House debates

Monday, 2 May 2016

Statements by Members

Girl Guides Australia

1:39 pm

Photo of Cathy McGowanCathy McGowan (Indi, Independent) Share this | | Hansard source

I would like to congratulate Monak Guides 3rd Wangaratta for their first 60 years of service. I am very proud to be a guiding ambassador for the Hume region, supporting and promoting guiding, enabling girls and young women to grow into confident, self-respecting, responsible community members. On Friday night it was my absolute pleasure to experience guiding in action in Wangaratta. From Joelle Everingham and Jess Lewis, the MCs, to the colour bearers and escorts—Olivia McDonald, Zoe Goodger and Giverny O'Bryan—I offer my congratulations. The candles were lit and extinguished by Elle Brendel and Emily Doig. Thank you for your lovely work. The poem was read beautifully by Pipa Sanderson.

I would also like to acknowledge the founding work of Mary Sadler and Melda Broadcribb, who was present on the night. Thank you very much for being with us. The leaders make it all possible—Alex Lewis, Rebecca Card and Louise McDonald. The district manager, Stephanie Goodger, was also present on the night.

I say to the young women of Wangaratta: 'Be involved in Guides. Go the whole way. Get your Queen's and get your Baden-Powell badge and then proudly take your place as leaders in our community.' I am so proud to be your ambassador in this place. I am so proud to let this House know of the excellent work of guiding in Wangaratta. Thank you for all you do for our community.