A Dunfermline woman who has helped thousands of girls to grow in confidence and realise their potential has received Girlguiding’s top honour for her outstanding service.

Sue Walker, a Unit Leader with 1st Limekilns Brownies and Girlguiding Scotland’s Lead Volunteer, received her Laurel Award in recognition of her outstanding service. She was presented with a specially-designed brooch by Girlguiding’s Deputy Chief Guide Sally Illsley.

Since joining as a Brownie age 7, Sue has shown a lifelong commitment to Girlguiding and, as an adult volunteer, has a passion for helping girls and young women to grow in confidence, discover their potential and make lifelong memories.

As a Leader with the 1st Limekilns Brownies Sue has supported hundreds of girls to enjoy new experiences, learn new skills and grow in confidence – whether helping them to achieve interest badges in everything from science to sport or taking girls on their first ever camping trip.

Sue also volunteered as County Commissioner for Fife, helping volunteers to offer fun and adventure to girls across the County, before stepping up to take on the role of Girlguiding Scotland’s Chief Commissioner, the charity’s Lead Volunteer.

As Chief Commissioner for the last five years, Sue has helped Girlguiding Scotland to grow and develop, welcoming in new volunteers to help ensure even more girls across the country can join in the fun and adventure to celebrating two unforgettable centenaries marking 100 years of Brownies and The Senior Section.

The Laurel Award is given to adult volunteers in recognition of outstanding service to guiding in the UK or any of Girlguiding’s international Branch Associations.

Sue said: “I was really touched – and completely surprised – to receive the Laurel Award. Over the last five years as Girlguiding Scotland’s Chief Commissioner, I’ve been privileged to work with a brilliant team of volunteers and staff to help make sure as many girls as possible can join in the fun and adventure of Girlguiding and benefit from all that we do.

There have been so many highlights from my time as a volunteer – from dancing and singing along with 8,000 girls at Girlguiding Scotland’s biggest ever TARTAN GIG, to stargazing with my Brownies at a special space-themed sleepover.

Since joining as a Brownie when I was 7 Girlguiding Scotland has given me so many opportunities to develop my own skills, take on new adventures and make life-long friendships – all while empowering girls and young women to do the same.”

Eileen Martin, Girlguiding Scotland Deputy Chief Commissioner, added: “It’s been a pleasure to work with Sue, as one of her Deputies, and see her enthusiasm for Girlguiding Scotland shine through. Sue has a true talent for bringing people together, for recognising their talents and supporting them to say yes to new challenges and achieve amazing things. Whether it’s having fun with her own Brownies or welcoming new volunteers– Sue’s dedication and passion are evident in everything she does and she’s hugely deserving of this honour.”

Sally Illsley, Girlguiding’s Deputy Chief Guide, added: “I was delighted to present Sue with her Laurel Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to guiding, at a local, Scottish and UK level. Sue’s passion for empowering girls to take the lead and reach for the stars is at the heart of what Girlguiding is all about. Her enthusiasm, dedication and boundless energy make Sue an inspiration to volunteers and girls alike.”

After five years’ dedicated service at Girlguiding Scotland’s Chief Commissioner Sue will be handing over the top role to new Chief Commissioner Moira McKenna in September.

Girlguiding Scotland is the leading charity for girls and young women in Scotland offering girls age 5 to 25 the chance to take part in a wide and varied programme, encompassing everything from outdoor adventure to social action, campaigning to international travel, arts, science, sports and international travel.

To find out how you can join the fun and adventure of Girlguiding Scotland – as a young member or an adult volunteer – visit www.girlguidingscotland.org.uk/get-involved




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About Girlguiding Scotland:

Girlguiding Scotland is the leading charity for girls and young women in Scotland, with 50,000 young members. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. We give them a space to have fun. Find out more at www.girlguidingscotland.org.uk