Girl Guides of Canada is an all-female organization which offers fun and adventure for adults and girls aged five to 17.
“We offer a welcome and inclusive environment which allows girls to explore what matters to them,” says Carolyn Cockam, District Commissioner, PEI and NB. “We also work in the community and partner with local organizations such as the Humane Society and STEAM PEI.
“At Girl Guides, girls can make friends, learn new skills, participate in activities, and explore new challenges. They choose what they want to do and then put their ideas into action. As a volunteer, you will help and support them to do that.”
The organization is currently looking for adult leaders for units in the areas of Charlottetown, Stratford, Cornwall, and across the Island to help deliver their fun and relevant program for Sparks, Brownies, and Guides groups.
- Sparks: ages 5-6
- Brownies: ages 7-8
- Guides: ages 9-11
- Pathfinders: ages 12-14
- Rangers: ages 15-17
Rewards to volunteering with Guiding
- Have a profound impact on girls in your community as you help them unleash their potential
- Develop highly transferrable and LinkedIn-worthy skills
- Connect with other amazing women as you volunteer together
- Have access to member-only training, special events and scholarships
Ways to volunteer
Most of the volunteers work with Girl Guide groups in their community, facilitating empowering, hands-on activities for girls. As a Unit Guider, you can spark extraordinary opportunities that help girls build skills and confidence – and have fun!
“You can give as little or as much time as you like,” says Carolyn. “You can share a special skill such as sewing or yoga in a couple of meetings, or you can be a leader and commit to about one to one and a half hours a week, plus planning time.”
Other volunteer opportunities that support Guiding could be assisting at special events or camps, serving as a Treasurer or a specialized adviser, or joining Link (up to age 30) or Trefoil Guild (women 30+).
Leaders undergo a screening process including a police record check and reference check.
“It is so rewarding to watch the girls’ confidence grow,” says Carolyn. “It is life changing to watch the girls develop skills that are highly valued in the workplace like communication, event planning and leadership.
“When I moved to PEI 15 years ago, I became involved with Girl Guides, and it has become my family on PEI.”