February Guide ON eNews stories

February 18th, 2020

GirlJam 2020 Crew
to all adult members and Rangers
Do you want to be part of an extraordinary event that will bring together thousands of girls of all branches from across Ontario and Nunavut? Consider volunteering as a GirlJam Crew member. Events as GIGANTIC as GirlJam require energetic volunteers who want to provide our girl members with anexperience that will WOW the girls at GirlJam 2020. We are calling on Ranger and Guider members who want to be part of the GirlJam Crew for this Ontario and Nunavut event. Apply to join our volunteer team today!

GirlJam 2020 Steering Committee
to all adult members and Rangers
Do you want to be part of an extraordinary event that will bring together thousands of girls of all branches from across Ontario and Nunavut? Events this GIGANTIC require creative, energetic and visionary leadership. We are calling on all Rangers and Guiders who want to get involved in the planning of GirlJam 2020.

Positions on Ontario Council
to all adult members
Are you a member looking to engage more meaningfully in Guiding? Are you looking for experience on a volunteer board or a way to further hone your strategic, planning or management skills in a new way? We are looking for strong, empowered women from diverse communities both inside and outside of Guiding who wish to share their passion, experience and commitment. Consider applying for one of several Ontario Council volunteer positions. "

Parents volunteering at unit meetings and camps
to all adult members
Have you invited parents to assist at upcoming unit meetings or a camp? If so, please have them complete and submit their A.7 Non-Member Volunteer Application Form today! Once their application is received, they will be prompted to complete their Police Record Check (PRC). Our partnership with Sterling BackCheck provides parents with a secure check at a reduced rate, however, if a local police check is being provided, the process could take a few weeks. Safe Guide paperwork is required a minimum of two weeks before your event. To ensure any parents who are participating as Unit Assistants have their PRC on file in time for upcoming events and unit meetings, have them submit their A.7 to on-membershipscreener@girlguides.ca today! "

A message from Jessica
to all adult members and Rangers in community 5
The latest news, reminders and tips for Guiding members in community 5.

Are you part of the community 6 Facebook group?
to all adult members in community 6
A group for community 6 Guiders to ask questions, create connections, see local events and get in the know of what's going on in community 6. Connect with local units, get answers to questions you may have on our online community 6 Facebook group.

A message from Brianna
to all adult members in community 24
News, reminders and tips for Guiding members in community 5.

Apply for one of multiple $1,000 scholarships available!
to all adult members and third-year Rangers
Applications are now open for the Isabel Kerr Scholarship and the Portage Over Poverty Scholarship, designed to encourage further education for our members. Learn more about the programs, including who’s eligible and how to apply. Application deadline is April 1st, 2020.

How to help your Treasurer
to all adult members
Here are some helpful tips for the unit leadership team to support the Treasurer as we approach the second required submission date (March 1st, 2020) for receipts and deposit slips

February Cookie Roundup - updated weekly
to all adult members
This week's highlight: Rember to ask parents if they will require surplus to reach Cookie All Stars goals. Surplus can be requested after March 7th.

Cookie selling opportunity at the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show
to all adult members in communities 13-19, 22, 23, 37, 38 and 41
Looking for a group sale opportunity in the GTA this spring? The Toronto Sportsmen’s Show in Mississauga is offering 13 selling shifts to units on March 18-22nd.

Cookie selling opportunity at Erin Mills Town Centre
to all adult members in community 16
Leading up to Cookie Days in Canada (April 3rd to 5th), your wonderful Events Trefoil Guild has arranged a group cookie sale opportunity at Erin Mills Town Centre.

Are you interested in joining our team of Cookie Receivers in the spring?
to all adult members in communities 14, 17 and 34
For the upcoming spring campaign, we are looking for new delivery locations and Cookie Receivers across Ontario particularly in or close to your area.

So now you’re a Guider! All signed up but not sure where to get started?
to all adult members
We’ve got a learning path for new Guiders to ensure you feel confident and have all the information you need to empower girls! The New Guider Learning Path is a series of five courses that cover the essential information you need in your first year as a Guider. Create a Guiding experience where girls thrive, explore and discover. Training modules need to be completed within six months of joining. Get all the details and access the training modules on Member Zone.

