Meet the County Team
Hi my name is Lesley and I have been in guiding since I was 7 years old. I am a leader with 1st Milngavie Guides and an Assistant Leader with 5th Milngavie Brownies, Division Mentor and Chairperson for the Catterburn Committee. I was coaxed at one point to be District Commissioner and along with Norma Choat we job shared that role and thoroughly enjoyed it. Having a fantastic bunch of leaders certainly helped.
I loved Guides, loved the friends I made in guides some of which I still have to this day. I love to see the Brownies coming into Guides and going onto Senior Section blossoming into confident young women. I take a great pride in what we do in Guides. I get a real buzz when some of my former Guides bring their daughters to join our Brownie and Guide units, we must be doing something right.
One of my mountain top moments was being presented with my 25 year Award, who would have thought!
We are a new committee and our hope is to have a representative from each division on the team, as well as the County Treasurer and Catterburn Treasurer.
For ease we plan to go by the name of Finance Committee and our aim is to ensure that Guiders understand the implications and importance of accounts and OSCAR returns being audited correctly and produced on time.
The Division representatives will work with Commissioners to make sure that Accounts are audited and sent to the County Treasure on time. All accounts will be expected to be with Commissioners no later than 31st July each year, allowing the division representatives to pass to the County Treasurer no later than end of August.
Please feel free to contact myself if you are unsure of whom your division representative is.
I have been a member of Girlguiding since I was 7 (and before Rainbows were invented), my favourite time was as a Guide, where I had loads of opportunities and adventures that I don’t believe I could have had anywhere else.
I have been in the past a District Commissioner, Division Commissioner and am currently a Division Mentor, Division Key User and ID Verifier on top of being Chair of Marketing and Communication. But my most favourite role (and what I still do) is being the Unit Leader of the 6th Clydebank Guides, as well as having amazing girls, I have a fantastic team of Leaders, Young Leaders and Unit Helpers who all help run a fabulous unit.
It may sound like I have a lot of roles, but hey Guiding is my Hobby, its what I do and what I love, I couldn’t be without it. I still get as much out of it today as what I did when I was a girl. If you have any questions about Marketing, Communications, Social Media, Branding, Press Releases etc then please get in touch and I’ll do my very best to help you out.
I have been a leader in Guiding for more years than I care to remember so maybe it is appropriate that I’ve been put in the archives. However there is life in me yet and there is life in the archives. They are not there to gather dust.
We are fortunate that they are stored in a suitable environment in a local authority library and that we have the help and advice from their professional archivist.
We have a small but enthusiastic team who are always willing to make items available, to help set up displays and let people know about the history of the county and to let todays girls know about the traditions of guiding.
Over the years I have had many roles in Guiding, mainly in Dunbartonshire and have enjoyed every one of them.
Guiding values stay with you for life and I have made many friends and had so much more out of Guiding than I ever put in.
Now it is my role to lead a team of volunteers, some who turn up every week to work with the Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers and others who deal with necessary tasks that do not require a weekly commitment. All are needed to give the girls the best experience guiding has to offer – fun, friendship and learning to be responsible citizens. And we as leaders learn so much from the young people – in my case quite a bit about technology !!
Mrs Morag M Hart MBE JP DL
Guiding has brought me much joy and friendship since I joined as a 7 year old Brownie. I subsequently became a Leader, Trainer and County Commissioner, and was fortunate to have the chance to undertake other County, Scottish and UK appointments that held interesting challenges and opportunities.
- gaining confidence,
- discovering that they can achieve amazing things,
- working together in friendship to learn new skills, and
- enjoying Guiding
makes me very proud to be part of this wonderful family.
As County President, I appreciate the opportunity to keep in touch with Guiding in our County, to give support to the County Commissioner when asked, to keep in touch with our County Vice-Presidents and to spread the word about Guiding whenever I can.
