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Happy Valley-Goose Bay Girl Guides lend hand to women’s centre

The Brownies, Guides and Pathfinders and their leaders with the purses.
The Brownies, Guides and Pathfinders and their leaders with the purses. - Submitted

A special project by the Girl Guides of Canada Lake Melville District recently saw a donation of purses filled with personal feminine hygiene items delivered to the Mokami Women’s Centre in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

The purses will be given to women who access the centre’s Women Helping Women program.

Pathfinder Avery Carroll started the project in working towards her Canada Cord – the highest award earned at the Pathfinder level.

Avery is a Grade 9 student at Mealy Mountain Collegiate.

“Part of the Canada Cord is volunteering in your community ... so myself and my mom (Paula Reid) sent letters to each unit and suggested what we’d like them to bring. We collected about 25 purses,” the 14-year-old said.

Brownies, Guides and Pathfinders took part in the project.

Reid is an adult guider with the 1st Happy Valley Pathfinders. She said the Guiding program empowers girls and teaches them about what they can do to make a difference in their own communities and in other parts of the world.

“They learn about science, about arts, about people, about service. It’s a wonderful program,” she said.

From left, adult guider Paula Reid of the 1st Happy Valley Pathfinders; pathfinder Avery Carroll and Mokami Women’s Centre executive director, Raelene Vickers.
From left, adult guider Paula Reid of the 1st Happy Valley Pathfinders; pathfinder Avery Carroll and Mokami Women’s Centre executive director, Raelene Vickers.

Reid said she enjoyed helping Avery with her project.

“I’m a very proud mother,” she said.

Lake Melville District Commissioner Heather Mesher-Brown said there are 93 girls and 20 adults in the district.

Items collected for the purses included everything from toothpaste and toothbrushes to mouthwash and hair products, Mesher-Brown said.

The project was a learning process for all the children and youth, she said.

“For the younger girls it’s more about the things you need for your own health. And for the older girls it teaches them about community awareness and the fact that they might have something that someone else might need and, if they’re not going to use it, they might like to pass it on,” Mesher-Brown said.

Mokami’s Women Centre executive director Raelene Vickers said the

Women Helping Women program assists women who may be struggling financially to make ends meet either for themselves or for their family.

Having the personal hygiene items presented in a purse made it seem more like a gift, Vickers said.

“The Brownies/Guides/Pathfinders were able to send the message to these women that they are deserving and special and it’s more than okay to receive help. We have already seen how much this message has meant to the women who use this service,” Vickers said.

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