The Leaders & Young Leaders

We are very lucky as we have a strong leadership team at 1st Coaley Brownies. They are:

Brown Owl
(Anne Anderson)


Anne took over running the unit back in January 2002. She is also the District Commissioner, a role she shares with another Ann in the District. She holds her Brownie indoor and outdoor residential licence and is also qualified to take the girls away internationally.


Young Leader

Imy was a Coaley Brownie & Guide. When she reached 14 she started helping as a Young Leader at another Brownie unit in the District. When that unit closed she moved back to Coaley, her home village, where she has been with us since September 2012. She is working on her Adult Leader Qualification. 


Young Leader

Raven was a Brownie & Guide within the District. She has decided she'd like to help with the younger girls and so started at Coaley in April 2013. She is working on her Young Leader Qualification.


Young Leader

Becky is working on the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme at school and wanted to do some volunteering as part of that scheme. Already a Senior member at our local unit she asked if she could join us for three months.

Philip Anderson

Unit Helper

Philip is Anne's husband and became an official unit helper not long after Anne took over the unit when she was a lone Guider. Since the birth of their daughter Philip takes more of a back seat, only helping out at meetings or on trips when we need him.

We Are Your Leaders

We are not experts. We are your neighbours. We're not perfect; we are just parents, just like you.

We don't have any more spare time or energy than you do. We all work full time and juggle our families and our schedules and try to keep it all together as best we can.

The only difference between us is that we believe in what Girl Guiding has to offer. So much so, that we contribute our time, our miles, and our talents to help our girls and your girls grow in Guiding.

We complete authorisation forms, budgets and registrations and fill our homes with boxes of paperwork, books and craft supplies that you will never see.

We give up time with our families to undertake many hours of training as well as attend various meetings so that we can meet our greatest challenge - providing a variety of programmes that meet the needs, and interests, of very individual girls.

We try to involve parents who want us to understand that they don't have the time to drive on outings or help at meetings. We rejoice at the generosity of others.

Life happens! Sometimes we find ourselves going in too many directions. We run out of steam. We have memory lapses. Communication lines break down. Time slips by, but that doesn't mean that we don't care.

So many evenings we spend on the phone, seeking advice and support from other leaders when disappointments or problems occur. "How do I keep my girls' attention?", "What are your ideas for the coming term?", "How do you work with girls in different age groups?"

Our dining tables are covered with bits of rope, menus, trip permits, craft supplies, paperwork and badges for each and every girl in the unit. A couple of them won't show up and don't think to call and let us know. Sometimes we feel unappreciated.

Yet, these girls can fill us with pride at their determination and accomplishments. Their smiles light up a room and when they say "Thank You" it makes it all worth it.

We help these girls build relationships. Some struggle more than others. Consideration, loyalty, helpfulness, friendliness... is encouraged by the Girl Guide Promise and Law. And sometimes we too must learn these lessons over and over again with the girls. But we are willing to keep learning.

Please be patient if we appear distracted or frustrated or overwhelmed at times. Forgive us if we are not the kind of leader you would be if you had the time. Instead, provide us with encouragement or offer your help. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

We are, after all, only mentor...role model...leaders. Volunteers who have taken an oath to give these girls, your girls, the most precious gift we have to offer - the gift of time.

Please talk to one of the Leaders if you wish to discuss what your daughter is learning or doing (or not doing) at her meetings.

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