Happy Thinking Day from the Outdoor Experiences team
to all adult members and Rangers
Nothing brings out the sisterhood of Guiding like the great outdoors. As we celebrate World Thinking Day 2020, the Outdoor Experiences team thanks you for providing girls in Ontario and Nunavut opportunities to make lasting memories through Outdoor Experiences.

Do you know a member who has gone above and beyond?
to all adult members
Please consider nominating them for a Guiding award to let them know how much they are appreciated. Did you know that award applications are reviewed by members, just like you? Depending on the nature of the award, it can take up to eight weeks to review and approve, so remember to allow time for processing.

Local Recognition Ceremonies
to all Pathfinder and Ranger Unit Guiders and Community Guiders
Have you considered planning a local ceremony? Volunteers are encouraged to plan ceremonies close to home, making it more accessible for our members to be recognized for their accomplishments within the 2019-2020 Guiding year. Consider planning one today. The deadline to apply for funding for a 2020 ceremony is February 28. For more information and how to apply for funding visit the local recognition page.

iMIS updates for girls
to all Pathfinder and Ranger Unit Guiders and Community Guiders
If you have Pathfinders or Rangers in your unit that completed their Canada Cord or Traiblazer Leadership Award - Gold Award in the 2019-2020 Guiding year, complete the iMIS update form for all girls in your unit by August 31st, 2020. Submitting by the deadline will ensure that the awards girls earned this year will be updated and they will receive their certificates by mail by the end of 2020.

Travel Opportunity
to all ACLs, Ranger Unit Guiders and Community Guiders and Rangers in communities 17-19, 22, 23, 37 and 38
Are you a Ranger looking to travel with other Guiding members? We are the 3rd BC SOAR 2020 Independent Trip Unit and have spots available for two Rangers. This trip will include 8 days of camping in Sooke BC followed by 4 days of site seeing in Victoria. Trip dates July 24th, 2020 to August 4th, 2020. For more information please contact us at 3rdSOAR@gmail.com .

BC Soar 2020
to ACLs, ACL Advisers and Pathfinder and Ranger Unit Guiders and Community Guiders in communities 1-5
Don't miss out on this very popular camp! Are you a Pathfinder or Ranger looking to travel with other Guiding members? We are the 4th BC Soar and the 6th BC Soar 2020 Independent Trip units and we have one space available for a Pathfinder and one space available for a Ranger. Travel dates are July 24th, 2020 to August 1st, 2020, attending a large GGC camp in Sooke, BC . For more information, please contact Janet Van Erp jvanerp@dominoslondon.ca or call 519-854-6206.

Guiding Heritage Boxes are great for unit meetings and indoor activities for unit camps!
to all adult members
Ontario Council Archives has created a meeting in a box with a range of activities from the past! Boxes have been created to support the Spark, Brownie, Guide and Pathfinder branches.

Heritage uniform rentals
to all adult members
Ontario Council Archives has a large selection of heritage uniforms available for rent.

Introduce girls and Guiders to the amazing world of engineering
to all ACLs, Unit Guiders and Community Guiders
Engineers Canada is GGC’s national subject matter expert and are interested in connecting with units during Engineering Month in March. This means that there may be engineers in your area who could visit interested units with the hopes of making engineering more accessible to girls. They’re hoping to connect with units specifically in March to offer support and role models to girls who are interested in exploring engineering.

Themed escape rooms
to all Unit Guiders and Community Guiders in communities 27-29 and 40
Have you and your unit always wanted to experience an Escape Room? The 2nd NWT Independent trip unit is offering various themed escape rooms, hosted at your meeting place.

Diabetes Canada initiative 2020
to select members
With the success of the 2019 initiative, GGC, Ontario Council has once again partnered with Diabetes Canada to provide a fundraising opportunity for units in Ontario. In 2019, 50 units participated in this initiative. They collected 1,827 bags of textiles and 36,546 pounds of miscellaneous items. These units earned a total of $4712.14 for their efforts. To register for the clothing drive, please follow these easy steps!

Social media guidelines for Guiders
to all adult members
Do you run a unit Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or other social media account? Planning on starting one? Did you know? Even with a signed IR.1 form, it is best to ask the parent/guardian for written consent (an e-mail will do). Check out this and other handy tips in the Social Media Guidelines. Helpful for Guiders, Community Guiders, ACLs or event or camp planners.

