Nanaimo’s historical Bastion will be illuminated in blue light on Monday, Feb. 22 as part of the Girl Guides of Canada’s girl empowerment campaign. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo’s historical Bastion will be illuminated in blue light on Monday, Feb. 22 as part of the Girl Guides of Canada’s girl empowerment campaign. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo’s Bastion will be illuminated in blue to celebrate girl empowerment

Communities across B.C. turning on blue lights for Girl Guides of Canada campaign

A number of landmarks throughout B.C. will be lighted up in blue this week to celebrate Girl Guides and girl empowerment.

On Monday, Feb. 22, several sites in Nanaimo, including the Bastion, will be lit up with blue lights as part of the Guiding Lights Across B.C. campaign, according to a news release issued last week.

The event also marks World Thinking Day, the release notes – a “day of international friendship” which has often been celebrated by the Girl Guides.

“It is an opportunity to speak out on issues that affect girls and young women, celebrate the founding of Girl Guides, and be connected to the 10 million members around the world who are part of the Guiding movement,” the release notes.

In total, more than 90 B.C. landmarks – from stadiums and bridges to statues and buildings – will be lit up.

“Our Girl Guide members light up their communities all year round through leadership, community service, and efforts to create a better world, by girls,” said Diamond Isinger, provincial commissioner of the Girl Guides of Canada. “Despite the challenges of COVID-19, thousands of B.C. girls have stayed connected with online Girl Guide meetings, live virtual events, and safe outdoor activities.”

Now more than ever, Isinger said, it’s important for girls to develop relationships and make connections within their communities.

“Guiding Lights Across B.C. is an exciting opportunity to celebrate how girls have kept their ‘guiding lights’ shining bright in unprecedented times,” she said.

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