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media release #3: Looking for Change

by on June 4, 2010

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

GUIDING VOLUNTEERS LOOKING

FOR CHANGE AT PROVINCIAL COUNCIL

Wednesday, June 2, 2010: A group of concerned Girl Guide volunteers, calling themselves On My Honour, is looking for fundamental changes to Guiding operations within the province of Ontario. The group is proposing a “new transformation” that would begin at the grassroots level and affect change at the provincial and even national levels.

The grassroots transformation would see a moratorium placed on the sale of camps in the province and reopen discussions regarding the criteria and decisions for camp closures. The group would also like to see the implementation of an ombudsman and the development of an appeal process to be used in Ontario.

The group has had ongoing issues with the lack of transparency and communication between the Ontario Council and grassroots Guiding volunteers, especially regarding fiscal management. In response, they are proposing the establishment of new mechanisms for communication as well as a collaborative approach to developing strategic and sustainable plans for dealing with the provincial deficit.

One of the root causes of the ongoing issues between many Guiding volunteers and the provincial council is a transformation that took place in 2007, which resulted in the elimination of Area, Division and District Councils throughout the entire province. On My Honour would like to see the reestablishment of democratic regional representation on provincial council, as one way of improving communication and accountability.

“We want to work with the provincial and national councils on solutions to the problems that are currently plaguing Girl Guides in Ontario,” said Denise Calvert. “This is not about us, it is about preserving the integrity of Guiding for future generations of girls. We sincerely hope that those at top of the Guiding hierarchy will recognize that there are problems and grassroots Guiding volunteers are putting forward reasonable steps toward solving some of those issues.”

The On My Honour grassroots campaign group encourages all those interested in learning more about the failed transformation of Guiding in Ontario to visit their website at www.onmyhonour.ca

Media inquiries should be directed to On My Honour at 705 220-4122 or 705 716-9727.

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