Mid Calder volunteer honoured for outstanding service to guiding

A Mid Calder woman has been honoured for her outstanding service to Girlguiding Scotland with the prestigious Laurel Award.

Alison Ashford, an Assistant Rainbow Leader in 2nd Mid Calder Rainbows and President of Girlguiding West Lothian, was presented with a specially-designed brooch in honour of her dedication to guiding by Girlguiding Scotland’s Chief Commissioner, Sue Walker, at Girlguiding West Lothian’s Annual Event on Wednesday 27 May 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.

As well as being a Rainbow Leader and West Lothian President, Alison is involved with Girlguiding’s West Lothian Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions and is a great support to volunteers in Mid Calder as an Adult Leadership Qualification mentor.

Alison has had a lifetime of commitment to guiding, from giving Brownies the chance to sleep out in tents for the first time to gaining her outdoor qualifications in Lifesaving and organising activities like white-water rafting and archery giving girls and adults in guiding lots of exciting opportunities.

Alison said: “It is an honour and a privilege to receive the Laurel Award.

“I have been lucky enough throughout my guiding career to have been given so many amazing opportunities, which I have then been able to share with girls and Leaders in guiding.

“I carried the Baton of Opportunity on behalf of Girlguiding and now pass it onto others.

“So grasp all opportunities that come your way – you never know where it will take you.”

Sue Walker, Scottish Chief Commissioner, said: “I was delighted to present Alison Ashford with her very well deserved Laurel award just before Volunteer Week 2015 – an annual event which celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK.

“Alison has been a leading light in Girlguiding West Lothian and has specialised for many years in making adventure happen for girls, from camping for Brownies to white water rafting, she has been the one to make it happen.

“She really is a very special volunteer.”

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.