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January 15, 2018

Welcome to Gofer Express!!

This is a bi-weekly information update for all adult members in Edmonton who have an email address in iMIS. If you know Guiders who do not have email access, please pass this information along.

Happy New Year to all our Edmonton Area members!  This week’s Gofer Express is jam packed full of important information; please take the time to read to the end!


We are delighted to welcome Ilena Deluca-Parsons to the administrative team at the Edmonton Area office.  Ilena has previous experience in administration, sales, customer service and retail.  She has 3 kids that keep her very busy and loves to travel, read and do yoga in her spare time.  Please join us in extending a very warm welcome to Ilena!


Thank you to all Guiders, girls and their families who attended the Jan 1st Oil Kings game.  We had over 800 Guiding family members at the game.  We also had 5 travel groups selling pucks for the Chuck A Puck fundraiser.  Those groups raised over $2500 for their travels; thank you if you bought a puck or two!



Attention Guiders, Trefoil Guild Members and Rangers! Light the Bridge is looking for you! 

We need excited volunteers to come help welcome all the participants to this year's Light the Bridge! 

Volunteer Positions: 

Bus Geeting

Bus Directing 

Route Marshaling 


If you, your guild or unit would like to volunteer please contact Hazel to be put in contact with the Light the Bridge planners.  All volunteers will receive a crest to thank them for their assistance. 


Please also remember to register your unit for Light the Bridge by the January 31st deadline. The registration form can be found on the area website (




It is a requirement of our camp rental agreement for all groups that at least one person (who will be at the camp) has attended an orientation session within the last 5 years. During the session, participants tour all the sites at the facility and are shown various emergency and maintenance procedures relating to buildings and equipment. Cooks (kitchen staff) are required to have an orientation as well if you are renting either Spruce Wing or Poplar Wing.


Sunday, February 18th, Sunday, April 15 and Sunday, June 17th


With the renovations done this summer at Redwood House, it is highly recommended that anyone booking this facility retake the orientation. Orientations start at 3PM. Please meet at Redwood House and dress for the weather. Although there is no charge to attend the orientation you must pre-register. Email 



Sunday, February 25th, Sunday, April 22nd and Sunday, June 24th


Orientations start at 3PM. Please meet at Hilltop House and dress for the weather. Although there is no charge to attend the orientation you must pre-register. Email




Trainings for January - see website for more details and to register

  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018 – Traveller’s Notebook by Nadine Beyersbergen Weiting and Maryanne Beyersbergen
  • Thursday, January 18, 2018 – Sing and Play Workshop (guitar and ukulele) for Rangers and Guiders by Dawn Nowicki and Marion Rex
  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – Felting by Mae Hadley
  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – Weird Science by Leanne Hemphill and Janelle Godzisz
  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – Building Your District through Awards and Recognition by Marion Rex

Trainings for February - see website for more details and to register

  • Thursday, February 15, 2018 – Sing and Play Workshop (guitar and ukulele) for Rangers and Guiders by Dawn Nowicki and Marion Rex
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 – Safe Guide by Nadine Beyersbergen Weiting and Maryanne Beyersbergen
  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – Safe Guide by Mae Hadley and Tanya Watts
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018 – OAL Training (some residential and outdoor camping elements


Multi-Faceted is scheduled for March 9-11, 2018 in Red Deer. The theme is Once Upon a Time. Registration forms are due by February 9, 2018.  Register early (on the provincial website) to guarantee you get your first choice. Registration is open to Rangers.


SAVE THE DATE:  Singing Circle! Edmonton Area Singing Circle is scheduled for the first weekend of June (June 1-3, 2018) we are currently looking for a venue that is cost effective so location and cost TBD. Join Guiders from across the province for a weekend of singing old guiding favorites and learning new songs. Bring your instrument to practice playing along with singers. 


Training Cars 

More Train locomotives and a new car for 2018 are on order! Sign up for trainings to earn the new crest.



The Spark, Brownie and Guide friendship camps are all now full with waitlists.  Registration for the Pathfinder Friendship camp will be this week.  Stay tuned to the area website for updates.



Do you know a young Albertan who has done great things despite difficult circumstances?

Consider nominating them for a Great Kids Award.  The Great Kids Award recognizes young leaders aged 5-18, who have inspired and changed the lives of other, and helped build stronger communities.  These young people have done so while experiencing life’s challenges such as managing a physical disability or mental illness, standing up against bulling, or overcoming a difficult living situation. 


What’s in it for our young people?

The Minister of Children’s Services will send all nominees a certificate of recognition. Award recipients will also receive:

  •  An invitation to an awards ceremony, including a special meal sponsored by Fantasyland Hotel and the opportunity to meet the Minister;
  •  A night’s stay with their families at the Fantasyland Hotel;
  •  A West Edmonton Mall attractions pass; and
  •  A special trophy from Children’s Services.


Imagine the difference this award could make in the life of a young Albertan. Consider nominating them for a Great Kids Award!  Nominations are open until 4 p.m. on November 24, 2017. For a nomination form and more information, visit



The countdown is on to our annual food drive, Hike for Plenty, supporting Edmonton’s Food Bank.  We are nine short weeks away from the event and this year, more than ever, the Food Bank needs our support.  To help you promote this vital service project, we will be sharing some interesting stats with Guiders, which will hopefully help you in motivating your girls to participate. 


