Youth Forum

The Ontario and Nunavut Youth Forum consists of up to 11 girl members that are between 14-17 years of age from across Ontario and Nunavut. Youth Forum members apply to participate and are selected to provide input to Ontario Council. They are ambassadors in Ontario and may represent girl members in the media or at Guiding events. Youth Forum members are encouraged to take on projects, join committees and be engaged and involved in Ontario and Nunavut Guiding!

To reach the Youth Forum, contact the Youth Forum Coordinator at on-girlforum@girlguides.ca.

Invite a Youth Forum member to your virtual or in-person (as regulations allow) event! Complete the Invitation Request form.

Frequently asked questions about Youth Forum

Meet the 2021-2022 Youth Forum

Katie Y.

"Hi! My name is Katie, and I’m so excited to be back for my second year on Youth Forum! I’m in my first year of Rangers and my ninth year in Guiding. I live in Nunavut, I’m fifteen years old, and I’m in Grade 10. My favourite things about Guiding are developing new interests and skills, making friends from across the country (and sometimes the world), giving back to my community, and taking on leadership roles! Along with Guiding, I love science (especially biology and ecology), various arts including writing, illustration, video production, and music, being outdoors, and skiing in the winter! I’m also very passionate about the environment and racial justice. I worked as an intern at WWF-Canada this summer, I’m part of the UNICEF Canada Youth Advocacy Program, and I’ve been an air cadet with our local squadron for the past three years. I loved being a member of Youth Forum during my first term, and I can’t wait to see what we'll accomplish this year!"

Charlotte O..

Charlotte O.

“Hi! My name is Charlotte, I am 15 years old and in grade 10. I live in Ontario, and I am in my 1st year of Rangers. This is my second year on Youth Forum. I've been in guiding for 10 years, since Sparks! I am very passionate about advocating concerning climate change, and equality. I'm excited to continue to work together with other girls to try to effect change. My hobbies include musical theatre, sailing, and horseback riding. I am a mentor in my choir, the Canadian Children's Opera Company, and I really enjoy working with the younger kids. In 2016, our choir went on tour to Europe to promote awareness for holocaust remembrance. The tour was an amazing and intense experience. I think the youth forum is such an important thing, and I am excited to continue representing girls in Guiding!”

Kahlan K.

Kahlan K.

"Hi! My name is Kahlan, I'm a 3rd year Ranger from Northern Ontario. I've been in Guides since my first year of Sparks, and have had amazing opportunities like international travel and community outreach throughout my guiding career. I love visual art and am going into my final year of a specialized art major in high school. After high school, I plan to go into computer science. I'm very passionate about social justice, especially for homeless people and LGBT people on the street, and am actively volunteering with organizations to combat this. I'm grateful to be able to bring my perspective to the council and work with other youth to make our voices heard."

Rachel M.

Rachel M.

“Hi! My name is Rachel, I am a second-year Ranger with 9 years of experience in Guiding. I am a Girl Guide through and through! I love bridging activities with other units, planning camping adventures, getting to know fellow Girl Guides, selling cookies, and going on international Girl Guide trips. Outside of Guiding, I am a grade 11 student that loves maths and sciences, an avid tuba player in my school's concert band and in the Hannaford Youth brass band, and a consistent advocate in my school community. I love listening to music and you will find me dancing or singing along to my latest favourite song at all times of the day. I can't wait to work with the other Youth Forum members to create inclusive spaces and opportunities in Girl Guides!”

Lauren S.

Lauren S.

“Hi, my name is Lauren and this is my first year on Youth Forum! I joined Girl Guides as a Brownie, so this will be my 9th year of guiding. I am currently a second year Ranger in Ontario. I love getting together with my unit to go camping, hiking and earn crests. In my free time I also enjoy reading, baking, and geocaching. I am currently working towards my silver Duke of Ed. I am so excited to be on Youth Forum this year and I am looking forward to making Guiding an even greater experience!”

Mara S.

