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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 

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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 - Beverly Simpson Headon

I was a girl member for six years and in fact if you have a copy of the book "I Promise", You will find me in there.  I will give you a hint, I was in Michener area then and in the photo I was a Brownie from Drayton Valley.  At any rate, I came back into Guiding as an adult because my daughter who had completed Sparks wanted to be a Brownie.  

So as the saying goes, "if you can’t be a leader, we can’t have a unit this year.  It’s just an hour and a half a week."  So that was 23 years ago and I am still giving that hour and a half a week (haha).  I’ve been a leader in all branches and have been with Rangers/Sr. Branches since 1999.  The travel bug bit me and I have been to all four world centres once and to Our Cabaña three times as well as various other great locations on Guiding trips.  There is something about traveling with Girl Guides that just can't be beat.  

Of course once you start as a unit Guider there are always positions that need someone so I've held all kinds of them with the most recent being Edmonton Area Commissioner.  I had a blast and am looking forward to the next three to five years as the Provincial Commissioner.  For me, I like giving our members experiences to remember.  The memories that they will recall for many years to come.  

I especially love meeting the girls and listening to their stories.  In fact I love getting "letters from camp", they are some of the best reading ever.  

Outside of Guiding (and yes I do have a life outside of this) I love to travel with my family especially to Disneyland, enjoy country music and make cards.  And oh yeah, I love Mickey Mouse, he's my favorite.

Deputy Provincial Commissioner - Glenda Metro   

Glenda is excited, nervous and terrified to be a Deputy Provincial Commissioner for Alberta Council! But mostly excited! Her journey with Girl Guides began as a leader began about 18 years ago when she was asked to spend an hour and a half each week to help with a unit. You know the story! She has been a leader with Sparks, Brownies, Guides and Trex. And has had many incredible adventures and made friends for life. 

She has held a variety of positions on various councils but the most recent one, being Deputy Area Commissioner for Edmonton Area has been the most interesting and challenging for her.  She says she has had the privilege to meet so many dedicated women who give so much to our organization. 

While she no longer volunteers her time to a unit, she always looks forward to the events where she gets to meet with the girls. For her being with the girls allows her to get recharged, knowing that even though she doesn't work with them on a weekly basis, everything we do on council is for the benefit of the girls. 

There is so much to be done to serve and support the Leaders and girl members of Girl Guides, Alberta Council and Glenda loves being involved. Every time she sits in on a meeting or goes to a conference, Glenda is overwhelmed by the enormity and complexity of our organization, and proud that this is all made possible by women! No matter where she goes, she will always find a sister in Guiding.

Deputy Provincial Commissioner - Tracy Burton

Tracy was born and raised in Lethbridge and is currently living and working in Pincher Creek.  She has been involved in Guiding since a Brownie going through all the branches as a girl member.  While a girl she able to participate in Guelph 93 and Blomidon 96.  

Tracy was a Guide leader for a couple years and is currently a Spark and Brownie Guider.  She has just finished being the Provincial Program Adviser and is still a trainer.  

For Tracy her favorite things about Guiding include seeing the girls grow and develop their own skills as well as gain confidence in themselves, meeting amazing Guiders throughout the provinces and territories and having the opportunity to work with these women and learn from them and her all-time favorite thing to do in Guiding is CAMP!

She loves to take her units to camp.  When Tracy has spare time she likes to hike, read, golf as well as crochet, knit and cross stitch, which she says she is not an expert in any of them.  



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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