Girl Guides cel­e­brate vol­un­teers

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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.

PHOTO COUR­TESY CAROL SKAAR

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

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