Bordertown Girl Guides group leader Phyllis Salmon was presented with the EMU award at last Friday’s ceremony.
Mrs Salmon received the award for her excellent service to Guiding at state, region, district and unit level.
Girl Guides South Australia were hosted at Government House by Governor Hieu Van Le and his wife Lan Le for the 2017 awards ceremony.
Mrs Le, who is the Patron of Girl Guides South Australia, presented awards to:
- 10 guides receiving their Queens Guide Award (the peak achievement award for youth members),
- 1 Olave member receiving her Olave Baden Powell Award,
- 1 staff member receiving an Asia Pacific Award, and
- 23 adult members receiving awards in recognition of the fantastic work they do with the girls, youth members and adult members of the association.
Mrs Salmon has been involved with the Girl Guides for over 47 years and has done a huge amount of work to see the continual success of the program in Bordertown and the South East.
Her citation at the ceremony read:
“Phyllis has made an outstanding contribution to Guiding in the Limestone Coast as a leader in local units, as Region Outdoors and Adventurous Activities Consultant and a Region manager.
“Phyllis brings a great knowledge and experience to her position as State Outdoor manager.
“Phyllis is a dedicated and enthusiastic Girl Guide leader, who has always encouraged Guides to enjoy camping and the outdoors.”
Girl Guides South Australia (GGSA) was established in 1919 and today it is the largest youth organisation for girls and young women in South Australia; with 2000 youth members and 500 volunteer Leaders and adult Members.
GGSA provide a non-formal education program that is dynamic, flexible and values-based. Girls and young women are fully supported in safe and friendly environments.
As it currently stands, Bordertown has just five Girl Guides, but Mrs Salmon is hopeful that more young girls will join the program.
“Empowering girls and young women has been our mission since Girl Guides was founded over 100 years ago and we continue to achieve this by helping girls reach their potential and be their best whatever their ability or background,” Mrs Salmon said.
The Bordertown group is involved in a wide variety of activities throughout their meetings including handcrafts, learning life skills and outdoor activities with the emphasis always being on fun.
Three of the Bordertown Girl Guides are set to be involved in the upcoming ‘Earth Keepers’ camp at Douglas Scrub near McLaren Vale. It is a camp that encourages girls to look after the environment, by being involved in fun and active scenarios.
The Bordertown branch of the Girl Guides meet every Monday from 4-6pm except public holidays and school holidays and only costs $5 per night.
Anyone interested in joining the Girl Guides can contact 8418 0900 for more information.