Mara

"Hey Everyone! My name is Mara and I’m super excited to be coming back for a second year on Forum. I’m looking forward to being a part of this year's council and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be representing youth all across Ontario and Nunavut! I am in grade 11 and this will be my twelfth year in guiding! In my spare time, you can likely find me playing sports or doing anything active! I ski race competitively, play field hockey, surf and row for my high school! I also love playing the drums and spending time with my pet bird. Through guiding, I have learned a lot of valuable skills and have benefited from all the wonderful people I have met. I can’t wait to see our ideas come to life this year!"

Rachel A.

Rachel

“Hi! My name is Rachel and I’m a 14-year-old from Ontario. I’ve been guiding since I was seven and am now starting my third year of Pathfinders. My favourite part of guiding is the friendships gained from the group activities and camping adventures. I can always go to Pathfinders knowing I’ll be greeted with friendly faces. Outside of Guiding, I’m a competitive swimmer. I love travelling and trying new things. During the pandemic, my siblings and I started an online clothing business for kids and teenagers. In my free time I love to draw, bake, and crochet. I’m so excited to be starting my first year on Youth Forum!”

Sara C.

Sara C.

“Hey, I’m Sara, but you might know me as Bubbles if we have met before at a guiding event. I am 15 years old and will be in grade 10 this year. I am starting my first year in Rangers and my first year on the Youth Forum. In my 11 years of guiding I have learned many skills ranging from how to survive a winter tent camp to what makes the perfect s’more, but most important of all I have learned leadership skills. Working with younger branches and giving back to my community are just two of the things I love most about being a Girl Guide. In school, my favourite subjects are math and science. I like all the challenging puzzles, solving problems and finding the best way to balance an equation. When I am not guiding or studying, I love to swim and escape to other worlds by reading. I am incredibly excited to be on the Ontario and Nunavut Youth Forum and to see what else is in store for this guiding year!”

Neha D.

Neha D.

"Hi! My name is Neha! I am 14 years old, in Gr.9, living in Ontario, and in my 3rd year of pathfinders. I have been guiding for the past 7 years, since Brownies. I am proud of my Indian Heritage and love giving back to my community. Associated with another social activist group (PAC) who's primary vision is developing the Indian Education System and promoting the importance of education, I have funded about 50 rural kids with the opportunity to go to school. I have also had the privilege of serving as a Legislative Page and meeting many political officials during my term at Queens Park! Throughout my guiding years I have built many friendships, and have been a part of the various initiatives that my unit has taken on. I have earned the Lady Baden-Powell Award in Guides and am currently working towards earning the Canada Cord as well. I love going camping, playing volleyball, and riding roller coasters! I am very excited to share my ideas and represent girls in Guiding throughout Ontario and Nunavut!"

Priyanka C.

Priyanka C.

“Hi, my name is Priyanka. I am a third year Ranger from southern Ontario and this will be my first year on Youth Forum. I have been a Girl Guide for over 10 years and want to make sure all guides get to feel a sense of belonging and have the opportunity to celebrate themselves. I also happen to be a High Performance Athlete which has taught me a lot about the importance of teamwork and building a positive culture where people are encouraged to keep growing. Aside from sports and guiding, you can find me spending my time with a book (I'm always looking for recommendations) or with friends and family. I am super excited to be joining such a great group of individuals and represent Guiding in Ontario and Nunavut.”

Allison M.

Allison M

"Hey, my name is Allison :) I am 17 years old, live in Southern Ontario and am in my third year of Rangers! I have been in Girl Guides since my second year of Brownies (almost 10 years) and have loved making guiding friends, volunteering in my community, and taking on cool guiding projects! I’ve run several community initiatives, including a food drive with a local food bank in which I raised several hundred pounds of food to fight food insecurity during the Covid-19 pandemic. I am currently working towards my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award and am the proud recipient of the Canada Cord and the Silver Trailblazer Leadership Award. In my free time I love to go on runs, cook up a storm, play musical instruments (flute & piano), and do anything in the outdoors! I am extremely proud to represent Girl Guiders across Ontario and Nunavut, and can’t wait for an amazing year on Youth Forum!"

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