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Alberta Council

Alberta Girl Guides is a provincial council within the National organization of Girl Guides of Canada - Guides du Canada. The area covered includes Alberta, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories.

Alberta Council Area Map 

(map adapted from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Canada_%28geolocalisation%29.svg as per Creative Commons license at bottom of page)

Alberta Council Area Websites

Girl Guides of Canada - Alberta Council is subdivided into 11 different Areas. The following is a list of Areas within Alberta that have websites (there are five more areas; however they do not have websites at this time). Click on each image below to visit the Area websites!

  Calgary Area  Chinook Area  Cypress Hills Area  Edmonton Area  Parkland Area  Tamarac Area  

Alberta Provincial Commissioner Team

Provincial Commissioner - Kathy Batty

Kathy Batty began her Guiding journey as a Brownie and Guide in Mannville Alberta. She was not able to continue on with Pathfinders as unfortunately there was not a unit.  Her favourite memory of being a Brownie came when her unit travelled to Vegrerville to see Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth.  Although they did not get to meet Her Majesty, the hype involved with the visit is where Kathy’s fascination with the Royal Family began.

In 1997, when her daughter was two, Kathy became a Tawny Owl with the 19th Brownies which is part of Pinedale District within Tamarac Area, located in St. Albert.  She loved the Brownies, eventually becoming Brown Owl and staying with the unit until 2005.

In the summer of 2005, Kathy received a phone call from a couple of girls who were former Brownies but were about to enter their last year of Pathfinders asking her to be their Guider during their final year of Pathfinders….how can one say no to that, so a Pathfinder Guider she became.  During that year the girls completed their Canada Cord and during the awards ceremony made Kathy cry by highlighting the impact Guiding made on their lives and how Kathy had been like a ‘second mom’ to them.  Nothing can make a Guider more proud than to know you made a difference!

During a brief stint as a Guide Guider, Kathy returned to Pathfinders until she became Tamarac Area Commissioner in 2009.

Like most other volunteers in Guiding, Kathy has worn a few different hats, sometimes more than one at a time, being the Pinedale District Commissioner, Tamarac Area Membership Adviser and PR Adviser and the Alberta Council Training Adviser before having the honour of becoming the 20th Provincial Commissioner for Alberta Council in May 2017.

Kathy is an avid sports fan, having played slo-pitch and soccer for many years.  She knows firsthand the benefits of being both mentally and physically active and encourages all units in Alberta, Northwest Territories and Yukon to make a commitment to a healthy body and mind!


History of Guiding in Alberta

2013 marked Alberta's Centennial year in Guiding, scroll down for photos and stories about how Guiding began and developed in Alberta! 

If you have photographs showcasing Guiding in Alberta through the years, please email full-size scans or digital photos to webcoordinator@albertagirlguides.com, noting who is in the photos and when/where they were taken.

Newspaper clipping from 1963 courtesy of Jan McCaghren.

Photo of 56th Calgary Guide Company from 1963 courtesy of Jan McCaghren, who writes, "I’m the one in the back row with my eyes closed – I always blink at the wrong time when someone takes my picture!"

Photo courtesy of Joan Amundsen, who writes, "The old pictures I have scanned are from my experience as a girl in Lacombe Guiding.  The Brownie picture is dated 1965.  The rest of the photos are from my years as a Ranger around 1970.  I could probably identify most of the people in the photos.  Joan Fredeen, who is still in Lacombe, was my Guide and Ranger leader."

Photo courtesy of Joan Amundsen, "Camp at Sylvan Lake 1968"

Photo courtesy of Deanna Michaels, Guider with 1st St. Paul Guides and Pathfinders.  Deanna writes, "I am sending you a photo of the Ashmont Guides taken at the train station in 1939.  They are leaving for Edmonton to see King George V and Queen Elizabeth.  My grandmother, Rosemary Kyte, is at the extreme right.  She was a leader and commissioner in the 1930s."

Photo of the Ashmont Guides, taken in the 1930s, courtesy of Deanna Michaels, Guider with 1st St. Paul Guides and Pathfinders.

Lady Baden-Powell “Otter Woman”

Title: Lady Baden-Powell “Otter Woman” (centre)
Photographer: unknown
Location: Alberta, Canada
Date: 1935
Archival reference number: APH 495
Archives: Girl Guides of Canada -Guides du Canada
Credit: Originally published in Calgary Herald 1935

Description: As printed in the Calgary Herald, explaining the ceremony:

In 1935, as part of a world tour, Lord and Lady Baden-Powell and their daughters, Heather and Betty, paid a visit to Calgary, Alberta.

The first day of this visit was taken up by a huge rally in Victoria Park, complete with elaborate ceremonies, and a four-ring circus! Among the 6000 Guides and Scouts present on this historic occasion were 2400 who had been brought to Calgary from all parts of Alberta in eight special trains. The action-packed day didn’t end until 12:45 the next morning, when the last of the participants headed home, exhausted, but full of excitement at having seen and heard their ‘Chiefs.’

On the second day of their visit, the Baden-Powell party travelled to the Sarcee Indian reserve. Lord Baden-Powell had been admitted to the tribe on a previous visit and given the name ‘Chief Spotted Eagle.’ On this occasion, Lad Baden-Powell was admitted to the tribe and given a very special Indian name in an ancient ceremony that was described in the Calgary Herald of the day as follows:

“The admission of Lady Baden-Powell into the Sarcee was conducted with all the ceremony of their ancient custom. Kneelingon a rug spread on the ground, Pat Grasshopper, the medicine man of the tribe, speaking in Sarcee, told of the exploits of famous women of their people while Chief Big Plumer interpreted: ‘We have many famous women whose names are remembered and we honor them by passing on their name to other worthy to bear them. A long time ago, Otter Woman was a good woman who brought up her own children and other children of the tribe to be good people, kind to other and mighty hunters. She did good work for other people’s children and everyone loved her. No other has borne her name for one hundred years, but now we give it to you because you are wife of Spotted Eagle and bring up his children and ll the children to be good people. We give you the name of ‘Emonis Ake’ Otter Woman.”

- Appeared in Canadian Guider October 1988 adapted from I Promise/The History of Guiding in Alberta

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