Girl Guides celebrate volunteers
On Sept. 3, 2017, Margaret Ferguson of Prince Albert was officially presented with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. The medal is awarded by the Governor General of Canada to recognize exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields.
Laurie Lanovaz of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Provincial Commissioner for Girl Guides of Canada, presented the award to Ferguson during a backyard barbecue at the home of Corrine Gallagher. The presentation had been scheduled to take place at Heritage Lake Girl Guide Camp but the event was relocated to Prince Albert due to smoke and spot fires in the Candle Lake area.
During the presentation, Lanovaz praised Ferguson’s excellence and dedication in a wide scope of volunteering. Ferguson is an honorary life member of Girl Guides of Canada and has 57 years of membership as a child and adult. She has served in a variety of leadership roles at the local, district and provincial levels.
“Margaret is passionate about the people who live in northern communities,” said Lanovaz. Along with Gina Troupe, Ferguson made annual road trips to several remote northern Girl Guide units. They packed their care with fresh fruit and vegetables that are often very expensive in those communities so the girls could have a special treat during those visits.
Ferguson is an active member of Community of Christ Church in Prince Albert. Their outreach projects support Kin Enterprises and Our House, a homeless shelter operated by YWCA. Along with other members of her church and Girl Guides of Canada, Ferguson creates quilts for the homeless, turning scraps into warm bed coverings. The project has created 50 quilts a year for local shelters.
“Margaret is very friendly and a joy to be around. She is well deserving of this award,” said Lanovaz as she applauded Ferguson’s “longevity and commitment to the Guiding Community.”
Ferguson is the only person nominated by Saskatchewan Girl Guides for the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. To learn more or about the medal or to nominate a volunteer visit “caring. gg.ca”. Lanovz also presented an award to Janet Thompson of Prince Albert, a 45-year service pin from Girl Guides of Canada.
Heritage Lake Girl Guide Camp is celebrating its 57th anniversary. All six former camp operating chairpersons attended the celebration on Sunday: Eveline Lundgren, Margaret Ferguson, Janet Thompson, Gina Troupe, Lillis Lawrence, Susan Prakash.
All six former Heritage Girl Guide camp operating chairpersons attended the camp’s 57th anniversary celebration on Sept. 3, Seated, from left, are Eveline Lundgren, Margaret Ferguson, Janet Thompson; standing are Gina Troupe, Lillis Lawrence, Susan Prakash