CGIT in the Village of Baddeck
The organization known as the Canadian Girls in Training (CGIT) is entering its one hundred and second year having been established in 1915. It was a church-based group which consisted of members from the Anglican, Presbyterian, Methodist, and Baptist churches with the initial support coming from the YWCA.
Over the ensuing years, it became a very popular organization. At the end of 1925, a decade after its formation, approximately 75,000 girls had received CGIT training.
In the early 1930’s, there were chapters of the CGIT in over a thousand communities across Canada with a total membership of 40,000 girls aged 12 to 17 years old.
Presently, the organization is still in existence but with much reduced members and chapters. It is now supported and sponsored by the United Church, the Presbyterian Church, and the Baptist Ministries.
CGIT groups meet weekly, usually mid-week, throughout the school year. The motto of the group is as follows: “As a Canadian Girl in Training, under the leadership of Jesus, it is my purpose to cherish health, seek truth, know God, serve others and thus, with His help, become the girl God would have me be.” The girls wear a white and blue middy which was originally fashioned after the style of shirt that was in vogue when
The photo featured in this article depicts the majority of members of the Baddeck chapter of the CGIT. It is believed to have been taken in 1955 (circa). The location was the basement of Greenwood United church. With the valuable assistance of Evelyn (Macritchie) Macdonald all of the girls have been identified and they are as follows: Back Row: (l-r) - June Fraser, Tena Mackay, Marjorie Macleod, Evelyn Morrison, Alice Cameron, and Carol Cameron. Middle Row: (l-r) - Sandra Maclean, Annette Macleod, Sara Macrae, Catherine Jean Macleod, Marjorie Dawn Macaulay, and Sharon Fraser. Front Row: (l-r) - Evelyn Bradley, Kaye Cameron, Nan Campbell, Hilda Garland, Marian Smith, Evelyn Macritchie, and Catherine “Laddie” Macdonald. I would like to thank my friend, Debbie Bell, for making this photograph available to the Archives.