I have been in guiding since joining Brownies and mostly in Dunbartonshire. I am currently the County Secretary and have been in this role for about 10 years. I really enjoy this role. I have helped with Brownies and ran a Guide Unit for several years and I am currently helping in Brownies in Kirkintilloch, I have always been Cook at Pack Holiday. I have made many good friends through Guiding and have met so many like minded people throughout the country. I have been given many opportunities through Guiding which is such a pleasure.
Role description: Leading on the New Programme – provision of support and rolling out training; working with the team of Section Advisers to support all volunteers in implementing the new programme. Helping to promote transition activities across the county and specifically training on the new resource which is launched to help Leaders work out the best way of encouraging their girls to move up to the next section. I can deliver training on how to use Go to update your new programme records.
I also work on the delivery of the final BP adventures.
Contact me to: Answer questions; arrange personalised programme specific training; offering advice; offer face to face or remote training on Go if required.
Willing to come to your unit and help run an introductory evening of activities for your girls if you would like some help.
I also train on other subjects (First Response, Safe Space, Going away with, Blitz the Book, Go and Join Us, Accounts etc).
I’ve been involved in Guiding since I was 7 years old, and just recently got my 5 year service award. It’s given me some amazing opportunities, like going to Switzerland (twice!), and driving down to Lincolnshire to volunteer at Poacher Jamboree all by myself! I’m now a Brownie and Ranger leader, and after hearing the feedback my Rangers had, I felt it was important that we had someone to represent the younger members of Dunbartonshire County.
My role is to represent the 18-30 age group in line with Girlguidings new 18-30 pathways. I’ll be organising social events, taking feedback on what you all want to get from the 18-30 pathways, and generally getting to know all the younger members of the county! Feel free to email me with any ideas for things you’d like to do, or for any kind of support or help you might need. I’m always open to suggestions, and really want the 18-30 offer to be what the young members of the county want, rather than what we think you might want!
South Eastern Division
Sheena Edwards BEM
I have been involved in Guiding since a 7 year old Brownie. As a Ranger Guide I had my first International experience as part of the Ranger Camp in Sussex linked with the UK World Conference in 1975, where I was involved in the Closing Ceremony and handing over the World Flag to the Iranian Delegates for 1979. As a Guider I have been involved in various large UK camps with International guests, and offered Home Hospitality which also meant learning far more about Guiding and life in other countries. I have been fortunate to take Guides to Our Chalet in Switzerland, the Parisopoly event in Paris, and a UK group of Senior Section to Canada. In 2008, I went on a Guiders trip to our Indian World Centre Sangam, and am delighted to be returning there this summer, with Guiders from Dunbartonshire.
Guiding has so much to offer to every girl, and exploring the International Opportunities helps to realise what an amazing sisterhood we have across the world. Please encourage those eligible, to come along and experience Dunbartonshire INTOPS, so that they can learn about what is on offer next year, and if it would interest them. We have some lovely young women involved in Dunbartonshire Guiding, and I am always so impressed by them, and thrilled to put them forward for these amazing experiences.
Hi, I have been a leader since August 2004, but did start off in Brownies and have never left. I started in Bishopbriggs Guiding and have since transferred to the 5th Kirkintilloch Guides and Dunbartonshire since August 2017. Since becoming a leader I have been involved in many county roles, including Guide Link Guider, Outdoor Adviser and BP Adventure Coordinator (for North Lanarkshire). Since moving to Dunbartonshire I have started my qualification to become a Safe Space Trainer. Outside of Guiding I have my HNC in Social Care and SVQ 3 Social Care Children and Young people, that I use in my job working in a school with children with challenging behaviour.
In my role as Safe Space Adviser for Dunbartonshire I am able to answer questions on risk assessments, care plans and any general enquiries or concerns. I am happy to help with concerns and contacting the Safeguarding team at Headquarters. All enquiries are only shared with those who need to know, e.g. County Commissioner and the Safeguarding team at HQ, They will not be discussed at any meetings or trainings.
