Alberta Council Youth Forum

The Alberta Council Youth Forum is comprised of Rangers from Alberta, Northwest Territories and Yukon. These Rangers work together to make a positive impact in Guiding at the provincial and national levels. They develop skills in leadership, teamwork, organization, problem solving, planning and youth engagement.

The Alberta Council Youth Forum works under the guidance of an elected Guider, who is a member of Alberta Council and an adult committee member. These Guiders advise the Youth Forum and are the liaison to Alberta Council.

Some highlights from the past year include: a welcome camp, articles in Blue-Print, ANY_ GuideNews, and Canadian Guider. The first-ever Ranger Meet up was also a success! Members from the Alberta Council Youth Forum had the opportunity to work directly with National on a number of Girls First initiatives.

AB-Council-33 Youth Forum Application, May 2020

Alberta Council Youth Forum Expectations

Click on a Youth Council Member's name below to see their profile.

Jacqueline Emes, Coordinator, Alberta Council Youth Forum


Jacqueline has been in Guiding since joining as a Brownie and is one of two Coordinators for the Alberta Council Youth Forum. She is excited to be working with the Youth Forum and assisting them in helping shape Guiding in Alberta, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.

Jacqueline has held various roles within Girl Guides and has been able to travel to two of the World Centers. She has led various units, been a Community Guider and Administrative Community Leader in Ontario and organized many large camps and events, including the Alberta Council Arts Camp from 2017 – 2019.

After completing her degrees in business and education at Nipissing University, Jacqueline joined the workforce in the Financial Industry. She has spent the past 17 years in various roles within the product development, marketing, corporate communications and retail banking departments. She is currently District Manager of the Tangerine Retail Banking team in Alberta, where she oversees business development, day to day operations and sales, local marketing and community investment. Through her role she has also volunteered with Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta’s Company Program in 2017 and 2019. Jacqueline has also run her own business as a consultant with Thirty-One Gifts since 2014, providing clients with stylish home organization and personalised bags and totes.

Jacqueline grew up and spent most of her life in Ontario before relocating to Calgary in 2015 where she met her fiancée. They spend their spare time camping and off roading in various parts of Alberta; you’ll also find her with a camera or set of hiking poles as much as possible. During the colder months Jacqueline enjoys baking and spending time with her two dogs.

Amanda Farkash, Coordinator, Alberta Council Youth Forum


Amanda has been in the Guiding community for the past 3 years and is one of two Coordinators for the Alberta Council Youth Forum. She is passionate to work with the amazing Rangers who make up the Youth Forum. This group of brilliant minds are enthusiastic to help shape Guiding for future generations.

Amanda is a Stay at home mom of two lively girls. She moved from Ontario to a small town in Alberta where she was recruited to help the local Girl Guide units. Amanda currently works with Sparks, Pathfinders and Rangers in her community. She is a big advocate for girl empowerment and helping young minds reach their fullest potential. With the support of her extremely understanding husband she has spent many hours volunteering and has embraced everything Guiding means and stands for. Even though Amanda has only been in the Guiding world for 3 years, she has tons of experience working and shaping young minds. She coached gymnastics for many years and was a cheerleading coach in her hometown before she embarked on her adventure across country.

Before Amanda became a stay at home mom, she worked in a fasted paced environment as a traffic supervisor for a large trucking company in the Edmonton area where she eventually met her husband. When Amanda isn’t volunteering or doing something guiding related you can usually find her out and about exploring with her daughters.

Anita Roy


Cold Lake, AB

I joined the Alberta Council Youth Forum hoping to help enrich and promote Guiding in any way I can. I believe this is an amazing program that I am lucky to be a part of. Being chosen to be a member of the Alberta Council Youth Forum has enabled me to meet amazing people and develop my leadership skills as well as participate in new events and challenges.

This year is my 12th year as a Girl Guide and I have experienced many new things which have lead me to become the person I am today. I had the same two leaders from ages 6 to 13 and the majority of the same girls in my unit. Having long-term friends and strong women to look up to has helped me become a better, more confident person. Through these relationships, I learned the true meaning of loyalty and respect. When I moved to Cold Lake, I became willing to take on more responsibility and make my new small-town home a strong Guiding community by helping out in whatever way I can.

I have participated in various events, such as being a patrol shadow in Kwah-ee, a provincial camp in Nova Scotia, and white river rafting in the mountains in spring 2017. I am a Junior Leader with the Cold Lake Sparks and also helped lead a Brownie unit in Nova Scotia. I am part of my area's Trex group and often participate in a lot of activities with the Pathfinders of Cold Lake, due to the lack of Rangers. 

I have earned the Lady Baden Powell Award and the Canada Cord. I am working on my Bronze and Silver Chief Commissioner's Award as well as my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. I also have been nominated for the, 2018 Cold Lake Under 19 Women of Influence.