February 11th, 2020

ACL awesome information
to all ACLs, ACL Advisers and Community Guider Adviser
News, tips and resources from Cherylyn Sawatsky, DPC.

Unit minimums
to all ACLs, Unit Guiders and Community Guiders
An update on last week’s National announcement about unit minimums.

Positions on Ontario Council
to all adult members
Are you a member looking to engage more meaningfully in Guiding? Are you looking for experience on a volunteer board or a way to further hone your strategic, planning or management skills in a new way? We are looking for strong, empowered women from diverse communities both inside and outside of Guiding who wish to share their passion, experience and commitment. Consider applying for one of several Ontario Council volunteer positions.

GirlJam 2020 Steering Committee
to all adult members and Rangers
Do you want to be part of an extraordinary event that will bring together thousands of girls of all branches from across Ontario and Nunavut? Events this GIGANTIC require creative, energetic and visionary leadership. We are calling on all Rangers and Guiders who want to get involved in the planning of GirlJam 2020.

A message from Nancy
to all adult members and Rangers in community 19
The latest news, reminders and tips for Guiding members in community 19.

A message from Brianna
to all adult members in community 24
News, reminders and tips for Guiding members in community 24.

February Cookie Roundup - updated weekly
to all adult members
Cookie to-do list: Cookie All Stars rewards ordering website is now open, prepare for pick up with our Proposed Delivery Schedule, plan your Cookie Days in Canada group sale for April 3rd, 4th or 5th.

Cookie Receiver packages
to all Cookie Receivers
Please make sure to open and review your Cookie Receiver packages. Here are some tips and resources.

Are you interested in joining our team of Cookie Receivers in the spring?
to all adult members in communities 5, 14, 17, 18, 23, 29, 34, 36 and 37
For the upcoming spring campaign, we are looking for new delivery locations and Cookie Receivers across Ontario particularly in or close to your area.

Cookie selling opportunity at Erin Mills Town Centre
to all adult members in community 16
Leading up to Cookie Days in Canada (April 3rd to 5th), your wonderful Events Trefoil Guild has arranged a group cookie sale opportunity at Erin Mills Town Centre.

Cookie selling opportunity at the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show
to all adult members in communities 13-19, 22, 23, 38 and 41
Looking for a group sale opportunity in the GTA this spring? The Toronto Sportsmen’s Show in Mississauga is offering 13 selling shifts to units on March 18-22nd.

And the winner is…
to all ACLs and adult members
Thank you for participating in the Great Guiding GamesYour efforts and enthusiasm have been tremendous. Because of all of your hard work, we decided to award both first and second place winners! Without further ado, here are the winners of the Great Guiding Games...community 99 in first place with a 7.94% increase and community 34 with a 3.24% increase! Crests will be distributed to the winning districts before the end of the Guiding year. View the leaderboard.

So now you’re a Guider! All signed up but not sure where to get started?
to all adult members
We’ve got a learning path for new Guiders to ensure you feel confident and have all the information you need to empower girls! The New Guider Learning Path is a series of five courses that cover the essential information you need in your first year as a Guider. Create a Guiding experience where girls thrive, explore and discover. Training modules need to be completed within six months of joining. Get all the details and access the training modules on Member Zone.

Introduce girls and Guiders to the amazing world of engineering
to all ACLs, Unit Guiders and Community Guiders
Engineers Canada is GGC’s national subject matter expert and are interested in connecting with units during Engineering Month in March. This means that there may be engineers in your area who could visit interested units with the hopes of making engineering more accessible to girls. They’re hoping to connect with units specifically in March to offer support and role models to girls who are interested in exploring engineering.

Local Recognition Ceremonies
to all Pathfinder and Ranger Unit Guiders and Community Guiders
Have you considered planning a Local Recognition Ceremony? Volunteers are encouraged to plan ceremonies close to home, making it more accessible for our members to be recognized for their accomplishments within the 2019-2020 Guiding year. Consider planning one today. The deadline to apply for funding for a 2020 ceremony is February 28. For more information and how to apply for funding visit the local recognition page.

