SVI News October 7, 2012
Welcome to SVI News!
The SVI News is sent to every adult member and Ranger in SVI Area. It comes out after Area meetings and it contains
information that is time sensitive or that Guiders need to know or can use to develop programming for the girls. We are
making a change in the distribution of materials, so that all upcoming events and programming material will be in the SVI
News and the success, highlights and community connections will in the Lamplighter that will also become an E-
Newsletter. To ensure that all guiders are receiving current and relevant information this change means that our SVI News
issues may have more attached and be longer than 2 pages.
All issues of the SVI News can be found on our website (www.svigirlguides.bc.ca) under Guiding in SVI).
We are happy to announce our newest members of SVI Area Council:
We welcome Sharon Doty, our new Area Commissioner. Sharon has very kindIy provided
us with a brief bio.
I have been in Victoria since 1981 where I attended Uvic for my Bachelor of Music
degree. I put off becoming a teacher when I got married and had my first child. I never got
round to getting my teachers certificate … but now play clarinet in the Greater Victoria
Concert Band. When my kids were of age to be in Guiding, I signed them up as I had had an
amazing 3 year adventure in Guides in Comox. When, at the first Brownie meeting of the year,
they announced that without a Brown Owl, they couldn’t run the group, I volunteered, not
even knowing what a Brown Owl was. (Does that sound familiar to anyone??!) Many
adventures later, I have been a Brownie, Guide, and Pathfinder Guider, District Commissioner,
PR Adviser, member of Division Council, member of the BC International Committee and an
elected member of BC Council. I am a camping addict so have attended , a Provincial camp
in Saskatchewan as a selected BC Guider, 2 Canadian Mosaics with patrols, took girls to a
camp in Sweden on a BC Council Sponsored Independent trip, did an independent trip to
Idaho for a Scouting camp and have been to 4 SOAR’s - three with Patrols and one as staff. I
am also a travel junkie and was Guider in Charge of 12 local girls on an SVI Sponsored
friendship session in Mexico and have since travelled extensively with my husband. I have
been involved with the Party in the Park and other select work recently and do other volunteer
activities as well but am looking forward to being more involved in Guiding. I look at this
opportunity as a chance to encourage, share, and develop skills as we help make SVI a place
where Guiding continues to grow and flourish!
Additionally, Jeannie Cosgrove has accepted the position of Area Program Adviser. New District Commissioner
in Lakes is Anthea Reiner. Contact Commissioner for Camas District is Alyssa Robertson.
Positions are still available at Area Council for Area Camping Adviser, Area Awards Adviser, Area
Treasurer, plus Camas District Commissioner. If you know someone interested please contact
Issue #27 Southern Vancouver Island Area
Camp Clean Ups
Camp clean ups are scheduled for October 20
Booking - New camp booking agent for all camps (Kingswood and Jubilee) and October 27 (Milnes).
is Mae McSorley. Please visit website below for the Refer to the information sheets attached for details.
new booking information, pricing and contact details Please be sure to pass this information on to your
for Mae. Guiding families.
http://svi- From GH Office
All Guiding Members in SVI: Please remember that
when coming to Guide House during working hours
Mon –Fri parking spaces 1-11 are reserved at all
times until 5:30pm. These spaces are paid for by
outside persons and are not available for parking
during these times for any reason.
Starting immediately, all cheques payable to SVI
Area must be clearly indicated in the payee line as
“Girl Guides of Canada – SVI Area”.
MEC Night - Mountain Equipment Co-op Night for
SVI Area Guiders and girls is November 8 from 5pm Area still has some classic cookies available.
to 7pm. 10% discount available on most regularly Contact Darcy at the office.
priced items (must have a MEC membership to
purchase – you can buy one that evening for $5). Finance
Canoeing - Advanced flatwater canoe training Units wishing to make a claim for the 54% non-
available October 13 (tandem) and October 14 camp HST rebate before the end of the year must
(solo). Contact Susan Zedel email@example.com for submit the claim to SVI Area before October 15.
more information Claims received after that date will not be
processed until the spring.
