Grandmother guides Gayndah girls to empowerment
WHEN Irene Law moved back to Gayndah to care for her granddaughters, after they lost their mother, she wanted to find a group they could belong to that would empower them to become strong young women.
Alongside a love of camping and the outdoors, this led her to register her granddaughters with Girl Guides.
On Monday night Mrs Law was pinned with a badge for giving the organisation 10 years of service.
"Because my granddaughters have gotten so much from Girl Guides I wanted to see it continue in Gayndah,” she said.
"I think it's great for children's social development and helping young girls to become themselves.”
Mrs Law grew up in Gayndah, and although there was no local Girl Guides at the time, her family was familiar with the organisation.
Her grandfather, Jesse Dolding, served in the Second Boer War alongside the organisation's founder Robert Baden-Powell.
"My aunts were some of the first Girl Guides in Ireland,” Mrs law said.
"So it's something I've known about ever since I was a child.
"When I grew up here there was no guides, only scouts, and I was a bit peeved about that.”
Watching her children, and now grandchildren, learn and lead in Girl Guides and Scouts, Mrs Law no longer feels like she missed out.
"I've had 30 years as a scout leader as well so I've been involved right through,” she said.
"My favourite moments were when my daughter got her junior leaders certificate in Brisbane or when my son got his Queen's Scout at the Government House.”
At Monday's AGM John Zahl and Sandra and John Stott were also thanked for their service to Gayndah Girl Guides.