Scout lead­ers recog­nised

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By CORAL COOK­SLEY

SEVEN vol­un­teer scout­ing group lead­ers from around the In­digo Shire were re­cently named among Aus­tralia’s top scout lead­ers for their out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the move­ment.

Aus­tralian Gov­er­nor-Gen­eral and Chief Scout of Aus­tralia, Sir Peter Cos­grove AK MC an­nounced the re­cip­i­ents as part of World Scout Day on Au­gust 1.

Recog­nised were 1st Beech­worth Scouts Group’s As­sis­tant Ven­turer Leader Bron­wen An­gelini, and As­sis­tant Scout Leader Colin Bowey, who were both re­cip­i­ents of the Spe­cial Ser­vices Award as were Ruther­glen Group Leader Melissa Field and Yackan­dan­dah Group Leader Ka­t­rina Gol­lan.

Re­cently re­tired Beech­worth As­sis­tant Cub Scout Leader He­len Leek was a re­cip­i­ent of the Mer­i­to­ri­ous Ser­vice Award with Beech­worth Group Leader, Donna Hughes re­ceiv­ing the Sil­ver Wat­tle Award and District Scouts Leader for the Up­per Mur­ray District, Terry Ship­way re­ceiv­ing the Sil­ver Koala award.

Beech­worth’s Bron­wen An­gelini who has been in­volved in scout­ing for eight years, said be­ing part of its com­mu­nity meant giv­ing young peo­ple life skills.

“Rais­ing our chil­dren and be­ing an ac­tively in­volved par­ent in the scout­ing com­mu­nity has cre­ated a spe­cial con­nec­tion for us with them too,” she said.

“It’s fun too with risk tak­ing in a safe en­vi­ron­ment.”

Ms An­gelini said vol­un­teer lead­ers con­trib­uted to the next gen­er­a­tion step­ping up as lead­ers.

Colin Bowey who has been in the scout­ing move­ment for five years, said scout­ing helped young peo­ple en­joy ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­pe­ri­ences that may not be avail­able to them or their fam­i­lies.

“Skills learned as well as de­vel­op­ing lead­er­ship ones helped them with em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties later too,” he said.

Donna Hughes said as lead­ers they were also role mod­els for young peo­ple.

“It’s also been great for our fam­ily as we have had amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ences over the last 10 years that we would never have oth­er­wise ex­pe­ri­enced.”

Ruther­glen’s Ka­t­rina Gol­lan said it was a won­der­ful recog­ni­tion of her role where sup­port was given to scout lead­ers so they could do the best job with the kids.

Terry Ship­way who has been in the scout­ing move­ment for 28 years said it had been a great op­por­tu­nity to en­gage with the scout­ing com­mu­nity.

He said vol­un­teer lead­ers got in­volved for the kids where the re­ward was in see­ing how it ben­e­fited them.

“As a District Scout Leader I men­tor Scout group lead­ers from both the Up­per Mur­ray District and Alpine Gate­ways,” he said.

The district with 12 scout­ing groups stretches from Cor­ry­ong to Be­nalla and from Ruther­glen to Mt Beauty.

Chief Com­mis­sioner of Scouts Vic­to­ria, Bren­dan Wat­son said the awards were richly de­served.

He said the vol­un­teers sup­ported weekly meet­ings at the lo­cal scout halls, and em­barked on week­ends away camp­ing, hik­ing, or learn­ing new skills such as ca­noe­ing and rock climb­ing.

“At the same time they de­vel­oped Vic­to­ria’s fu­ture lead­ers,” he said.

The award re­cip­i­ents were among scout vol­un­teers across the state who gave a com­bined 1.7 mil­lion hours each year to help young Vic­to­ri­ans achieve their best.

An of­fi­cial cer­e­mony and cel­e­bra­tion for the awards will be held in Gem­brook on Septem­ber 16 with Chief Com­mis­sioner of Scouts Vic­to­ria Bren­dan Wat­son pre­sent­ing the awards.

PHOTO: Coral Cook­sley.

HON­OURED: (from left) District Scout Leader Terry Ship­way with 1st Beech­worth Scout Group lead­ers Donna Hughes (left), Bron­wen An­gelini and Colin Bowey who have been recog­nised for their out­stand­ing vol­un­teer con­tri­bu­tion to scout­ing. LEADER: (inset) 1st Yackan­dan­dah Scouts Group leader Ka­t­rina Gol­lan.

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