Where do earthworms go in the winter?
to all adult members and Rangers
Earthworms burrow deep down under a warm blanket of soil and curl up for warmth. When you are feeling like an earthworm in the winter, you can still work towards the Earthworm section of the Happy Trails Challenge. Many of the activities can be completed indoors. Check out all of the challenge requirements and the crest!

Diabetes Canada initiative 2020
to select members
With the success of the 2019 initiative, GGC, Ontario Council has once again partnered with Diabetes Canada to provide a fundraising opportunity for units in Ontario. In 2019, 50 units participated in this initiative. They collected 1,827 bags of textiles and 36,546 pounds of miscellaneous items. These units earned a total of $4,712.14 for their efforts. To register for the clothing drive, please follow these easy steps!

February 4th, 2020

A message from Lisa and Melissa
to all adult members and Rangers
Important news, updates and tips from your Provincial Commissioners.

Parents volunteering at unit meetings and camps
to all adult members
Have you invited parents to assist at upcoming unit meetings or a camp? If so, please have them complete and submit their A.7 Non-Member Volunteer Application Form today! Once their application is received, they will be prompted to complete their Police Record Check (PRC). Our partnership with Sterling BackCheck provides parents with a secure check at a reduced rate, however, if a local police check is being provided, the process could take a few weeks. Safe Guide paperwork is required a minimum of two weeks before your event. To ensure any parents who are participating as Unit Assistants have their PRC on file in time for upcoming events and unit meetings, have them submit their A.7 to member.admin3@guidesontario.org today!

Potential members for your unit
to all adult members
Do you have an individual currently undergoing the screening process, intending to join your unit? Encourage them to take the necessary steps (booking their interview, completing their Police Record Check and reference invitation) to complete the process! It is important to note that if you require the individual to take part in an upcoming event or unit meeting, they do need to be a fully screened member before they can participate! You can tell that the entire screening process has been completed when they appear on your unit roster.

GirlJam Steering Committee
to all adult members and Rangers
Do you want to be part of an extraordinary event that will bring together thousands of girls of all branches from across Ontario and Nunavut? Events this GIGANTIC require creative, energetic and visionary leadership. We are calling on all Rangers and Guiders who want to get involved in the planning of GirlJam 2020.

Provincial Nominating and Search Committee member(s)
to all adult members
Do you have experience recruiting, screening and interviewing applicants? Do you have a strong network within Guiding or the business community? Can you find a needle in a haystack or a diamond in the rough? The Provincial Nominating and Search Committee is looking for you!

Volunteer opportunity at Winterlude
to all adult members and Rangers in communities 27-29 and 40
Heritage Canada has asked Girl Guides to provide assistance with the Lost Children's Services during the second weekend of Winterlude on February 8th and 9th, 2020.

A message from Brianna
to all adult members in community 24
The latest news, reminders and tips for Guiding members in community 24.

A message from Melissa Pearce and Amanda Benny
to all adult members in community 31
The latest news, reminders and tips for Guiding members in community 31.

February Cookie Roundup
to all adult members
Highlights for this week: Outstanding girl members are working hard to fundraise for their units. Celebrate your girls by placing your Cookie All Star Rewards order. Your deliveries are coming! Are you ready? Prepare for pick up with our Proposed Delivery Schedule.

Cookie All Stars registration opens today
to all adult members
Does your unit have girls reaching All Star levels? The Cookie All Stars Rewards ordering site opens today (February 4th) and will remain open until the beginning of May. Start placing your orders!

Are you interested in joining our team of Cookie Receivers in the spring?
to all adult members in communities 5, 14, 17, 18, 23, 29, 34, 36 and 37
For the upcoming spring campaign, we are looking for new delivery locations and Cookie Receivers across Ontario particularly in or close to your area.

Cookie selling opportunity at the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show
to all adult members in communities 13-19, 22, 23, 37, 38 and 41
Looking for a group sale opportunity in the GTA this spring? The Toronto Sportsmen’s Show in Mississauga is offering 13 selling shifts to units on March 18-22nd.