Outside of Guiding, I am on various sports teams including cross country, rugby, track and baseball. I love sports as well as working out and staying fit. I am part of my school's leadership club where I help out with different fundraisers. I am currently training to become a lifeguard and swimming instructor. As I have already completed my Bronze Star, Medallion and Cross, I only have to wait until I am 16-years-old until I can start applying for jobs. I am currently enrolled in a course to become a swimming instructor and I help teach swimming lessons every week. I enjoy camping, exploring, reading, listening to music and spending time with my family and friends.

Emily Hayes


Edmonton, AB

When I found out about the Alberta Council Youth Forum, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was eager to apply! I have learned that the Youth Forum is a great way to express your opinion on girl related topics and to have a say in aspects of the Guiding organization. I am getting new opportunities to develop my leadership skills and make new friends all over Alberta! I highly encourage Rangers to apply! The Youth Forum is an amazing team to be part of and a fantastic way to give back to the Guiding community that has given me so much.

I am in my 12th year of Guiding with the an Edmonton Ranger Unit. I started Guiding as a Spark and have never looked back! I was a junior Brownie leader for two years and fully enjoyed being, "Awesome Owl!" Seeing Guiding from the perspective of the young girls in my Brownie Unit was eye opening and it felt amazing to be a role model to them. I truly appreciate all the incredible and strong girls that I've met along the way who have inspired me to continue with Guiding.

Travelling is one of my favourite things to do and Girl Guides is a great way to explore the world with friends! I have participated in many camps such as Guiding Mosaic 2016, a week-long trip to Kananaskis and Calgary with my Pathfinder Unit in July 2017 and I am excited to travel to Peru with my Ranger Unit during spring break 2019.

I have earned my Lady Baden-Powell Award, Canada Cord and I am currently working on my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award and the Chief Commissioner's Award.

One of my favourite things to do is to play music. I started learning how to play the piano when I was seven-years-old and quickly developed a love for it. I currently play more than eight musical instruments including: piano, guitar, alto saxophone, mandolin, bass guitar, banjo, ukulele, the chord organ and I am an aspiring nyckelharpa player (an instrument only available in Sweden sadly). I am in the symphonic band at school and love the musical challenge it has given me. I also love to play music with my friends and I have found that it is a great way to get to know people!

Lucy Wolpert

Calgary, AB

I am excited to be a member of the Alberta Council Youth Forum! I wanted to be a voice for all Alberta Council Girl Guides, understand the inner workings of the organization and receive valuable leadership experience.

Guiding has been a big part of my life since I joined in Grade 5 as a second-year Guide. I have earned my Lady Baden-Powell Award and Canada Cord. One of my favorite things about Guiding is the wide variety of activities girls can experience. We can be at a board game café one night, backpacking camp the weekend after and then have our next meeting at an archery range! Some of my favorite Guiding experiences include a provincial camp at Sylvan Lake, a Harry Potter party, Nite Trek, going to see various local theatre productions, spring camp, unit book club and planning the district advancement ceremony – and I’m sure there will be many more to add to the list!

I am a competitive swimmer and I train five times a week in the pool to be in top shape to compete on a regular basis. I enjoy reading and writing, always with at least one book on the go. I write book reviews for the school newspaper and am also a devoted member of my school’s creative writing club. Theatre is another one of my interests. I take drama class, participate in Improv Club at school and help with costuming for the school play. I am bilingual in French and English and have performed theatre in both languages. Currently I am also working toward completing the Canadian Lifesaving Program in the hopes of becoming a lifeguard one day.

Skylar Johnson

Edmonton, AB

I joined Youth Forum to help give back to Guiding since it has given so much to me, including confidence, opportunities, and many amazing friends. I am also really interested in representing other girls, and providing that perspective to Alberta Council through Youth Forum.

I have been a member of Girl Guides since I was 5-years-old.  My babysitter brought me to Sparks for the first time where she was a junior leader. I enjoyed it so much that I’m now a Ranger, and a junior leader with a Spark Unit. 

There are many wonderful experiences I have had through Girl Guides, and have been encouraged to step outside of my comfort zone in the best way possible at every branch. When younger, I was super shy and didn’t like talking to adults. Cookie selling and participating in food bank drives were a challenge for me, but thanks to the gentle motivation of amazing Guiders, I got over my fear.

I have earned my Lady Baden Powell award, Canada Cord, Bronze Chief Commissioner’s award, and am currently working towards my Silver Trailblazer award and Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award.

Outside of Guiding, I love sports and participate in cross country running, swimming, basketball, and track and field. I am on Students’ Union, where I help plan, promote, and execute various events throughout the school year to build community.

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