Girls Can Do Trades Camp – Newspaper Submission

Despite the many programs in schools, colleges, and unions that seek to get more women to join the trades, the rates of women in trades have not changed since 2000. Guide Leader and Kootenay Area Public Relations adviser Anne Simonen was aware of these statistics, and reflecting on her own lack of exposure to such careers, organized a trades exploration camp for Pathfinders and Rangers.

The camp was held at Camp Rory — a perfect location for its size and facilities– and was attended by Pathfinders from Kelowna, Castlegar, and Nelson, and a Trex unit from Jaffray. On the camp’s first night, Dr. Marcia Braundy, one of the first women in BC’s Carpentry union, gave a talk about the challenges she faced pursuing a carpentry career, but who also gave valuable advice about being resilient and finding allies. After hearing her talk, Amelia Vernham from the Castlegar unit said she was inspired, saying: “Just because [people] don’t think we are capable doesn’t mean we can’t prove [them] wrong.”

Saturday, the Pathfinders completed hands-on projects relating to electrical, carpentry and metalsmithing trades, which were lead by mostly women tradespeople. Through the day they learned how to use the tools of each trade safely and about different career and training options. The camp had two metalsmiths,including one who is also a welder, who showed the attendees how to make a hook, an electrician who was also an engineer-in-training, who lead the attendees through a simple residential wiring exercise, a journeyman cabinetmaker, a civil engineering technologist, and a construction carpenter.

Not every attendee will pursue a trades career, but now they have met women role models in trades and technology, been empowered to look into non-traditional careers, and get practice working with common construction tools — a valuable skill regardless of any future career. Changing the story of women in trades will take more than a single Girl Guide camp, but for attendees, it might be the first step in changing their own stories.



OAL Module 8 – Adventure Camping

Attention All Guiders!

Are you interested in learning the skills required to take your girls Adventure Camping?

We are planning an Area OAL (Outdoor Adventure Leadership) Module 8 July 22- 24 in the Kootenays.

If you are interested in attending, please fill in the attached “Expression of Interest” form and return to Rachel Moore by May 24, 2016.

Kootenay OAL Module 8 Training 2016 EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Guider Gathering & Training

Guider Gathering & Training

Nelson, BC

April 23rd, 2016

9:00 am – 3:30 pm including lunch

Please join us for the Guider Gathering on April 23rd in the beautiful city of Nelson, on the shores of Kootenay Lake.  All Guiders in the Kootenay Area are welcome to attend.  GGC will pay for your expenses including hotel if needed (based on double occupancy), mileage and meals.

It will be a one day event at Blewett School (just outside Nelson) offering a variety of training including the travelling Program Road Show.  Information and Registration forms will be mailed out to each Guider from iMIS.  Deadline for registration is April 8th.  Any questions?  Please contact Shelley at

We will be ordering Jackets and T-shirts for the event so please indicate on the Registration form whether or not you are interested in buying one .  I will hopefully have an example to show you soon.  The jackets are between $50-60 and the t-shirts are between $15-20.


9:00     Meet and Greet

9:30     Conflict Management training for all

11:30   Travelling Road Show introduction for all

12:15   Lunch

1:00     Trainings available:

  • Travelling Program show continues
  • Financial Training
  • Camping skills
  • Building Unit Guider Skills
  • Getting Outside

3:30     Kootenay Area AGM (All Guiders welcome)

4:00     Kootenay Area Council meeting (Executive Council only)







Volunteer Position – BC Provincial Commissioner

Hello Guiders,

I am asking for your help as we embark on the search for a new Provincial Commissioner for BC Council. Dawnette Humphrey’s term as our leader will end in the spring. We need to find qualified, committed and willing candidates to stand for election at BC Council.

Please think about women (yourself included) who may fill this important position. If you have someone in mind, please encourage them to apply or forward their name and we will contact them.

It is easy, just follow the links:

Our timeline is short, so don’t delay. The deadline for applications is midnight October 20, 2015.

Please send your application by e-mail to and indicate “Application for Provincial Commissioner” in the subject line.

Thank you,
Donna Hillman
Chair, PC Nominations Committee