Stat #3: Did you know that the Edmonton Food Bank takes items that are non-food related?  Toiletries, feminine hygiene and toilet paper are all welcomed and appreciated.


Stat #4: Did you know that the Edmonton Food Bank has 44 staff and over 1700 volunteers listed in their online system?  In 2016, the Edmonton Food Bank benefitted from over 76,000 hours of volunteer time!



This is a new feature in Gofer Express where we will be sharing information on our sisters in Guiding that may be of interest to members within Edmonton area.  Examples of this include retirements, awards won outside of Guiding or sharing wishes of health and good fortune.

With great sadness, we share the passing of Purple Trefoil member, Mary Gerritsen.  Below is the obituary from the Edmonton Journal.

GERRITSEN, Mary Marion
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Mary Gerritsen of Edmonton, Alberta on Monday, January 1, 2018 at the St. Joseph's Auxiliary Hospital at the age of 83 years, after a courageous battle with cancer. Mary will be sadly missed by her husband, Bill; daughter, Shelley and son, Robert; brother, Jim; grandsons, Michael, Sammuel, Jaykob and Cole and granddaughter, Kora- Lee; mother-in-law, Truus and many nieces and nephews. Mary was predeceased by her parents, Pearl and Stephan Krykowski, sister- in-law, Dorothy Krykowski, and brother-in- law, Jake Vandenbrink.

Mary was a graduate from the EGH School of Nursing and practiced as an RN until 1993. 
Mary enjoyed travelling and camping and spent many years serving in both Girl Guides and Boy Scouts of Canada. She also enjoyed playing bridge with many of her friends.

A Funeral Service was held Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John's the Evangelist Anglican Church, 11111-57 Avenue NW, Edmonton.

The family expresses their sincere gratitude to the nurses and staff of the Grey Nuns Hospital and St. Joseph's Auxiliary Hospital. In lieu of other tributes, donations may be made to the charity of one's choice

Please email Deputy Commissioner, Kathy House, if you have a submission for this section at




Do you love planning events? Do you want to help Edmonton Area have some fun? We are looking for someone to take on the role of event coordinator.  The role involves matching up potential events with the right people to plan and organize them. It is not the role of planning and running all the events, but ensuring they run smoothly.

This person will work with all the advisers (training, program, camping, PR) as well as the Area Commissioner and the office staff to be the contact point for people and events. The potential of events are limitless in Edmonton Area and we want to get out and have fun with it!

Some possible upcoming events: Pride parade, Remembrance Day events, K-days parade, a Guider camp out, a day at the zoo, a football game (and sleepover on the field), serving at the Hope Mission, an Area Rally, Grey Cup activities, and on and on   . . .

So who are you? You are energetic, enthusiastic and full of ideas. You have the time and drive to go out and talk to Guiders about events and recruit new people to help plan and organize them. You are organized and capable of handling several events at one time.

Is this you? Have you always wanted to get more involved in Guiding, or are looking for a change? Contact Heather at if you are interested!




Belonging to a the worldwide organization known as World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) makes Edmonton Area Girls part of something much larger. Each year we raise and donate money to the Canadian World Friendship Fund (CWFF).  This fund is used to help with projects around the world and supports members traveling internationally. This year we are trying to raise more money and have a little fun doing it.


What to do:

Start collecting dimes. Challenge your members in different ways to collect them. Maybe 1 dime for every year old they are, or 1 for every television or cell phone in their house, be creative! Then let the creativity happen. Stack them, count them, and make a picture with them. Show off how many your group collected!


Then what happens:

Take some photos! Show us what you have collect. Tell us how much you have collected and bring the donation to Edmonton Area to be forwarded on to the CWFF. Please fill out the bottom portion of this form and submit it to Ilena (with your photos) at by FEBRUARY 21, 2018 to be entered into the draw. There will be prizes awarded for total money collected per member as well as most creative displays. Winners will be announced at Light the Bridge on February 22, 2018.




April 22, 2018 - Edmonton Area Galaxyland Fundraiser - more details coming in February.  Tickets will be available at the February area meeting.


May 8, 2018 - Area Banquet held at the Chateau Louis Conference Centre.  Further details will be shared in February.   



There are several positions available on Area Council. We are currently looking for a:

  1. Membership Adviser (help us grow Guiding and keep the wonderful people we have now),
  2. International Adviser (help plan and organize amazing opportunities for our members),

Interested? Check out the Job descriptions on the website, under What’s New and submit your application to


We love getting pictures of Edmonton Area Members in action! Now we’ve made it easier than ever to send us pictures using your Dropbox account. Just send your folder link to, and confirm that all girls have an IR.1 indicating yes and your photos will be included at the Area Dinner slide show, on the Edmonton Area website, or even in Gofer Tales!


Area office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. The office is open till 7 pm on the first Wednesday of the month. (Call the office before coming in after hours just to make sure it will be open).


There is a secure mailbox located at the back entrance of Alberta Girl Guide House.  You can put your paperwork, etc. in the slot and it will be picked up the next business day. Please ensure your item(s) are in an envelope with Edmonton Area noted on the front (there are no envelopes provided at the mailbox). Also, it takes letter size only; do not attempt to put binders or other large items in - they will not fit!


For your Safe Guide forms or questions –

Hazel – adult iMIS, trainings, FR.1s, girls iMIS, invoices and general 

Ilena - camp bookings, event info and booking area resources -

Area Commissioner (Heather Monahan) –

Edmonton Area Website:


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