Congratulations, trainers in training!

March 30, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Posted in General, People | 1 Comment

Congratulations, trainers in training!

Did you know that we have four (4!) Yukon Guiders learning how to be trainers? And that within a year all Yukon Guiders will have easy access to the many wonderful trainings our Organization offers? Thanks to Alberta senior trainers Jan and Donna for travelling to Yukon March 27-29 to make this all possible. Here is the training team (L-R): Natalie T, Nancy D, Donna, Kerri S, Jan, Erin D.

Family Potluck & Group Advancement — New Date

April 10, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Posted in Events, General, People | Leave a comment

The annual family potluck and group advancement event will take place on Wednesday, May 9 — originally the date was Tuesday, May 8 but we had to reschedule due to venue challenges. Location is still Grey Mountain Room at Mount McIntyre Rec Centre. More information will be sent to Guiders shortly by the organizers (Kerri & Natalie).

Welcome to Denize, our new Office Manager

March 25, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Posted in General, People | Leave a comment
Denize Brewster-Mellett

Denize Brewster-Mellett

Yukon Council is pleased to welcome Denize Brewster-Mellett as the new Office Manager for the Guide Office. Denize has a strong administration and community building background, and was a Guider  in BC in the ’80s and 90s. Office hours will be set following the District Meeting on March 29, when Denize and Guiders can discuss what works best for them. Denize will be in and out of the office as she moves along the learning curve — call 667-2455 or email ahead of time to set up a visit.

Training Weekend — 3 opportunities for Guiders!

September 22, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Posted in Opportunities, People | Leave a comment

Volunteer Management |  Friday, Sept. 30 (7-9:30)
The Volunteer Management module is designed to help you understand why people volunteer, what people want from volunteering and how you, as a team leader, can help volunteers to achieve these things in order to become more productive team members. It also addresses the principles behind targeted recruitment in order for you to be able to create a workable plan that will enable you to fill a real, specific role on one of your teams. This module will cover putting your team together, staffing a position, and supporting and honouring your team. This training will be held at the Canada Games Centre, in the boardroom on the main floor.
Girls United – Helping Girls connect in Healthy Ways | Sunday, Oct. 2 (9 – 11:30am)
Girls today need to know how to get along with others, how to build strong connections with each other, how to be a support for each other and how to build strong, rewarding friendships with other girls. This is an enrichment training for Guiders to give you a deeper understanding of how to recognize social aggression (bullying) and take action to provide girls with safe places. Adults who are untrained rarely aid children who are bullied. This training gives adults tools to take action through:

  • An introduction to the dynamics of girls’ relationships, and
  • Age-appropriate strategies for promoting healthy relationships.

We will provide Lunch. This training will be held at the Canada Games Centre, in the boardroom on the main floor.

Building Strong Teams | Sunday, Oct. 2 (1 – 3:30pm)
The Building Strong Teams module is designed to give you an understanding of what a team is and how it works. It will give you skills to improve the teams you lead or are a member of. This module will teach you about the characteristics of an efficient team, team development and team building, the characteristics of a leader, and the preparation and facilitation skills needed to be a better leader. This training will be held at the Canada Games Centre, in the boardroom on the main floor.
If you would like to attend any and all of these trainings please contact Kerri at the Guide Office (667-2455). Let her know which trainings you would like to take, so we can ensure enough food and snacks are on hand. Thanks to Natalie Taylor and Alberta Trainer Leslie Horton for these great opportunities!

Camping fun for all ages!

June 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Posted in People, Sprucewind Camp | Leave a comment

This weekend’s camp at Sprucewind was huge success!  Sparks, Brownies, Guides, and Pathfinders all had a great time camping together, enjoying the sun, enjoying the rain, singing songs, cooking over the fire and doing fun games and activities.  Some highlights included the outhouse-painting activity (sorry to all the parents who had freshly painted clothing returned to them), the Shrinky-Dink craft, great campfire songs, and cooking outdoors.  The Sparks made some beautiful drawings, Brownies learned what’s needed to light a campfire, Guides visited Swan Haven and looked for birds, and Pathfinders ran a great Variety Show for the whole camp.

Though things didn’t always run on schedule, and the sun didn’t always shine, good times were had by all the girls and women came out.

Special thanks goes to Nancy Campbell for planning an excellent menu for the whole camp, and to Ella LeGresley, Carole Laurie, and Margot Neely for being amazing cooks and Quartermasters, keeping us well fed and on track.  We couldn’t not have pulled off a camp of this scale without you! Margot also collected painting materials for us to use to decorate the outhouses.  With flashy colours we were able to make something old and drab look exciting, and we recycled a lot of unwanted paint. Thank you so much for your patience, flexibility, and dedication to Guiding.

Kerri Scholz (Office Kerri) deserves special mention as she collected registration forms, distributed emails, coordinated last minute changes, and kept us all on track.

Thank  you also to the experienced Guiders and new volunteers who made this camp possible: Lynn Lebarge, Erin Pauls, and Sylvia Neschokat with the Sparks; Rebecca World with the Brownies;  Tammy Beese, Kate Alexander, and Nancy Deasty with Guides; and Christina McGillivray with Pathfinders.

Finally, we owe a lot to Shannon L’Heureux, Johanna Smith, Rosemary Smith, and Natalie Taylor who planned and delivered activities for the girls.  Since November, these women have been designing programs, setting schedules, and collecting materials, and were instrumental in making Spring Into Summer 2011 an amazing experience for all age groups.

