CGIT in the Vil­lage of Bad­deck

The Victoria Standard - - CULTURE / HERITAGE - JOAN MACINNES

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.

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