So now you’re a Guider! All signed up but not sure where to get started?
to all adult members
We’ve got a learning path for new Guiders to ensure you feel confident and have all the information you need to empower girls! The New Guider Learning Path is a series of five courses that cover the essential information you need in your first year as a Guider. Create a Guiding experience where girls thrive, explore and discover. Training modules need to be completed within six months of joining. Get all the details and access the training modules on Member Zone.

Exciting travel opportunity - Europe 2022
to ACLs, ACL Advisers and Pathfinder and Ranger Unit Guiders and Community Guiders in communities 8, 9 and 21
The 1st Brantford Rangers are bus tripping in Europe in 2022 and we are looking for a few more Pathfinders and Rangers to join us. The girls will need to be able to get to Brantford for fundraising and monthly trip meetings. We will be visiting Our Chalet, the Guiding World Centers in Switzerland. The girls will have an opportunity to help plan the trip and decide which countries they want to see.

BC Soar 2020
to ACLs, ACL Advisers and Pathfinder and Ranger Unit Guiders and Community Guiders in communities 1-5
Don't miss out on this very popular camp! Are you a Pathfinder or Ranger looking to travel with other Guiding members? We are the 4th BC Soar and the 6th BC Soar 2020 Independent Trip units and we have one space available for a Pathfinder and one space available for a Ranger. Travel dates are July 24th, 2020 to August 1st, 2020, attending a large GGC camp in Sooke, BC. For more information, please contact Janet Van Erp jvanerp@dominoslondon.ca or call 519-854-6206.

Travel opportunity BC Soar 2020
to all ACLs, Ranger Unit Guiders and Community Guiders and Rangers in communities 17-19, 22, 23, 37 and 38
Are you a Ranger looking to travel with other Guiding members? We are the 3rd BC SOAR 2020 Independent Trip Unit and have spots available for two Rangers. This trip will include 8 days of camping in Sooke BC followed by 4 days of site seeing in Victoria. Trip dates July 24th, 2020 to August 4th, 2020. For more information please contact us at 3rdSOAR@gmail.com .

Are you a Guider new to your branch level?
to all Unit Guiders and Community Guiders
Unit Guider appointment pins are mailed out weekly only to Guiders who are new to their specific branch level. Watch your mail, a pin could be coming to you!

Do you know a member who has gone above and beyond?
to all adult members
Please consider nominating them for a Guiding award to let them know how much they are appreciated. Did you know that award applications are reviewed by members, just like you? Depending on the nature of the award, it can take up to eight weeks to review and approve, so remember to allow time for processing.

Local Recognition Ceremonies
to all Pathfinder and Ranger Unit Guiders and Community Guiders
Have you considered planning a local ceremony? Volunteers are encouraged to plan ceremonies close to home, making it more accessible for our members to be recognized for their accomplishments within the 2019-2020 Guiding year. Consider planning one today. The deadline to apply for funding for a 2020 ceremony is February 28. For more information and how to apply for funding visit the local recognition page.

iMIS updates for girls
to all Pathfinder and Ranger Unit Guiders and Community Guiders
If you have Pathfinders or Rangers in your unit that completed their Canada Cord or Trailblazer Leadership Award - Gold Award in the 2019-2020 Guiding year, complete the iMIS update form for all girls in your unit by August 31st, 2020. Submitting by the deadline will ensure that the awards girls earned this year will be updated and they will receive their certificates by mail by the end of 2020.

Themed escape rooms
to all Unit Guiders and Community Guiders in communities 27-29 and 40
Have you and your unit always wanted to experience an Escape Room? The 2nd NWT Independent trip unit is offering various themed escape rooms, hosted at your meeting place.

Diabetes Canada initiative 2020
to select members
With the success of the 2019 initiative, GGC, Ontario Council has once again partnered with Diabetes Canada to provide a fundraising opportunity for units in Ontario. In 2019, 50 units participated in this initiative. They collected 1,827 bags of textiles and 36,546 pounds of miscellaneous items. These units earned a total of $4712.14 for their efforts. To register for the clothing drive, please follow these easy steps!

World Thinking Day 2020 - think back!
to all adult members and Rangers
In anticipation of World Thinking on February 22nd, Archives has opened the vaults to show you crests from the past. Check out some of these creative crests and be inspired by the history and impact of the WAGGGS movement.

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