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March 20, 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.



Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Hike for Plenty benefiting the Edmonton Food Bank.  We are still in the process of tallying the final numbers, however, it does look like we exceeded last year’s number.  Crests for all participants will be distributed at a future area meeting.  A big thank you to Lori Mathieu and her Hike for Plenty team for making this such a successful event.


See website for more details and to register


Saturday, April 28, 2018 – OAL Training (some residential and outdoor camping elements)


Nature Centre Activities

 March 28th 2018

This sessions will take place from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Alberta Guide House in the basement. These sessions are for Guiders only.  The trainer for these sessions is Tiger Rousseau and she can be contacted at for more information.

Learn about the OWLS Nest and the activities contained within.  There is no cost to the workshop but you must pre-register with Ilena at the Edmonton Area office. Registration deadline is the Friday before the workshop.  No supplies needed.

SAVE THE DATE:  Singing Circle! Edmonton Area Singing Circle is scheduled for the first weekend of June (June 1-3, 2018) and will be held at the Fort Saskatchewan Boy Scout and Girl Guide Hall. Join Guiders from across the province for a weekend of singing old guiding favourites and learning new songs. Bring your instrument to practice playing along with singers.  Registration information will be available in a few weeks - check the area website.



Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 21st from 9:30 am-3:30 pm for this educational, fun day at the Law Courts.  This is a free event for members of Guiding to learn about the legal system in an interactive way.  For more information click on this ink: 



Visit the Provincial Archives of Alberta’s state-of-the-art facility and see the amazing treasure trove of historic documents and media collected for future generations to enjoy and learn from!  Discover what an archive is, and see the one-of-a-kind collections in our vaults that document Alberta’s interesting and unique past.  Tour behind the scenes to see how collections are processed and stored and learn more about the technical and creative work that women lead at the Provincial Archives each day. View our current exhibit 150 Firsts: How Alberta Changed Canada…Forever and see archival records from our collection that embody the spirit of the Girl Guide program.  This 2 hour program is free and is designed for Pathfinders and Rangers, and all participants will receive a complimentary 150 Firsts badge. Each participant is encouraged to bring a non-perishable donation for the Edmonton Food Bank.  

Program Dates/Times: 

Monday, April 23rd *Evening

Wednesday, April 25th *Evening

Saturday, April 28th 10:00 am-Noon and 1-3 pm

Tuesday, May 1st *Evening

Thursday, May 3rd *Evening

*Evening program time to be determined in consultation with registered groups (6:30 or 7pm start)

To fill program offerings multiple units may be registered for the same date and time slot creating bridging opportunities.


The Provincial Archives of Alberta is part of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Heritage Division and is located in south Edmonton at 8555 Roper Road (SE Corner of 51 Avenue and 86 Street).


To book your Pathfinder or Ranger unit, please contact: or call 780-427-1119 for more information.



We are excited to share that a brand new Link unit has opened up in Edmonton! Being a member of a Link unit will allow members to connect with each other to work on the Link program, develop friendships, and of course have fun! If you would like to join the unit in Edmonton please email  For further information on Link and how to get involved please email



 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, 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, 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



 May 8, 2018 - Area Banquet held at the Chateau Louis Conference Centre.  Don’t forget each district is asked to donate a “Dream” themed prize for our door prizes.  These items are due to Edmonton area by Tuesday, May 1st.



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),

We will have two additional positions available as of June 30th, 2018 as the current advisers’ terms will be completed. 

  1. Camping Adviser (help provide camping specific trainings and events for Edmonton area members),
  2. Training Adviser (help plan and organize TEAM training sessions for all members in Edmonton area).

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 in November and December (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, camp bookings and general 

Area Commissioner (Heather Monahan) –

Edmonton Area Website:


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