Queen’s birthday honour for Gordon volunteer

Heather Bisset
A Gordon County volunteer has been recognised for her outstanding service to guiding in the Queen’s birthday honours.

Heather Bisset, Vice President of Gordon County, was awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Heather started as a Brownie, age 8, and has had a lifetime of commitment to guiding; from offering girls and young women a wide range of opportunities like trips abroad and outdoor adventures, to helping them grow in confidence and achieve their full potential.

Some of Heather’s most memorable experiences include, travelling to World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts’ Chalet in Switzerland ten times! And taking a group of Guides to Greece for a 6-week international experience.

Heather said: “I’m extremely proud to receive this award. It was a huge surprise and I still can’t quite believe it.

“Volunteering for Girlguiding Scotland is such a rewarding experience and it’s been wonderful to work with so many girls and young women over the years and see the difference guiding makes to their lives.

“Guiding gives girls a space where they can be themselves, try new experiences, develop skills and, most of all, have fun.

“Volunteering with Girlguiding Scotland helped me to develop all sorts of skills – in particular, working in a team to achieve something amazing.”

Joyce Petrie, County Commissioner for Girlguiding in Gordon, said: “I want to say a huge thank you to Heather for the amazing contribution she has made to guiding over the years.

“She has endless energy and enthusiasm and is committed to helping each girl to find her voice by being positive, helpful and supportive.”