Our most recent Queen’s Guide and Olave-Baden Powell Award recipients were celebrated in a very special ceremony at Government House on 1 April 2023.
Girl Guides and their families joined Scouts from across Victoria for the special occasion at the invitation of the Honourable Linda Dessau AC CVO, Governor of Victoria and President of Girl Guides Victoria, and her husband Mr Anthony Howard AM KC.
The cool, rainy Autum Melbourne weather couldn’t dampen the spirits as the ceremony unfolded on the prestigious Government House lawn.
This year, 14 Queen’s Guide Awards were presented. The Queen’s Guide Award is the peak achievement award for Youth Members of Girl Guides Australia.
Two Olave Baden-Powell Awards were presented. The Olave Baden-Powell Award is the peak achievement for Olave Members aged 18-29.
Queen’s Guide Awardees
- Abigail Bates
- Eleanor Bates
- Amy Bell
- Flora Campbell-Wright
- Kiamah Dowling
- Zahara Harrison
- Hannah Lanfranchi
- Charlotte Le Guier
- Ashlee McQueen
- Jasmine Pole
- Emily Reaburn
- Pollyanna Smith
- Olivia Snieg
- Sarah Wallace
Olave Baden-Powell Awardees
- Emma Grigg
- Melissa Cugley
The Awards were presented by Her Excellency, the Honourable Linda Dessau, Governor of Victoria, and Guides were formally congratulated by Girl Guides Victoria State Commissioner Linda Kors.
Guides were honoured to have Girl Guides Australia Chief Commissioner Helen Reid join the celebrations, along with Victorian Assistant Commissioners Deb Abbs and Rebecca Cartwright, Victorian Governance Chair Michele Stokes, Girl Guides Victoria CEO Amy Timoshanko, and Victorian Queens Guide Coordinator Janet O’Meara.
Past Queen’s Guide recipient Zoe de Paola joined Scouts Victoria State Youth Commissioner Charlie O’Neill centre stage as combined Master of Ceremonies for the occasion.
Following the ceremony, Guides and Scouts joined together in the stunning grounds of Government House for a well-deserved morning tea.
Guides then headed to Canterbury Guide Hall for a celebratory luncheon with their families and supporters.
BRAVO to all our recipients on their incredible achievements and thank you to all those who have supported their Guiding journeys.
You can watch the ceremony in full here.
Thank you to Scouts Victoria for additional photos.