Equpiment - 10 GPS units available from Area and
7 canoes available at Kingswood - minimal cost for Units/Districts/Committees that bank at Coast
Guiders. Information available at website above. Capital – ALL cheques deposited to accounts at
Coast Capital must be made payable to the specific
SOAR 2014 – Cathy Cook and Deb Doerksen have entity – “Girl Guides of Canada – 1st Blank
been appointed as Co-Responsible Guiders for Brownies”. GGC or Girl Guides of Canada is no
SOAR 2014. Locations still under consideration. longer acceptable.
Guiding Mosaic 2016 – Scheduled for July 9-17, HST reverts to GST March 31, 2013 and new forms
2016. will likely be issued. Reminder to Guiders – please
take this change in tax rates into consideration
when budgeting and charging for camps after
March 31, 2013.
Subsidies – SVI Area Subsidy (from the cookie
sales funds as mandated by Girl Guides of Canada
– National Office) is now available for camps,
registration, dues. These requests are kept in
complete confidence. Application form is attached
to this edition of the SVI News.
Issue #27 Southern Vancouver Island Area
PR Material Awards
Watch for new PR material Canada Cord and Chief Commissioner’s Gold
coming soon – tattoos, Award ceremony will be held January 20, 2013.
magnets, bookmarks Pre-meeting for this ceremony is at Guide House
November 20, 2012 at 7 pm.
Have you got some ideas for PR? International
New Twinning Countries (for five years) are
Grenada and Curacao. The Challenge for each
country is available on the National website.
Deadline for application for 2013 international trips
is November 15, 2012.
Oct 18 is Shake Out Day
(http://www.shakeoutbc.ca/ ). See the BC Council
Earthquake Preparedness Challenge for Instant
meetings and crest: http://www.bc-
We are looking for 4 or 5 keen Guiders to join a
group to share ideas, promote events and meet the
media. Email firstname.lastname@example.org by
One of the first OFFICIAL duties of our new Area
Commissioner is to attend the Remembrance Day
Ceremony at the Parliament Buildings where she
will represent all SVI members. We are looking for a For excellent resources concerning Remembrance
Ranger to accompany her. If you are interested Day see:
please contact Colene at 250-881-8883 or www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/veterans-
These are free but need to be ordered before Oct
19 to arrive by Remembrance Day.
New National Service Project now available at
Rangers/Ranger age Trex girls wanted to represent
their age group at Area Council. Please contact
your Guider if you would like to learn about Area
Lamplighter will now be issued 3 times per year –
Council and share the point of view of the
deadlines February 1, May 1, 2013.
Issue #27 Southern Vancouver Island Area
International Trip Fundraisers
Straits/Woodwyn Trip to Europe
- Fundraising Open House and Craft Sale - Saturday, November 24 - Old School House in Brentwood
o Scentsy, Partylite, bake sale, Soroptimist cookbooks, crafts (possibly Avon and Epicure)
- Night Before Late Night Shopping Tickets - $5 each (contact email@example.com )
o info at http://hillsidecentre.com/events
- Knitwits animal toques and gloves (including Sesame Street) – Order forms will be available through
District Commissioners in time to order for Christmas
The Milnes Landing Camp work party will take place October 27th 2012 10am-1pm
A responsible adult must accompany all children attending.
You are welcome to bring your lunch out and have it under the trees.
Report to the Upper cabin to sign in and pick a job.
Please bring rakes, shovels, clippers, heavy axes, chain saws, wheelbarrow, and wedges plus gloves for
Outside jobs are chopping wood, stacking wood, filling potholes, cutting bush and sweeping outside of
We will not be doing any inside jobs at this clean up as both cabins are booked.
The more help we get the faster everything is finished. So if you can give an hour or two to get the
camp in shape for your daughters camping experience we would really appreciate it.
Milnes Landing Camp Committee