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Girl Guides Victoria welcomes new CEO

Girl Guides Victoria is pleased to announce the appointment of Shannon Cheal as the new CEO.

Message from Shannon:

“Hello Girl Guides Victoria members.¬†

I’m so excited to join the GGV team as CEO, and I look forward to learning more about the wonderful Guiding activities happening all over Victoria.

I was a Brownie Guide in the 1980s, a Lulagully, with a Unit in Ringwood. I understand the long-term benefits of participation in Girl Guides because of the way it shaped my character and the person I have become. Brownies helped me to develop empathy, practice leadership, and fostered a sense of curiosity and adventure. 

Later on I studied History and English Literature at university and spent many years volunteering as a youth leader. Many of my best memories are from leading camps with friends old and new, creating unique moments of community, fun, and laughter together. 

I have over fifteen¬†years’ experience¬†working in the not-for-profit sector. I spent many years working with young people in education, employment, and training.¬†Most recently I worked in the disability sector managing the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).¬†I completed post-graduate study in Social Policy, and I enjoy leadership roles and working with strong, committed teams.

My¬†proudest moments have been supporting people to take bold steps and embrace new challenges ‚Äď from young people on camps trying new things to team members taking their first steps into leadership roles. My most important value is acknowledging the inherent dignity in each person I meet.¬†We can all make a profound difference to others by choosing to enhance potential, instead of diminishing ourselves and others.

At home I am the proud owner of an Airedale terrier puppy named Lemon. I spend time exercising and entertaining her so she doesn‚Äôt chew my cushions or dig too many holes in my garden.¬†Unfortunately these strategies are¬†largely¬†unsuccessful and she has chewed the stuffing out of several cushions, two dog beds, and every soft toy I’ve ever bought her. We are starting obedience training very soon!

I am a member of two community groups in my local area, and I hold governance responsibilities as Secretary for one of them. 

Thank you for welcoming me to Girl Guides Victoria.¬†I am honoured to join your wonderful organisation, with its interesting history and bright future.”

Shannon Cheale will be starting in the role from 12 August, 2019. GGV would like to thank Lenore Cairney for acting in the role of CEO, and Kerrie Morton and Mel Reoch for joining Lenore in a management team to ensure the effective management of GGV since June 2019. 

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