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.

2018-2019 Application

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. 

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!

Hannah Underdown

Hannah

Cold Lake, AB

I wanted to join the Youth Forum to make a difference in Guiding and help the Youth Forum out in any way I could. I was very excited when I got accepted into the Youth Forum and it has been everything I hoped it would be! It is full of smart, kind people who care about the future of Guiding. If this sounds like you then I would recommend joining the Alberta Council Youth Forum.

I have been in Girl Guides for 9 years. I started in Brownies when I was 7, and am currently a first year Ranger in Cold Lake, Alberta. I also volunteer as a Jr. Leader with the local Brownie Unit.

My Guiding experience has been great and I am very thankful for all the skills and experiences it has given me. Guiding has always given me a lot of opportunities for giving back to the community and doing volunteer work. Volunteering has always been my favorite part of Guiding. When I was in Brownies I participated in an event called, "Walk for Hunger" where we would go door-to-door collecting non-perishable food items for the local food bank. It was one of the best experiences I've had in Guiding and it taught me how important it is to volunteer and give back to the community. I participated in every, "Walk for Hunger" after that until my first year of Guides when we moved. This year, I am planning a "Walk for Hunger" in Cold Lake as my Ranger Service Project and am very excited for it.

I am currently working towards my Bronze Chief Commissioner's award, and am close to completing it! I am also working my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award outside of Guiding. I look forward to completing these challenges.

Outside of Guiding, I am involved in our Leadership group at school, Drama club, and

H.O.P.E club (Helping Out People Everywhere). Leadership is a lot of fun. We get to make the school calendars, plan pep rallies, plan spirit days and events, invite guest speakers to the school, and design all the bulletin boards in the school. In Drama we are doing a play about pirates which is really fun. In H.O.P.E we are working towards raising enough money to build a children's hospitable in Saskatchewan, which is an amazing thing to be a part of. I am also learning how to play the piano, which is a lot of fun. I can play a couple of songs so far and am working on being able to play with two hands. When I'm not at meetings, doing homework, studying, or babysitting my two adorable younger siblings and my nephew, I like to spend my time watching TV, reading books, hanging out with friends, or listening to music.

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