Members of the 2nd Chase River Brownies Girl Guides show off items for trading during the Rally at the Shores event at Beban Park on Sunday, May 26. The one-day event brought together more than 1,000 Girl Guides from across B.C. (Nicholas Pescod/NEWS BULLETIN)

Nanaimo event brings together more than 1,000 Girl Guides

Rally on the Shores event designed to create new friendships

On a hot afternoon, hundreds of Girl Guides from across the province found themselves in the Harbour City trading souvenirs and making new friends.

Around 1,300 Girl Guides were at Beban Park on Sunday, where they made and swapped crafts, traded pins and crests and sang songs.

Sunday’s activities were all part of Girl Guides of Canada annual Rally on the Shores event, which brings Guides from across British Columbia together.

“Events like this are terrific because they bring together girls ages 5 to 18 plus as well as adults. They can connect, have fun and make new friends,” said Diamond Isinger, Girl Guides Canada B.C. commissioner.

Rally on the Shores has been held for the past five years in the Fraser Valley; this is the first year it has taken place on Vancouver Island.

Isinger, who has been with Girl Guides in some capacity since she was five, said she was pleased with how the event had gone. She said guide events like Rally on the Shores are also a great way for the girls to build confidence and can have a lasting impact.

“I was very lucky to attend lots of events like this as a Girl Guide member,” Isinger said. “Events like this inspired me to get involved my whole life because you meet incredible people, you stay connected and you get to go on incredible adventures.”

Representatives from B.C. SCPA, the Nanaimo RCMP and Nanaimo SAR were also on hand to talk to the girls about potential career opportunities and participate in trading.

Nanaimo RCMP Insp. Lisa Fletcher, who was on hand during the event, said a number of officers were Girl Guides when they were younger.

“A lot of our female members have been guides at one point in their life,” she said. “Because it is about service, the outdoors, activities, volunteering and the leadership pieces within guiding, it fits nicely within the policing realm.”

For Alexis Adrian, a nine-year-old guide, the best part about Rally on the Shores was being able to trade items with girls from other units and her favourite item was a little mouse made out of an acorn.

Since Girl Guides of Canada was founded in 1910, more than seven million girls and women have been involved with the organization. Girl Guides is open to girls between 5-18. There are also opportunities for women over 18.

Morgan Gaudet and Jaden Grey, both junior leaders from Nanaimo who each have more than 500 volunteer hours, said being involved with Girl Guides has been an empowering experience that has improved their confidence and helped them grow as individuals.

“Girl Guides to me, is something really special that has given me lots of opportunities in life,” Gaudet said, adding that she’s travelled to Ontario and Europe as member of Girl Guides. “The reason I’m a junior leader is to give these girls the same opportunities I had.”

“Girl Guides has given me a sense of leadership, especially working with the girls. I can now go out and lead a meeting and my confidence level has also grown,” Grey added.







nicholas.pescod@nanaimobulletin.com 
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Police in Nanaimo hope the public can help find Ovidiu Bezdan, wanted for mischief and assault. (Photo submitted)
Nanaimo man wanted for throwing merchandise at convenience store clerk

Police in Nanaimo hope public can help find Ovidiu Bezdan, wanted for assault and mischief

Mariah Charleson, Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council vice-president, left, was among those voicing support for Mi’kmaq lobster harvesters in Nova Scotia that are seeing their catch dumped and taken and property damaged. A solidarity rally was held at Maffeo Sutton Park on Oct. 22. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)
Solidarity rally in Nanaimo sees support for Mi’kmaq lobster fishers

Indigenous people and supporters gather at Maffeo Sutton Park Thursday

News Bulletin letter
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Medically assisted dying bill doesn’t ensure choice

Under the proposals in Bill C-7 my wishes will, in all likelihood, be ignored, says letter writer

An arrest warrant has been issued for Chance Nichol, 26, of Nanaimo, who failed to appear in court to face a break-and-enter charge. (Photo submitted)
Nanaimo man with ‘Harewood’ tattoo wanted to face break-and-enter charge

Arrest warrant issued after Chance Nichol failed to appear for court date

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools is looking to again apply for Childcare B.C. New Spaces Fund money. If approved, Uplands Park Elementary School could be a potential childcare site, suggests a staff report. (News Bulletin file)
Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district looks to apply for more child care spaces

SD68 approved for Childcare B.C. New Spaces Fund money earlier in 2020

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry gives a daily briefing on COVID-19 cases at an almost empty B.C. Legislature press theatre in Victoria, B.C., on March 25, 2020. (Don Craig/B.C. government)
B.C. sees 223 new COVID-19 cases, now 2,009 active

Two new care home outbreaks in Surrey, Burnaby

Candidates in the Nanaimo riding include Kathleen Jones, B.C. Liberal Party, top left; Sheila Malcolmson, NDP; Lia Versaevel, Green Party. (Photos submitted/News Bulletin photo/Elections B.C. image)
B.C. VOTES 2020: Nanaimo candidates

Provincial election candidates discuss their priorities in their own words

Candidates in the Nanaimo-North Cowichan riding include Chris Istace, B.C. Green Party, top left; Duck Paterson, B.C. Liberals; and Doug Routley, NDP. (Photos submitted/Elections B.C. image)
B.C. VOTES 2020: Nanaimo-North Cowichan candidates

Provincial election candidates discuss their priorities in their own words

Candidates in the Parksville-Qualicum riding include Rob Lyon, B.C. Green Party, top left; Don Purdey, Conservatives; John St. John, independent; Michelle Stilwell, B.C. Liberals; and Adam Walker, B.C. NDP. (Photos submitted/Elections B.C. image)
B.C. VOTES 2020: Parksville-Qualicum candidates

Provincial election candidates discuss their priorities in their own words

Two men were stranded on Snake Island after their small boat was blown away by strong winds Wednesday. (News Bulletin file photo)
Boat blows away, stranding fishermen on Snake Island in the strait near Nanaimo

Marine search and rescue team picked up men on windy afternoon Wednesday

A Le Chateau retail store is shown in Montreal on Wednesday July 13, 2016. Le Chateau Inc. says it is seeking court protection from creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act to allow it to liquidate its assets and wind down its operations.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Clothing retailer Le Chateau plans to close its doors, files for CCAA protection

Le Chateau said it intends to remain fully operational as it liquidates its 123 stores

100 Mile Conservation officer Joel Kline gingerly holds an injured but very much alive bald eagle after extracting him from a motorist’s minivan. (Photo submitted)
B.C. driver thought he retrieved a dead bald eagle – until it came to life in his backseat

The driver believed the bird to be dead and not unconscious as it turned out to be

Chastity Davis-Alphonse took the time to vote on Oct. 21. B.C’s general Election Day is Saturday, Oct. 24. (Chastity Davis-Alphonse Facebook photo)
B.C. reconciliation advocate encourages Indigenous women to vote in provincial election

Through the power of voice and education Chastity Davis-Alphonse is hopeful for change

Most Read