Introducing Jo, County Commissioner

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How long have you been volunteering with Girlguiding?

33 years and counting!

What is it about your experience with Girlguiding that inspired you to volunteer?

I was a Brownie, Guide, Ranger and Young Leader and had some great experiences, especially on camps and trips abroad. I enjoyed being a Young Leader and wanted to carry on working with Brownies as an adult volunteer.

Why do you feel it’s important to volunteer for Girlguiding?

Volunteering with Girlguiding means you give girls and young women the chance to have amazing adventures and experiences that they’ll never forget.

What has been the highlight of your time with Girlguiding?

I’ve had so many! Being flooded out on my first Guide camp and having to evacuate to the local village hall for the rest of the week; travelling to Guide camp in the back of a lorry; achieving the Queen’s Guide award aged 13; touring Europe twice with the National Guide and Scout Orchestra; singing at the Royal Albert Hall with 1,000 other Guides; attending events at Buckingham Palace; visiting the World Centres in Switzerland, Mexico, India and London; taking a group of Guides to World Camp in 1999 (including Ellen Mitchell, who was a Guide at the time). I could go on and on!

What are you most looking forward to during your time as County Commissioner? 

Helping to support volunteers to carry out their roles to the best of their abilities, and encouraging more volunteers to join us, so that we can continue to deliver to girls in Croydon a positive experience and the skills to become the best they can be.

Hannah Burgess