Girl Guides Association celebrates its 90th anniversary

by: - January 14, 2019
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The Girl Guides Association of Dominica (GGAD) is observing its 90th Anniversary this year, 2019. The GGAD is therefore having activities throughout the year to commemorate such a milestone, under the theme “Connecting with Past, Moving Forward with Determination”.

The Girl Guide Association of Dominica (GGAD), established in 1929, through the efforts of Alice Honychurch and Annie McIntyre, is a voluntary non-political and non-religious organization.  It is the largest organization of girls and young women in Dominica with a membership of over 700.  In 1987, it became an Associate member of the World Association of Girl Guide and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and obtained full membership in 2008.  WAGGGS is the international umbrella organization of guiding throughout the world, established in 1928 and now comprising 145 member organizations with a membership of over 10 million.

The position of Chief Guide is bestowed on the wife of the President of the State. Currently Her Excellency Clara Savarin is the chief Guide, Ms. Josephine Lewis is the President and Ms. Valencia Webb is the Chief Commissioner.

The GGAD is governed by a Council and an Executive which develop policies and implement decisions, respectively. The Council is headed by a President. The Executive is headed by the Chief Commissioner and also comprises of the President, Vice President, Deputy Chief Commissioner, District Commissioners, a youth representative, and Heads of the Committees (Finance & Fundraising, Training, Programme & Recruitment, Advocacy).

GGAD’s Vision is to develop a well-recognized and vibrant movement and its Mission is to educate girls and young women spiritually, physically, emotionally and mentally in order to become responsible citizens.

GGAD’s Motto is to “Be Prepared” and its Membership comprises Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers, and Young Leaders.

GGAD’s Programme incorporates a holistic approach in its delivery under the themes:

  • Let’s have Fun (Rainbows)
  • Inside the Brownie Carriage (Brownies)
  • The Sky is the Limit (Guides)
  • Reach For the Stars (Rangers)

In celebration of this 90th anniversary there will be a series of events throughout the year 2019.The inaugural event was a mass officiated by Reverend Fr. Elveau Augustin hosted at the St Johns Catholic Church in Portsmouth.

The activities scheduled for the year were declared opened at the end of the mass by the President of the Girl Guide Association Josephine Lewis and the Chief Guide Her Excellency Mrs Clara Savarin.

After the mass, an inspection of the uniformed groups by the Chief Guide Her Excellency Clara Savarin was conducted, followed by a parade of the groups around selected streets in Portsmouth.