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Presentation Evening 2018

Our annual presentation evening was hosted this year by Stretford and Old Trafford Division on April 26th and was a huge success. At the start of the night we celebrated a Region Chief Commissioner’s award, presented to Liz Absalom by our special guest, Assistant Region Commissioner Mel Price. Mel said ‘Everyone who put forward nominations for Liz talked about her approachable style, her kind nature and her commitment to ensuring that leaders, new and old, always feel fully supported at every step of their guiding journey. She has been an inspiration to so many people over the years and some have attributed their guiding style today to the way they were treated by Liz in their early guiding years’.


Speaking to everyone our county commissioner Ann Healey said ‘It is really important to recognize the fantastic things our volunteers do and in GMW we generally do that very well’. Ann presented good service brooches to Laura Keller, Kath Woods, Alison Forshaw and Chris Mazeika-Rimmer. Of all four women Ann noted they have held various district, division and county roles and ‘are always willing to step up to help and support where needed. They are a credit to Girlguiding’. Nurses from the Swan Care team at Salford Royal Hospital also took the opportunity to thank Alison Forshaw for the work she has done over the past year with the Manchester Bee Badges which the nurses now wear on their uniforms.


We saw 10 girls from Guides and Senior Section receive their Baden Powell Challenge award and three receive a Chief Commissioner’s award. Another was presented with her Young Leader qualification. The young women have all worked very hard completing lots of activities to ‘look wider’.


Fiona Murphy RGN MBE made her first appearance in her new role as ambassador for Girlguiding NWE. She wanted to say ‘Thank you to every single one of you that has packed comfort bags. We just can’t tell you the impact that they have on our families and our patients when they are in crisis. What started as one small acorn has become a big oak tree. Thank you Girlguiding it’s a real privilege’. We were also pleased to have Sarah McDonald from St Ann’s Hospice in Little Hulton with us. We have been donating comfort bags to St Ann’s Hospice and Sarah came to tell us ‘It makes a massive impact for us to be able to give your comfort bags to our patients who are in need. Just a huge thank you - the comfort bags are very much appreciated’.


Moving on to the long service awards Ann said ‘Tonight is about you, it’s about everything that you do and I really want to thank you. We have had such a busy year with so much going on and tonight I want to say thank you and to look forward as a county. Girlguiding has, and is, experiencing lots of changes at present, but together we can do this’.

This year we had a grand total of 965 years of long services badges to award. Very special congratulations go to Pat Mayle, Lynda Marsden, Jean Sant and Ilse Ramsey who have all achieved 50 years service. Also Freda Cantwell, Beryl Hardman and Doris Wood who have given Girlguiding an incredible 60 years of service each! Girlguiding in Greater Manchester West wouldn’t be what it is today without these amazing women who have dedicated so much time  to the girls and young women in our county.

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