetic group of Girl Guides as a junior leader for some of their events. I love to go camping and will use every opportunity to go camping. In my spare time I read, draw, swim and collect chicken items pottery, stuffies and whatever I can find (I have around 50 right now). I also play the cello and am learning how to play the tenor saxophone. My claim to fame is selling 160 cases of cookies to go on an independent trip. My favourite part of Guiding is going on camping trips with my friends and making new friends when I'm out in the middle of nowhere! And when you go winter camping, and you get to show your other friends the pictures, they either think you are an extreme camper and really cool, or more likely nuts!

Girl Guides of Canada Ontario Council Girl Forum member
Jennifer Z.
Hello everyone! I'm Jennifer (aka Jenn) and this is my second year on Youth Forum. I'm from the booming metropolis of Waterdown, which is so quiet you can hear people knocking on the door across the street. I've been in Guiding since first year Brownies, so this is my 9th year. (Fun fact, when I was in Brownies I heard about the forum for the first time. I wanted to know why they didn't have positions for younger girls as well. I wrote up a whole email and made it my goal to do this. Brownie dreams achieved!) I've had so much fun so far so I'm really happy to be giving back to Guiding in this way. While my resume isn't quite as impressive as some of the other girl's, I went to Mosaic in Alberta, while on crutches to boot. I hope to be able to go to the Jamboree in Sydney, Australia as my next international camp. I volunteer with my mother's Brownie unit every week, and I'm going to get my LDP 4 as soon as I can so I can be a leader at summer camps. As for my claim to fame, I used to be a real sucker for badges. So naturally, I decided to get every single one. I successfully earned every badge in Brownies! I enjoy reading, writing, drawing, camping and singing. I'm very flattered and honoured to be a Girl Forum member this year, and I hope to be a good role model for younger girls!

Emily M.
Hi! My name is Emily and I am from Ottawa. This is my first year on Girl Forum, and I am incredibly excited to get started. I am 15, have been involved in Guiding for eleven years and am going into my first year of Rangers. I received the Lady Baden-Powell award and my Canada Cord, which I just received last year. I have also completed the entirety of the Leadership Development Program at Camp Woolsey. I am very grateful to have Guiding in my life! Guiding has given me the confidence and inspiration to do and create things I would have never done before. Guiding has given me so much more than I could ever ask for, and without it I would not be who I am today. The majority of my best friends have all stemmed from Guiding! Away from Girl Guides, I am a huge social activist and get involved wherever I can, especially when it comes to women's empowerment. I am in my school's band but also enjoy playing music recreationally, especially guitar! I love reading; one of my favourite books is 1984 by George Orwell. Finally, I love creating art, especially through writing. I am absolutely thrilled to be on Girl Forum this year and can't wait to see what is in store!

Girl Guides Youth Forum MemberKristyn S.
Hello my name is Kristyn. I am 15 years old and live in Mississauga. This is my first year on Youth Forum. This year will also be my first year as a Ranger and my seventh year in Girl Guides. Last year I volunteered with an amazing Brownie unit which I hope to do again this year. I love everything about Girl Guides, especially the many different experiences that I have had which I wouldn’t have had without Guides. One of my favorite activities is camping with my unit. In Guides I earned my Lady Baden Powell and in Pathfinders I earned my Canada Cord. In addition to Guides I really enjoy Netflix, swimming, softball and the outdoors. This past summer I worked as a junior counselor at an outdoor day camp. I am honoured to be on this year’s Youth Forum and very excited for another amazing Guiding year.

Girl Guides Youth Forum memberBrittney B.
Hi, I’m Brittney, a third year Ranger from Stratford, Ontario. This is my first year on Girl Forum and I look forward to what this year will bring. So far during my time in Guiding I have had the opportunity to attend two of our world centers, Guiding Mosaic, rally days and various other events. In addition, I have been a junior leader in my local Spark unit for several years and earned various awards including Lady Baden Powell, Canada Chord and Chief Commissioner Bronze and Silver. My favourite part of Guiding is the camps and travelling, as well as the new relationships that are created during these outings. Outside of Guiding, I have a passion and love for science and helping others. I aspire to one day go to Med School and become a doctor or surgeon. I am honoured to be a Girl Forum member, and I hope to accomplish and experience amazing things this year while inspiring younger members of Guiding.

Girl Guides Youth Forum MemberMeghan M.
Hi! My name is Meghan! I live in Caledon and do Guiding in Orangeville (community 6). I'm 14 years old, starting Grade 9, and am in my third year of Pathfinders. I'm also a helper in a Sparks unit. I’ve been in Guiding since Sparks, so 10 years! I earned all the Spark and Brownie badges, the Lady Baden Powell Award and am working towards my Canada Cord. Through Guiding I’ve learnt so many things and had so many opportunities. I was selected to go on the nationally sponsored trip this past summer to the international camp, IGGnite 2017 in Ireland, which was an amazing experience! My claim to fame is I’ve been a Cookie All Star for the past eight years, and this past year I sold over 80 cases as I’m currently fundraising for my trip to Our Chalet next year. I’m very passionate about travelling and learning about the world. Outside of Guiding, my hobbies include Postcrossing, nordic skiing, reading and working towards my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. I’m totally pumped to be on the Girl Forum this year and be involved in some awesome stuff!

Girl Guides Youth Forum memberKatelyn S.
Hi all, my name is Katelyn I am 16 years old and I am from community 21. I am a 2nd year Ranger and a TREX member. I am also a unit assistant to a very energetic Guide unit, although I do enjoy working with girls of all ages from Sparks to Pathfinders. I started out in Guiding as a Spark and I have been in Guiding for 11 years. My favorite parts of Guiding include the lifelong friends, the never-ending adventures from the camping trips (my favorite part of camping is the campfires), to traveling abroad (I have only been to our world center in London, but it is a goal of mine to get to visit all of our world centers someday) and the endless opportunities and life lessons. When I am not participating in Guiding events, I can be found reading, swimming (I hope to become a lifeguard one day!) or making pottery. This is my very first year on Girl Forum and I could not be more excited. I hope that by being part of the Girl Forum I can be a positive role model to other girls and have a chance to give back.

Girl Guides of Canada Ontario Council Girl Forum member EmalynEmalyn T.
Hi! My name’s Emalyn and I’m from Cambridge. This is my first year of Girl Forum, and I’m so excited! I’m going into my second year of Rangers and my 11th year of Guiding. I have earned my Canada Chord and Bronze Chief Commissioner’s Award and am currently working on my Silver. I’m am known in my unit for always planning things really detailed. I love traveling, singing around campfires and trying new things. Outside of Guiding, I enjoy playing in musical ensembles, reading and hanging out with my friends.

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