Oban girl honoured with top Guides award
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.