Girlguiding’s new Commissioner

Girlguiding Scotland, Scotland’s largest voluntary organisation for girls and young women, has appointed a new Scottish Chief Commissioner, Sue Walker.

Sue will take over as the Chair of Girlguiding Scotland’s Executive Committee as well as being a figurehead for nearly 1,100 girl and adult members across Girlguiding Kincardine & Deeside, which stretches from St Cyrus in the South to Portlethen in the north and Braemar in the west.

Girlguiding Kincardine & Deeside provides great opportunities for girls and young women across the County to have fun, learn new skills and meet friends in a safe environment. They have recently celebrated the Rainbow 25th Birthday with a Pirate themed party, taken Guides and Senior Section members to the Tartan Gig 2012 in the SECC to see Pixie Lott, Scouting For Girls, Cher Lloyd, amongst others at the exclusive ‘girl-only’ event and joined with Guides from all other the North East of Scotland at a fantastic, if wet, week long camp at Crathes Castle in Banchory.

The new Scottish Chief Commissioner will be supported by three Deputy Scottish Chief Commissioners, Elaine Kelly from Dunoon, Eileen Martin from Innerleithen and Carol Edwards from Montrose. Together the team bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to take the organisation forward over the next five years.

Sue Walker said; “I am delighted to be taking on new challenges as Girlguiding Scotland’s 17th Scottish Chief Commissioner and continue the great work Dinah Faulds and her team have done for the organisation over the past five years. Girlguiding Scotland in 2012 is in a strong position as girls of all ages continue to join us and we will carry on working towards growing guiding and continue providing girls and young women across Scotland with adventure, opportunities and fun. Guiding is a movement – it doesn’t stay static. And it’s great fun – for girls and Leaders alike. 

“Personally, guiding has been a significant force throughout my life. It has given me some strong female role models and encouraged me to stay involved through Brownies, Guides and up in to Leadership. I am looking forward to seeing the movement grow and develop. It will continue to provide strong and motivational role models for our members and I think it’s important to motivate and inspire the girls. Alongside this position I will also be continuing my work as a Chemical Engineer and my keen interest in Ultra Running.”

Sue Walker succeeds Dinah Faulds who has completed her term office, which included leading Girlguiding Scotland through its “Changing the World” project and its successful Centenary celebrations during 2010.

Girlguiding Kincardine & Deeside are delighted that Sue, or one of her team, will be joining them for their Annual Review of activities on Thursday October 11 in Torphins when they will be reminiscing about the things we have achieved over the past year and looking forward how they can continue to offer the challenging and exciting activities to members and Grow Guiding within the area.