The Girl Guides Association of Dominica (GGAD) commenced the observance of its 90th Anniversary with a Mass for the Association which took place at the St. John & St. Lewis Roman Catholic Church in Portsmouth on Sunday 13th January, 2019 from 3:00 P.M.
The inaugural activity to commemorate such a milestone under the theme “Connecting with Past, Moving Forward with Determination” was officiated by Reverend Fr. Elveau Augustine, with Reverend Father Franklyn Cuffy as his Con-celebrant. Fr. Elveau during his homily emphasized that to reach 90 years, the Association must have a fire burning within it and that this fire should be maintained. The Opening Mass had the honor of His Excellency Charles Savarin and Mrs. Clara Savarin and the Chief Guide present. Also present was Honorable Ian Douglas who is the Parliamentary Representative for Portsmouth. Over 300 members of GGAD representing all the active Units were present as well as members of the 1st Mahaut Scout Troupe.
The Association, in an effort to revive dormant groups and to expand its base as well as to maintain its membership, will be having a field officer, in the very near future, with the prime responsibility to focus on membership recruitment.
The GGAD to celebrate such an achievement of the attainment of 90 years, is therefore having activities throughout the year 2019. Other activities planned include: a week of activities to mark “Thinking Day” (February 22) which is celebrated annually; an awards ceremony in April; a national camp with invitations sent to regional units in July; a match against child abuse; the designing of a mural; radio programs; a panel discussion; and a talent show among other activities.
The Girl Guide Association of Dominica hopes that through its activities this year there will be more awareness of the Association and that many more girls and young women will join the Association and benefit from the programs of the Association.