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.

Carol Morwood, a Unit Leader with 198A Edinburgh Guides, was presented with a specially-designed brooch in honour of her dedication to guiding by Girlguiding Scotland’s Deputy Chief Commissioner, Eileen Martin on Friday 13 June 2015.

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.

Carol has had a lifetime of commitment to guiding, from helping Guides grow in confidence achieve their full potential and training Girlguiding Scotland volunteers, to organising yearly camps and training and supporting girls and Leaders in Ghana to help them move forward and develop their own more up to date programmes.

Carol, who is also joint chair for Girlguiding Scotland’s Adult Support Committee, said: “I was very surprised and honoured to receive the Laurel Award and I share it with all the Leaders I have worked with over the years on various teams.

“I truly believe it is a team effort in guiding and we all support and help each other.
“I was delighted that my Guides were there at the presentation as the most important part of my job is to support them to grow and develop and to achieve their full potential.”

Sue Walker, Scottish Chief Commissioner, said: “I am delighted to see Carol Morwood being recognised for her outstanding service to guiding.

“Carol is a Leader who never says no – she will consider a proposal and if she thinks it will be good for guiding, she will put her heart and soul into it.

“She is above all a Guide Leader – she has taken on many roles over the years, and has contributed to guiding at both county and national level, but her Guide unit is and always has been the most important role for Carol.”