If you have a genuine concern or receive a disclosure please contact the Safeguarding team at HQ and follow the procedure set out in the Safe Space booklet.
I’ve been involved in Girlguiding for literally a lifetime.
I began aged 8 as a Brownie, then a Guide, then Ranger Guide and Young Leader all with the 1st Dunfermline units. At 18 I went to teacher training college in Ayr and joined the 16th Ayr Guides where I completed my adult leadership and stayed for four years. I also helped to start the 2nd Ayr Rainbow unit as well as gaining my camp health and hygiene and first aid qualifications, attending Company camp the weekend before my finals (I thought it would take my mind off them). Yep, I am slightly mad, someone once told me all the best Senior Section leaders are, but please note that’s not a job description requirement.
I then joined a unit in Partick for a year whilst Supply teaching in Glasgow before having a wee break once I got a permanent job. I then joined the 128th Glasgow in Kelvinside and gained my Camp licence whilst having a great time with the new friends I had made and getting married. From there I moved with some of our older guides into Senior Section, becoming the Leader of Northern Divisions’ Ranger Unit which met in Glasgow HQ. I was also the camp adviser for the division before taking on the role of Senior Section Adviser for Glasgow.
I managed to escape for all of two years by having several (well 3, anyway) children before being coerced into restarting a local Senior Section unit for Westerton and joining Dunbartonshire County. I was District Commissioner for Westerton for 5 years, a job I’m still trying to give up, which was both enjoyable and challenging. Current appointments include Senior Section leader, Mentor, Prospective Trainer and Senior Section Adviser.
I have, it could be said, a wide variety of experience with guiding and have made some truly wonderful friends over the years, most of which I still have regular contact with. However, the most amazing thing are the opportunities that Guiding has given me, which I would never have had otherwise – camping, abseiling, rock climbing, canoeing, 4×4 off-road driving and most recently 3 weeks in India including a visit to Sangam to name but a few. It has also provided me with the encouragement and confidence to improve myself as well as being influential in several interviews throughout my career.
As a leader, I aim to encourage our senior girls to be the best they can be and to have every opportunity to experience adventure and make friends through girlguiding as I have. I also think it’s a very privileged place to be, involved and trusted in a teenagers life as they develop their independence. As an adviser, I hope to be able to support leaders beginning their involvement in the section and lead those more experienced as part of a collaborative team embracing new materials to help develop and achieve a varied programme for girls across the county.
I hope that leaders will feel able to contact me with any concerns that they may have with regard to their own units or any ideas that we can take forward in the County. I look forward to meeting and working with all Senior Section girls and leaders throughout my appointment
Why am I still guiding 40 years later …. because it’s still fun and I enjoy giving something back in return for the years of pleasure I have had.
I am one of those people who came into Guiding so that my children could be involved. I was a Brownie and Guide but then nothing until my youngest daughter’s unit was going to close unless they got new leaders. I have never regretted being a leader and love every (well most) minute of working with the girls. After being a leader for a few years, and enjoying the buzz of attending training sessions I decided to go through the process of becoming a trainer. I really enjoy working with leaders from across Scotland and gathering and sharing tips and ideas. As chair of the Training committee I work with the trainers and training coordinators in the county to make sure that we support all leaders to be their best and deliver the Girlguiding programme to their girls – all while having fun. If there is something that you want support with, or you have an idea for a session which might be of interest to other leaders and volunteers please get in touch with the training team.
I have been in guiding since joining Brownies and mostly in Dunbartonshire. I have had many appointments over the years and at present I am Coordinator for Leadership Qualification and part of a team with a representative from each Division which works well especially with our large County and spread over a wide area. I have helped with Brownies and ran a Guide Unit for several years and I am currently helping in Brownies in Kirkintilloch, I have always been Cook at Pack Holiday. I have made many good friends through Guiding and have met so many like minded people throughout the country. I have been given many opportunities through Guiding which is such a pleasure. If you have any questions regarding your leadership qualification please get in touch.