Two Girlguiding Scotland volunteers have been shortlisted for awards

Two Girlguiding Scotland volunteers have been shortlisted for prestigious awards at the National Youth Worker of the Year Awards. The winners of the awards will be announced at a special dinner on Thursday 10 March 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow.

Kirsteen Mackenzie, a Brownie and Senior Section group Leader with Girlguiding Tweed Valley, has been nominated for YouthLink Scotland’s Youth Worker of the Year Award by local County Commissioner Gail Fox.

Gail Fox, Girlguiding Scotland’s County Commissioner for Tweed Valley, said:

“For more than 20 years Kirsteen has been – and continues to be – an inspirational and committed Leader with Girlguiding Scotland. Her passion for supporting girls and young women in whatever they do shines through.”

Beth Foreman, aged eight, a Brownie from Kirsteen’s unit the 2nd Selkirk Brownies, said:

“She’s fun, nice and kind. She helps when you ask, and is caring and friendly.

“She helped us all stick together at Brownie camp and helps us be good Brownies.”

Elspeth Husband, a Guide and Senior Section Leader with Girlguiding Caithness, is in the running after being nominated for YouthLink Scotland’s Young Person’s Champion Award by Girlguiding Scotland’s Deputy Chief Commissioner Carol Edwards.

Elspeth, who runs the charity’s Duke of Edinburgh programme, also helps to coordinate outdoor and international activities for girls and young women, and plays a leading role in making guiding happen in the area through her role as District Commissioner.

Jenny Brass, a Senior Section member from Caithness, said:

“Elspeth has helped me make some great achievements over the years.

“I would not have got through my Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s award without her enthusiasm and knowledge.

“She also helped me gain my Young Leader qualification so I can run a Guide unit in Bridge of Allan and opened the door to other opportunities such as volunteering in Africa last summer.”

Carol Edwards, Girlguiding Scotland’s Deputy Scottish Chief Commissioner, said:

“Elspeth always puts the girls and young women first, especially when helping them to achieve their goals.

“By encouraging and supporting them she helps to change their lives by giving them confidence and boosting their self-esteem.

“She is there to support and encourage our fantastic volunteers in the area and does a lot to raise the profile of guiding in Caithness.”

Elspeth Husband head and shoulders shot