Rebecca’s surprise Laurel Award Presentation
On Monday 3 October Rebecca Cook was awarded with the Laurel Award for her outstanding contribution to Girlguiding. At her normal meeting place with a full company of Brownies from 1st Rawcliffe (St. Mark’s) Brownie Unit, she was surprised by a large number of former colleagues, friends and fellow volunteers and presented with her badge, certificate and a special cake.
Rebecca said “My presentation was a complete surprise and it was amazing to see so many guiding friends from around the country as well as York. I was pleased that my presentation took place at a normal Brownie meeting, so they had the opportunity to share it. I’m told they knew for 2 weeks about the presentation and they kept it a secret!
I really enjoy being involved in Girlguiding, it has given me so many opportunities to try something new on so many different occasions throughout my life. Receiving this award was a complete surprise and I am flattered that people see me in this light, however, everything I have achieved in my Guiding life has been shared in some way with other people, so a big part of this honour belongs to them too, Guiding is something you cannot do alone, it brings you lifelong friends, and being around young people definitely keeps you ‘on your toes’ and I can’t think of a better way to spend some of my time. I would always encourage more women to get involved with this style of youth work, it is very rewarding.”
Within the Region of North East England, fewer than 50 people have been presented with this award as it recognises truly outstanding commitment, achievement and contribution to Girlguiding for both girls and adults.
The Region Chief Commissioner, Alison Gordon presented Rebecca with her award, alongside the local County Commissioner, Judith Bellamy.
Alison spoke fondly of how her and Rebecca had worked together nationally on Brownie plans and congratulated her on her achievement. There were a few unexpected visitors, including Caroline Davis who gave a speech outlining Rebecca’s contributions to International guiding and to the development of Brownies nationally, including her role in planning the Big Brownie Birthday in 2014. Another special highlight from the evening was that Rebecca’s own Guide Leader from her years as a Guide came to celebrate Rebecca’s award, having travelled from Gloucestershire to join the celebrations.