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April 4, 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.

 

UPCOMING EDMONTON AREA TRAININGS

See website for more details and to register

 

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

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.

 

EDMONTON LAW DAY

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 ink: http://lawdayalberta.weebly.com/edmonton.html

 

EDMONTON AREA ARCHERY PROGRAM

Ever wondered what the Edmonton Area Archery program is about? Want to get a feel for what it would be like to become a Qualified Archery  Leader (QAL) and teach our membership to successfully acquire the skills to do Archery? We are offering a day to find out.

The QAL team will be at the Tangle Trees Archery Range April 28/18, 10am-4pm where we will assist those who are interested to find out what the Archery program is all about. We will have the range set up for you to try Archery.  No experience is necessary. We will have QAL’s available to help you to be a successful Archer, learn about the equipment, safety and play some archery games.

Note: This is only a snipit, not the full comprehensive QAL program to see if you are interested in becoming a QAL.  You will need to bring your own lunch, snacks, drink for the day and a camp chair. Dress for the weather.  Contact Judy Nicolas jnicolas@telus.net for more information  

PROVINCIAL ARCHIVES OPPORTUNITY

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 10:00am-Noon and 1-3pm

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).  http://provincialarchives.alberta.ca/

 

To book your Pathfinder or Ranger unit, please contact: jaclyn.landry@gov.ab.ca or call 780-427-1119 for more information.

 

REGISTRATION 2018-2019

Online registration for next year is about to begin!  A reminder that the following schedule applies to all BC/AB/NWT/YK based girls.  Please remember that registration times sent out by national are EDT…all registration times will be 8AM MDT.

 

Phase 1 - Monday, April 23rd 8am MDT

This is for all girls returning to their current unit

 

Phase 2 - Monday, May 14th 8am MDT

This is for all girls returning to Guiding (moving units of the same branch and advancing girls)

 

Phase 3 - Monday, June 11th 8am MDT

This is for all new girls to Guiding

 

NEW LINKS UNIT

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 hazel@guidesedmonton.ab.ca.  For further information on Link and how to get involved please emaillink@albertagirlguides.com.

 

CAMP ORIENTATIONS

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.

TANGLETREES

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 Hazel@guidesedmonton.ab.ca. 

 

SANDY LAKE BEACH

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 Hazel@guidesedmonton.ab.ca

 

SAVE THE DATE

 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.

 

AVAILABLE COUNCIL POSITIONS

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 areacommissioner@guidesedmonton.ab.ca.

SEND US YOUR PICTURES!

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 hazel@guidesedmonton.ab.ca, 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!

OFFICE HOURS

Area office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday.

 

FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE

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!

EMAILS YOU ALWAYS NEED:

For your Safe Guide forms or questions – assessor@albertagirlguides.com

Hazel – adult iMIS, trainings, FR.1s, girls iMIS, invoices, camp bookins, event info, booking area resources and general infohazel@guidesedmonton.ab.ca 

Area Commissioner (Heather Monahan) – areacommissioner@guidesedmonton.ab.ca

Edmonton Area Website: www.guidesedmonton.ab.ca

THANK YOU!

We hope you enjoyed this edition of Gofer Express. It is a way for us to get information out to our awesome Guiders sooner. Any comments or suggestions may be sent back to the email address: goferexpress@guidesedmonton.ab.ca.



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