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 2019

Alberta Council Youth Forum Expectations

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

Noreen Remtulla, Coordinator, Alberta Council Youth Forum

Noreen

Edmonton, AB

Noreen Remtulla has been part of Girl Guides of Canada since she was a Spark and is the Coordinator for the Alberta Council Youth Forum. She is honoured to lead an intelligent and talented group of Rangers who are all keen on making Girl Guides the greatest place to be! The possibilities are endless when the Alberta Council Youth Forum come together as a powerforce to ensure all Girl Guides truly experience the value of Guiding.

Noreen is part of the editorial committee for Canadian Guider and has held positions as the Public Relations advisor for Edmonton Area Girl Guides, Commissioner for the Ismaili Girl Guides in Edmonton as well as a Unit Leader for all levels of Guiding. 

Girl Guides has provided Noreen with countless public speaking opportunities. These include: delivering a keynote address to the delegates and future political leaders at the 2018 Alberta Girls Parliament, emceeing the 2017 National Conference, Ignite. Inspire. Innovate. in Toronto, being the honourary speaker at the 2016 Alberta Council AGM, motivational speaker at the 2015 Edmonton Area Girl Awards.

Travelling the globe is also one of Noreen's many passions. She conquered Mount Kilimanjaro in 2014, walked the Great Wall of China in 2013, and spent an entire month in Ukraine with Rotary International, where she found a statue of Lord Baden Powell and connected with a local PLAST troop. In 2011, Noreen represented WAGGGS in Cape Verde, West Africa at the 3rd African University on Youth Development.

Noreen has experience both in-front and behind the camera and has worked in the broadcast, entertainment, healthcare, law enforcement and municipal government in Toronto and Edmonton.

Professionally, Noreen is the supervisor of Internal Communications for the City of Edmonton and was previously a spokesperson for the Edmonton Police Service. She has extensive experience in media relations, strategic communications, employee engagement and public educational campaigns.

Avenue Magazine named Noreen as one of Edmonton's Top 40 Under 40 in 2014 for her work in the community with the Edmonton Police Service, the Ismaili Muslim Community, Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board and of course, Girl Guides of Canada.

Regan Coyne, Adult Committee Member

Edmonton, AB

Regan Coyne has been in guiding for more than 16 years as a Brownie, Guide, Pathfinder and is now a Guider with Rangers. She has also taken on various roles within Edmonton Area as the International Advisor and Coordinator for Light the Bridge, an annual Thinking Day celebration.

Nationally, Regan contributed to the new Link program and has volunteered as Core Crew at Guiding Mosaic 2016. Provincially, she helps train the OAL Adventure stream and is excited to help the Alberta Council Youth Forum embody youth leadership and bring their voice to Alberta Council's projects!

In her spare time, Regan is an avid traveller, having volunteered at Pax Lodge, visited Our Chalet and been at Tare/Community Programme volunteer at Sangam. She has her eyes set on ticking Our Cabana and Kusafiri off the World Centre bucket list too! Regan loves to camp and hike throughout Alberta and British Columbia with her family.

Regan discovered her passion for leadership development through Guiding and has used the experiences she has had to develop her leadership skills to better her community. Regan was the recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Citizenship Award in 2011 for her work in student leadership and provincial politics. Within Guiding, she has earned the Canada Cord, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards, various TEAM awards, Bronze Unit Guider and Bronze Merit Awards. 

Alyssa Gutowski

Okotoks, AB

As a member of the Alberta Council Youth Forum, I’m excited to share ideas and meet new people. I’m looking forward to using the Youth Forum as learning experience, and a way to improve my leadership skills. I recommend joining if you want an opportunity to exchange thoughts and help out in the Guiding community.

I’ve been in Guiding for 11 years, starting as a Spark and continuing on into Rangers. I am a returning junior leader for a Spark Unit in my area. In the summer of 2019, I will travel to the East Coast of Canada with a fellow Rangers and Pathfinders I’ve come to know over the years. Girl Guides continues to be a fun way to stay connected with friends I’ve met and a way to meet new ones!

I’ve received my Lady Baden Powell award and my Canada Cord. Now, I am currently working on my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, and can’t wait to complete it.

Outside of Guiding, I have multiple interests and goals one of which is becoming a Guide leader in my community. In recent years, I had been a part of my school’s leadership group, and was the recipient of the 2015 Leaders of Tomorrow Award from the Town of Okotoks and received the Citizenship Award from my school.

Currently, I am heavily involved in the Guiding community and a volunteer at Heaven Can Wait, shelter in High River, AB, that looks after mainly cats and dogs. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, listening to music and painting.

Anita Roy

Anita

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

Emily

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.

Sydney Pendersen

Calgary, AB

Guiding has been one of the best things in my life and being part of the Alberta Council Youth Forum has made my experience ten times more amazing! I'm in my fifth year of Guiding, joining when I was 12-years-old. I achieved my Canada Cord and am currently working towards my Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Guiding is just one of my passions! I danced for nine years, practicing tap, jazz, ballet, acro and hip hop. I also have a love for football. I started playing when I was 13-years-old. By the end of my first season, my team was division two provincial champions! I now play football with Calgary Woman's Rage Football Team. I also play rugby at High School.

I look forward to making new memories and friendships with all that I do!

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