Thank you to all for your hard work and I hope that the camping spirit has been rejuvenated in all of us; both girls and women!

Enjoy being outdoors this summer!

Camp Carrie

Pictures to follow soon!

Open House Welcomes 100+ Visitors

April 25, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Posted in General, People, Sprucewind Camp | Leave a comment

Jan, Jo-Ann and Ev welcomed visitors on the Saturday

Open House visitors wrote down Guiding memories for all to see.

The Open House at Sprucewind over the Easter Weekend saw almost 120 visitors drop by over the two days it was held (Apr. 23 & 24). Thank you to Jan Mann, Jo-Ann Gates, Ev Neave, Penny Rawlings and Kerri Scholz for serving as hosts, and to Carrie McClelland (Camp Carrie) for organizing the event.

Visitors were treated to hot cider/hot chocolate, a display of old uniforms, photo albums of Guiding in action over the decades here, and a swan craft that tied into the Celebration of Swan activities next door at Swan Haven.

This was a pleasant way to show Yukoners that marvellous facility that is Sprucewind and share some Guiding history along with information about what we offer today’s women and girls. Kudos everyone for a job well done!

Cookie Blitz Update

April 25, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Posted in Events, Fundraising, People | Leave a comment

Io Demers and Nancy Deasty have warm smiles for customers at Swan Haven on Apr. 24.

Thank you to all girls, Guiders, parents and Friends of Guiding who helped with this year’s Classic Cookie Blitz. In just under two (2) weeks we’ve sold almost 600 carry cases of cookies — there are only 21 cases left at the office. Special thanks are due to Nancy Deasty and the ‘Snack Shack’ volunteers who sold cookies and other treats out at Swan Haven over two weekends.

Cookie revenues are essential to Guiding in the Yukon. Working together as a team to sell our cookies makes best use of our limited resources and allows girls and adults from different branches to meet and work together.

Thank to all Unit Guiders and their girls, and to our Cookie Dough Counters (Jan Mann, Carrie McClelland, Shirley Clark, Margo Neely and Jo-Ann Gates), Cookie Rovers (Sarah Usher, Jen Moorlag, Margot Neely, and Nancy Campbell) and the many parents/guardians who took girls out on routes.

And a big thanks too to CKRW, the Whitehorse Star and What’s Up Yukon who went way beyond the call of duty in helping us tell the world that the cookie blitz was on.

Great Klondike Campout

February 11, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Posted in Events, General, Opportunities, People | Leave a comment

When: June 4 & 5, 2011

Parks Canada is organising the first-ever Great Klondike Campout in Whitehorse to introduce new Canadians to camping in our beautiful country.  Yukon Guiding has been asked to participate — great exposure for us and great for the participants who we’ll help with camping basics. Plus you would have the chance to camp out next to the SS Klondike — a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Activities for the participants include:

  • Learning how to set up a tent, set up a tarp, light a camp stove, manage water, etc.
  • Enjoying an evening campfire and games (imagine, kick the can at the Klondike!
  • Going on a small nature walk or game, taking in presentations organized by Parks Canada

Guiding members would be expected to help with any of the following:

  • Show how to set up/take down/store tents
  • Demonstrate proper outdoor cooking and clean up skills
  • Lead a campfire and teach some camp songs
  • Demonstrate how to use propane and/or gas cook stoves
  • Lead a group game or craft

If you are interested in helping out with any aspect of Parks Canada’s Great Klondike Campout, please contact Carrie McClelland at or call 355-1112.

Yukon Council Annual Report 2010

January 31, 2011 at 11:05 am | Posted in Events, General, People, Sprucewind Camp | Leave a comment

The Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada fiscal year ends on December 31st.  In addition to preparing a financial report for the fiscal year (ready in spring), Yukon Council prepares an Annual Report to let Guiders and supporters know what we’ve been up to — thank you’s, awards, membership trends.

Interested?  Then check out the attached PDF version of the Yukon Area Annual Report 2010.

Bazaar A Success!

January 18, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Posted in Events, Fundraising, People | Leave a comment

This year’s Girl Guide Bazaar featured crafts, baked goods, plants, games and more made by girls, Guiders, parents and Friends of Guiding. This is a major fundraiser for Yukon Guiding and the $2500 raised will support camps and other activities for our girls.

Thank you to the following individuals and businesses for their generous donations to our Bazaar held Nov 27: Boston Pizza, Klondike Travel (Carmen Magro), Coffee, Tea and Spice, Deb Sumner, Debi McCormick, Due North Maternity and Baby, Extra Foods, Inkspirationz Graphics, Jan Mann, JFB Photography, Jo-Ann Gates, Johanna Smith, Mac’s Fireweed Books, Murdoch’s Gem Shop, North End Gallery, Real Canadian Superstore, The Shop, Wal-Mart

Special thanks to our units (girls and Guiders): 2nd Whitehorse Sparks, 1st Whitehorse Sparks, 2nd Porter Creek Brownies, 7th Whitehorse Brownies, 2nd Whitehorse Brownies, 1st Copper Ridge Guides, 2nd Whitehorse Guides, 3rd Porter Creek Guides, 2nd Whitehorse Pathfinders

And super duper thanks to Members at Large: Jo-Ann Gates, Penny Rawlings, Jan Mann, Veronica Malerby, Erin Spiewak, Grainne Workman

Last but not least,  a Grand Howl for the Whitehorse United Church, our gracious host for this year’s Bazaar.

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