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March 5, 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 attended our 3rd Annual Light the Bridge!  If you were in attendance, you may have noticed that the bridge was only green, not all the Guiding colours.  Upon discussion with the City of Edmonton, we found out there was a computer glitch the night of our event which made the lights green.  The City of Edmonton was very apologetic and will be featuring our Guiding colours, this Friday, March 9th.  Please feel free to share this information with your families.  A big thank you to Regan and her team for organizing such an amazing night.  Crests for all participants will be given out at April’s council meeting.



The countdown is on to our annual food drive, Hike for Plenty, supporting Edmonton’s Food Bank.  We are 12 short days away from the event and this year, more than ever, the Food Bank needs our support.  For the last four months, we have been sharing some interesting stats with you  which will hopefully help you in motivating your girls to participate. 


Stat #7: Did you know that 40% of the people receiving food through the Edmonton Food Bank hamper programs are under 18 years old? 


Below are details about March 17th including drop locations for food that has been collected:


Food Bank trucks will be at the following locations: 

Bonnie Doon Mall (SE parking lot)           10 am to 1 pm 
McClure Church (13708 74 St)                 10 am to 2:30 pm
Oscar Romero School (17760 69 Ave)    10 am to 1 pm
Mill Woods Town Centre(SW parking lot 10 am to 1 pm *Flash Mob at 12:30 pm*
Food Bank Warehouse (11508 120 St)   8:30 am - 4:30 pm

You may bring your items to one of our collection spots between times listed  Most needed items include: Beans with or without Pork; Macaroni and Cheese or pasta and sauce; Canned fish or meat; Peanut Butter; Soup; Canned fruits or vegetables. Ethnic foods are welcome. 

If you would like to be a part of the Flash Mob at Mill Woods arrive around 12:30 pm and at 12:35 pm we will line up when the music starts to form a kick line. Don't forget to bring a canned item for the Food Bank. After the kick line we will build a pyramid of cans, take a group photo, and draw for prizes.



A friendly reminder that all award nominations are due to Edmonton area by Wednesday, March 7th.  Thank you for everyone who has taken the time to nominate one of their sisters in Guiding.



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 9:30am-3:30pm 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 link:



Thanks to all of the units who participated in this challenge in support of CWFF.  Over $1700 was raised thanks to this unique initiative.  Be sure to visit the Edmonton Area website to see photos of some the incredible creations with dimes.  Twelve pizza parties were awarded to units at Light the Bridge. 



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



Calling all Pathfinder and Ranger units!  Again this year, NAIT is hosting the Experience Your Future event on Thursday, March 8th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm.  Girls will have the opportunity to try three trades and technology programs and see all the possibilities offered at NAIT.  To register your unit, please contact Stephanie Fuhrer via email at   



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.  Further details will be shared later this month.   



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 (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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