Posted by JaneGuides on April 30, 2014
It was most certainly an extra special celebration of a year of achievement when 99 individual awards were presented to members of Girlguiding Cornwall at our Annual Review event on Saturday.
The Review looks back on all of the fantastic activities and events as well as the commitment and passion of both our members and volunteers over the past 12 months. And this year was no exception!
In front of our special guests Jill Kendall our County President and Chris Thornton who is Deputy Chief Commissioner for Girlguiding South West England, along with Kevin Allen, Scout County Commissioner, and Bob Ellis from Cornwall Scouting and one of our County Ambassadors, 35 Long Service and Thanks Awards were presented to Volunteer members with a further 64 Awards given to girls who’ve completed or undertaken significant activities during 2013.
With over 240 guests packed into the Heartlands Centre to witness the presentations, Chris Davey, Cornwall’s County Commissioner, led the mammoth task of leading the afternoon of presentations whilst also giving everyone an insight into what’s been happening around the County over the previous year too.
All the awards presented are prestigious and celebrate significant service, support or achievement. Highlights most definitely included presentation of the Queen’s Guide Award to Meriel Lees and Chief Guide Awards to Laura Miucci and Ann Cutcliffe. The latter also receiving a Commonwealth Award too. For Guiders, Long Service Awards were presented to Dawn Hitchens, Irene Mortimore and Chris Davey herself for 40 years service, whilst recognition of a magnificent 50 years of service was applauded for Christine Hicks. There was also rousing applause for those receiving their 20 and 30 year Long Service Awards.
However, the most poignant award of the day was presented to Cheryl Smith who now runs the County’s highly successful Service Camp. Chris presented Cheryl with the County Commissioner Award for Outstanding Service to Girlguiding Cornwall for her exceptional work in making the camp such a special event. The camp, which has been organised within the County for over 30 years provides children under Social Services care with a fantastic, fully supervised and free holiday of fun, friendship and laughter. On the back of Cheryl’s successful orchestration, the camp is now set to expand this year meaning that even more children from all over the County will be given the chance to attend.
In the words of the two Young Leaders Esther and Florence from Mawnan Smith Guides who ably assisted Chris with the proceedings, “the members and girls are what makes Guiding special here in Cornwall” and Saturday’s event certainly showed why!