Oban girl hon­oured with top Guides award

The Oban Times - - News -

AN IN­SPI­RA­TIONAL young woman from Oban has risen to the chal­lenge to achieve the high­est award in Girl­guid­ing.

Amanda MacNeill, 22, was pre­sented with her Queen’s Guide Award at the House of Com­mons ear­lier this month by Val El­liott, who chairs Girl­guid­ing’s board of trustees, and Sally Ill­s­ley, deputy chief guide.

To achieve the pres­ti­gious award, Amanda, who works as a re­cep­tion­ist at the Isle of Eriska Ho­tel and is a leader at the 1st Taynuilt Brown­ies and a mem­ber of Girl­guid­ing Scot­land’s Lones se­nior sec­tion, took on a se­ries of per­sonal chal­lenges in ar­eas such as so­cial ac­tion, vol­un­tary work and travel.

Fewer than 150 Girl­guid­ing mem­bers are pre­sented with the award each year and they have to com­plete their chal­lenges be­fore they turn 26.

Amanda took two and a half years to fin­ish her chal­lenges. Th­ese in­cluded help­ing more girls in her lo­cal area to join the fun and ad­ven­ture of Girl­guid­ing Scot­land, learn­ing to swim and go­ing on her first trip to Lon­don.

Amanda said: ‘As part of the Queen’s Guide Award you have to learn new skills and I’m par­tic­u­larly proud that I was able to learn how to swim af­ter so long – it was a fan­tas­tic sense of achieve­ment.

‘Do­ing my Queen’s Guide Award has shown me that, even when you face chal­lenges and set­backs, if you per­se­vere, you can achieve some­thing amaz­ing.’

To find out more about join­ing Girl­guid­ing Scot­land as or be­com­ing an adult vol­un­teer, v is itwww.girl­gui ding scot­land. org. uk/get-in­volved.

Amanda re­ceives her award from Val El­liott.

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