25 November, 2020
Hard tasks and a few tears on road to World Guiding's pinnacle award
JUNIOR Leader for Longreach Brolga Girl Guides, Breanna Atkinson, has made history by being honoured with the Queen’s Guide Award in recognition of her ceaseless dedication and service to the community.
Guide is considered the peak award for youth members of Girl Guides Australia,
which for more than a century has remained the largest youth organisation for
girls and young women, with nearly 5000 members currently enlisted in the
Members of the community and special guests, including Girl Guides State Commissioner, Kathryn Pearson, Girl Guides Australia International coordinator, Joy Ord, and Longreach Regional Council Mayor, Tony Rayner, attended the Longreach Bowls Club to celebrate Breanna’s globally-recognised distinction.
Led by Longreach Girl Guides unit leader, Katherine Oliver, Breanna’s fellow guides listed a plethora of communal events, programs and fundraisers she has been involved in since joining in 2013, including Clean Up Australia Day, Meals on Wheels and Anzac Day.
After receiving her Queen’s Guide from State Commissioner Pearson, Breanna expressed her gratitude and said she had undergone some really hard tasks to get the award at the expense of a few tears.
The State Commissioner also presented all members of the Longreach Brolga Girl Guides with badges for their commitment to Girl Guiding.
Former commissioner of Major Mitchell Girl Guides, Diane Ryan, presented Breanna with honours she received during her time as regional commissioner in a passing of torch between generations.
State Commissioner Pearson outlined how important it was for a Longreach Girl Guide to receive the Queen’s Guide Award, particularly during the current climate of coronavirus.
“It’s really exciting to have a Queen’s Guide in Longreach because it is our peak youth achievement award and it’s very hard to get,” Ms Pearson said. “It takes many years of community support and dedication.
“It takes perseverance to survive through a pandemic and come out the other side with a Queen’s Guide. We are very proud of Breanna for showing the commitment and dedication necessary to achieve this.
“By having a Queen’s Guide, it opens up so many opportunities not just in Girl Guiding, but all over the world. We hope she stays in Guiding for the rest of her days in Longreach and this award will really help Breanna throughout her journey.”