Edinburgh volunteer honoured for outstanding service to guiding

An Edinburgh woman has been honoured for her outstanding service to Girlguiding Scotland with the prestigious Laurel Award.

Margaret Winter, a Leader with the 215th Edinburgh Rainbows and Scottish Guiding Development Adviser, was presented with a specially-designed brooch in honour of her dedication to guiding by Girlguiding Scotland’s Chief Commissioner, Sue Walker, at Girlguiding Edinburgh’s Annual Review.

Margaret brings warmth, enthusiasm and a lively sense of humour to everything she does and has been involved in a number of projects with Girlguiding Scotland. She is dedicated to grow guiding and has been involved with promoting links between Girlguiding Scotland and a number of external organisations including the Scottish Qualification Authority, Scottish Gas, Women’s History Society and the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.

Margaret, who joined Girlguiding Scotland as an Assistant Leader for the 162nd Edinburgh Guides in 1976, is very passionate about guiding and a huge inspiration to girls and Leaders everywhere. As a former Girlguiding Edinburgh County Commissioner she has helped develop the profile of guiding in Edinburgh through fostering excellent relationships with the Lord Provost, Councillors and Edinburgh City Council.

Margaret said: “I was delighted, hugely honoured and completely surprised to receive the Laurel Award at the Edinburgh Annual Review – although it is an individual award, it’s also a tribute to all the brilliant teams I have worked with in my District, Division, County and within Girlguiding Scotland.”

Sue Walker, Scottish Chief Commissioner, said: “I was delighted to present Margaret Winter with her very well deserved Laurel Award. We are fortunate at Girlguiding Scotland to have so many dedicated volunteers who give their time and enthusiasm to offer girls fun, friendship, adventure and amazing opportunities.

“It is a great pleasure to recognise the outstanding service to guiding given by Margaret. She brings energy, enthusiasm and common sense to everything she does and actively seeks out new avenues and partnerships to be able to offer even more opportunities to our members. It’s truly a pleasure volunteering with Margaret.”

Girlguiding Scotland is all about having fun with friends and trying new things, whether it’s camping, abseiling or adventures abroad – if you want to get involved we’d love to hear from you. Find out more on www.girlguidingscotland.org.uk.