There was a great buzz in Dublin’s Gresham Hotel on Saturday when 86 Guides received their Gold Awards at a special ceremony. The girls were warmly congratulated by IGG President Maureen Dillon, who presented them with their Gold Award pins, and Councillor Dermot Lacey, who gave them their certificates.
Here five of the girls share something about their journey to the Gold Awards …
Eimear O’Meara (age 16) of St Rynagh’s Guides, Banagher, Co Offaly said: “The journey to the Gold Award was a challenging one at times but, once I found a way to complete the challenges, I had a great sense of self-fulfilment,” she said. “I learned many new things which helped me to grow as a person and I also made new friends.”
Sinead Moran (16) of St Rynagh’s said: “I started in Ladybirds over 10 years ago and have always loved the sense of togetherness within the Guiding community. I have worked my way up the ladder of Guiding from Ladybirds to Brownies to Guides and so the obvious next step for me was to go on and complete the Gold Award. I am so glad I did put in so much work and I am now an active member of Senior Branch.”
Mary Ellen McMahon (16) of St Rynagh's said: “Looking back, it only seems like yesterday that I joined Guides and was enrolled. In reality though, it has been a long but rewarding journey to the Gold Award. I hope to be involved with IGG long into the future.”
Katie McDermott (15) of Si Gaoith Guides, Barna, Co Galway said she wasn’t sure if she would ever manage to complete the award. “The work for the Gold Award was difficult but I was really determined to complete it, so I kept working at it,” she said. “I’m really glad I completed it because I feel like I’ve achieved something. All the hard work was definitely worth it.”
Christina Coyne (15) of Si Gaoith said she also found it challenging but had kept going with the encouragement of her leader, Nonie Hickey, and by seeing how many opportunities Guiding had given her older sisters, Nicole and Katie.
“Now I can see that all the hard work was worthwhile,” she said. “I have learned so much from doing this award – things that will help me in everyday life, such as organising and talking in front of groups. The Gold Award has opened many doors for me in my life and I believe all my hard work has certainly paid off and will hopefully make me a better person in the future. I am grateful I had the opportunity to join Guiding and to get the highest award.”
Congratulations to all 86 girls! We wish them all the very best as they continue on their Guiding journey …