On the 12th of September 2015 our County Commissioners accompanied six of our amazing Leaders to the Region's Compass Award celebrations. These Leaders were nominated by their peers for the award because of the great Guiding they are delivering to girls and the support they offer to other Leaders in many, many ways.
Claire has been a Leader since 2001. During that time she has been a Rainbow Leader, a District Secretary and District Commissioner for Stroud Town District. Currently Claire is a Brownie Leader, Division Section Adviser, ID Verifier and District Administrator. Claire is also a Mentor for new Leaders.
Claire runs a popular Brownie Unit which enjoys a wide range of fun and meaningful activities. In 2014 Claire organised the Division Big Brownie Birthday trip; this was a hugely enjoyable event for all the Brownies and Leaders in the Division. Claire is also supporting a Rainbow Unit that was at risk of closing.
Claire is an excellent role model for Guiding. Her mentoring skills that she uses with Leaders going through both the Leadership Qualification and the Going Away Licence are so supportive and encouraging. She is a huge asset to both the District and Division. Claire is certainly deserving of this award to recognise her commitment and dedication to Guiding.
Kate has been a Leader for 18 years. Kate was a Brownie Leader and is currently a District Commissioner and Rainbow Leader in Gloucestershire County. Kate is also responsible at Division level for the allocation of new Leaders and is a Mentor.
Kate has always provided solid and helpful advice when faced with unit level challenges. Kate knows exactly what is needed in each unit to ensure that there is good Guiding practice in place. She regularly supports the Leaders to achieve what is necessary to ensure quality Guiding is provided for all the girls. Kate willingly takes on new initiatives and somehow manages to get all the Leaders on board, even the most reticent.
Kate inspires Leaders in the District to move forward with Guiding, She always finds the time to help and support others. Kate has the girl’s best interests at heart and brings the District together by putting on District events and encouraging newer Leaders to help organise these events. She was strongly recommended for this award.
Susan has been a Leader in Gloucestershire for over 35 years. During that time she has always worked with the Brownie Section but currently holds the additional roles of Division Outdoor Activities Adviser and County Adviser. Susan has also been a District Commissioner.
Susan works with Brownies in one of the more deprived areas of the County and works extremely hard to ensure the girls have a varied and enriching Brownie Programme. Susan sees each girl as an individual and provides them all with experiences and opportunities for personal growth. Susan works tirelessly in Inclusion and ensures that all girls and adults are included in all activities from holidays to roller skating. In her role as an Inclusion Adviser Susan works hard on educating all Leaders to ensure all girls are included.
Susan is a very committed Leader, she has dedicated years to ensuring the girls that she has in her Brownie Unit gain an excellent Guiding experience. Alongside this Susan works hard to support both local and County Guiding in any way she can and is definitely deserving of this award.
Margaret (Ann) Bailey
Ann has been a Leader for nearly 40 years. During that time she has been a Senior Section Leader, Brownie Leader, District Administrator and Division ID Verifier. Currently Ann is also a District Commissioner for Pitville District in Cheltenham Division.
Ann runs a very successful Brownie unit where her programme is varied and excellent in quality. Ann supports all her Brownies in a very caring way and was involved in planning events for the Brownie Birthday in the Division, which were extremely successful.
Ann’s unique contribution to Guiding is however demonstrated in her role of organising the placement of students into local units. Ann liaises with all the Division units to find out who needs help. She attends the Fresher’s Fayre to advertise Guiding and speak to students that may be interested in helping with Guiding whilst at University and co-ordinates the placement into units.
Ann is very keen to support the Growing Guiding initiative and her work with the students is one way of showing this. Ann’s tireless commitment to Guiding across the whole Division and producing Leaders for the future has resulted in many units getting the additional help they need to enable them to flourish.
Louise has been a Leader in Nailsworth Valley District for 20 years. During that time Louise has been a District Commissioner and worked with all sections of Guiding. Louise is currently a Leader of Rainbows, Guides and Senior Section as well as being a District Assistant.
Louise works tirelessly for Guiding. She was running a successful and full Guide unit when the need arose for a Rainbow unit; Louise stepped in and opened a Rainbow unit and a few years later a Senior Section Unit as well.
Louise’s units are always near capacity and the girls enjoy weekly meetings, trips out, residential experiences, fundraising activities as well as supporting District events.
Louise is an active member of the Church as well as working full time, coping with a family, and helping elderly neighbours.
Louise is inspiring with the tireless energy and time that she gives to Guiding and others in her life. She is unflappable whether it comes to coping with a wood fire in the woods to doing teas at the local church. Louise offers huge support for others and has kept in contact with a local Leader who has been in hospital long term, with regular visits to take her out for a change of scenery. Louise is passionate about the ethos of Guiding which runs through everything she does and she is thoroughly deserving of this award.
Lorraine has been a Leader for 20 years in Girlguiding Gloucestershire and has always run a Brownie Unit. Lorraine has also run a Rainbow unit for the past 9 years and is a Division Mentor.
Lorraine runs both Brownies and Rainbows every week with a full programme of activities for the girls. Lorraine organises regular trips, residential experiences and visits. The girls come from an area where fundraising is often needed, so this is also part of Lorraine’s many talents ensuring that girls do not miss out on the opportunities offered. Her caring manner and individual attention to each girl ensures they have the opportunities they need for personal growth. During a period of health problems she continued to support the other Leaders in the unit and even attended a residential with bandaged feet!
Lorraine is a selfless and caring person and puts the needs of others before her own. Lorraine mentors and supports new Leaders encouraging them to take on roles that they are comfortable with. Lorraine has an unwavering commitment to Girlguiding and richly deserves this award.
For more information on who may be eligible and how to nominate someone for a Compass Award, visit the South West Region website.
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