Lucan sisters help launch Girl Guides’ four-year Strategic Plan
By Brendan Grehan
A LUCAN GUIDE leader and three members of Lucan Girl Guides helped launch Irish Girl Guides’ Strategic Plan 2016-2020 at the organisation’s national conference on Sunday.
Sisters Sophie (age 11), Priya (9) and Amelia (6) Dix were honoured to take part in the launch at the Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport with Irish Girl Guides (IGG) Assistant Chief Commissioner Jenna Goodwin, a 25-year-old Lucan Guide leader.
The new strategic plan will see the organisation focus over the next four years on supporting girls and young women to develop life skills that will see them become “torch-bearers for a better future”.
Jenna Goodwin, who headed up the team that devised the new plan, told The Echo: “This long-term vision we’ve set out here is aimed at giving girls and young women the opportunity to develop and enhance a range of essential life-skills that encourage personal growth and independence and, as they mature, to be agents of change and to inspire change in others too.”
IGG Chief Commissioner Helen Concannon said: “Being involved in Guiding helps girls and young women to develop not only confidence, self-motivation and emotional well-being – all essential tools for life in the 21st century – but it also helps them develop a social conscience through active engagement in real communities.
“It is essential to give young people opportunities to contribute to society in ways that will fire them up to change the world for the better.”
She added: “We believe young people should be recognised for what they are – agents of change who are the torch-bearers for a better future.
“Our progressive new Journey Programme, which caters for girls from age five to 30, will equip our 10,000 youth members to be positive change-makers in their local communities and beyond. When we set ourselves a challenge and work together, we can achieve great things.”
To find out more about Irish Girl Guides see www.irishgirlguides.ie or telephone 01-6683898.