Love notes for Girl Guides

Tyler Clarke
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After offering love notes to the Evergreen Division Girl Guides, local girls received some of the highest commendations Girl Guides can receive.


“It’s given me so much,” Pathfinder Breanna Pochipinski said during a Wednesday night ceremony at city hall. “Guiding has given me a lifetime of experiences and a place where I belong.

“Guiding has given me the strength to know that even in the worst storms imaginable, all you need is a little help from your friends and you’ll make it to the end of the storm to see the rainbow.”

Pochipinski was one of seven local area Pathfinders (ages 12 to 14) to receive Canada Cord medals -- the highest commendation a Pathfinder can receive.

“Guiding has not only taught me about camping, surviving, cooking first aid and so much more, but they’ve taught me how to use these skills in everyday life,” she said.

“Real friends aren’t called friends -- they’re called sisters.”

For Rangers (age 15 to 18) Amanda Bone and Kailey Pochipinski, Wednesday’s ceremony was particularly meaningful, since it marked their end as Guides.

Both Rangers received Chief Commissioner medals at Wednesday’s ceremony – the group’s top commendation.

“I’m very emotional about it,” Bone said prior to receiving the medal.

“I’ve felt like I was going to cry all day. It kind of feels like it’s the end of something and it’s been so long and a part of my world.”

The Carlton Comprehensive Public High School Grade 12 student said that after 11 years in the Girl Guides it will always be a significant part of her, and one that she hopes to pass on to her daughter should she have one.

Pochipinski said that writing her speech for Wednesday’s event was difficult, since she had to cram 12 years into a few minutes.

Guiding has given me the strength to know that even in the worst storms imaginable, all you need is a little help from your friends and you’ll make it to the end of the storm to see the rainbow. Breanna Pochipinski

“It’s like writing my whole childhood into a speech, and that would have been real long,” she said.

A key takeaway for her was leadership skills -- something she developed as a result of helping lead some of the younger Girl Guides.

“Keeping their attention takes a lot of effort, so I have a deeper appreciation for the leaders who helped me from the same age,” she summarized.

Pochipinski said that she encourages other youth to join the girl guides.

“It’s a great experience,” she said. “You get friends for life and you learn so much and it’s so enjoyable.”

There are currently about 150 youth in the Girl Guides’ Evergreen District, commissioner Christine Taylor said.

Although the Girl Guides are moving out of their hall by the end of the year, they’re still very much a part of Prince Albert, she said.

They’ll be finding other places in the city to meet and are still looking for a place in the city to store their belongings.

Registration for the next season of Girl Guides will take place at the Girl Guide Hall at 1203 Sixth Ave. W. on Sept. 9 and 11 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. both nights.


Canada Cord recipients

Mellissa Bone

Hope Crawford

Amanda Dyck

Breanna Pochipinski

Kendall Schneider

Chelsey Taylor

Kacee Worobey


Chief Commissioner recipients

Amanda Bone

Kailey Pochipinski 

Organizations: Carlton Comprehensive Public High School Grade, Prince Albert

Geographic location: Evergreen District, Canada

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