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We love seeing our members recognised with national and regional awards for their outstanding commitment and achievements. The awards listed below are  discretionary, meaning fellow volunteers nominate the recipient and their guiding colleagues write citations in support. We have provided summaries of these so please take a look to hear the wonderful things people had to say. Well done and thank you to all – we are blessed to have you in Girlguiding!

To find out more about nominating people for discretionary awards please see our thanks and recognition page!

National Awards

Silver Fish

Margaret Lester, Silver Fish

Margaret is a Leader in Northumberland, she has held roles at all levels in Girlguiding including, County Commissioner for Northumberland and Durham North. Adviser for both Region and National community action and is a Trainer. The Silver Fish is presented for distinguished service in guiding.  Read the citations!

Hilary Cooper, Silver Fish

Hilary is a Leader and Trainer from North Tyneside and held the role of Chief Commissioner for Girlguiding North East England from 2009-2014. In March 2021 she was presented with the Silver Fish, in recognition of her distinguished service to all areas of guiding. Read the citations!

Alison Gordon, Silver Fish

Alison is a Leader and Trainer from Newcastle and our former Chief Commissioner for Girlguiding North East England. In 2020 she was presented with the Silver Fish, Girlguiding’s highest volunteer award, which is given to a very small number of people in recognition of distinguished service to all areas of guiding. Read the citations!

Jill Webb, Silver Fish

Jill is a Leader and Trainer from Huddersfield and lead national volunteer for Safeguarding. In 2021 she was presented with the Silver Fish, Girlguiding’s highest volunteer award, in recognition of her astonishing service to all areas of guiding. Read the citations!

Guiding Star

Laurel Award

Christine Kenyon, Laurel Award

Christine is a leader in North Yorkshire North East and Deputy Chief Commissioner. Read the citations!

Kirsty Quince, Laurel Award

Kirsty is a leader in North Yorkshire North East. Read the citations!

Pat Padgett, Laurel Award

Pat is a Leader and Vice President in South Yorkshire. Read the citations!

Judi Edwards, Laurel Award

Judi is a Leader and Mentor from North Yorkshire West. Read the citations!

Bronia Trynka-Watson, Laurel Award

Bronia is a Leader and Trainer from East Yorkshire. Read the citations!

Diane Farrer, Laurel Award

Di is a Leader, Trainer and County Commissioner for Durham South. Read the citations!

Region Awards

Chief Commissioners Award

Neave Huntsman, Chief Commissioner  Award

Janice is a leader in North Yorkshire North East. Read the citations!

Rebecca Storey, Chief Commissioner  Award

Rebecca is a leader in North Yorkshire North East. Read the citations!

Janice Pickles, Chief Commissioner  Award

Janice is a leader in North Yorkshire West. Read the citations!

Anna Bambrick, Chief Commissioner  Award

Anna is a leader in Northumberland, Peer Educator and assisted with the virtual Postcards events. Read the citations!

Gillian Teasdale, Chief Commissioner  Award

Gillian is a leader and County Commissioner for  Northumberland. Read the citations!

Susan Dickinson, Chief Commissioner  Award

Susan is a leader in North Yorkshire North East and our Region GO adviser  Read the citations!

Joyce Anson, Chief Commissioner  Award

Joyce is a Leader in North Yorkshire North East  Read the citations!

Liz Kelly, Chief Commissioner  Award

Liz is a leader in Northumberland and also our Region International Adviser. Read the citations!

Christine Ridsdale, Chief Commissioner Award

Christine is a Leader in North Yorkshire North East and a County vice president. Read the citations!

Debs Wynn, Chief Commissioner Award

Debs is a Leader in North Yorkshire North East and has been our Region Senior Section Adviser. Read the citations!

Kath Haigh, Chief Commissioner Award

Lynne was County Commissioner for West Yorkshire South 2014-2021 Read the citations! 

Lynne Gascoigne, Chief Commissioner Award

Lynne was County Commissioner for West Yorkshire South 2014-2021 Read the citations! 

Daphne Woffinden, Chief Commissioner Award

Daphne is County Secretary and Vice President for South Yorkshire. Read the citaions!

Diane Harryman, Chief Commissioner Award

Diane is a Leader and Adviser in North Yorkshire South and is a Region Trainer. Read the citation!

Laura Harryman, Chief Commissioner Award

Laura is a Leader in North Yorkshire South and Sheffield,  she is also our Region ICE Co-ordinator. Read the citations!

Sally Jackson, Chief Commissioner Award

Sally is a Leader and County Adviser from North Yorkshire South. Read the citations!

Crown Award

The Crown Award is for members aged 4-18, find out more here.

National Achievements

Queen's Guide Award

Find out more about the Queen’s Guide Awards here.

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Holly Steel Gold Girlguiding East Yorkshire
Kathryn Grace Fieldson Gold Girlguiding Lincolnshire North
Mhairi McElhoney Silver Girlguiding Durham South
Georgia Thompson Silver Girlguiding South Yorkshire
Lola-Mae Ingall Bronze Girlguiding West Yorkshire North
Lucy McAteer Bronze Girlguiding West Yorkshire South
Charlotte McBride Bronze Girlguiding West Yorkshire South
Amelia Ward Bronze Girlguiding West Yorkshire South

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