A Girlguiding member from Cambridge has been awarded the ultimate accolade for young women – the Queen’s Guide Award – demonstrating her exceptional leadership and community action.
Helen Dye, 27, from Milton, has proven herself to be a powerful force for good in her community – having spent several years completing a series of demanding challenges to achieve the top honour.
Helen, who has been involved in guiding for more than 20 years, was presented with the prestigious award by Chief Guide Gill Slocombe at a special ceremony held at Goldsmiths’ Hall in London on 21 November.
The Queen’s Guide Award, open to young women in guiding aged 16 to 25, encourages them to make a positive difference to the world around them – while boosting their aspirations, leadership skills and confidence.
The girl-lead programme sets members a series of demanding challenges, including embarking on an ambitious four-day expedition, overseeing a ground-breaking community action project and devoting a year to cultivating a skill of their choice.
As part of her Queen’s Guide programme, Marketing Executive Helen took part in the Young Women’s World Forum – an event organised by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and attended by women from across the globe.
She also went on a voyage of discovery to the Highlands and worked in the media team at a huge Girlguiding centenary camp in Leeds.
She said: “During my Queen’s Guide Award I learnt to lead groups even though I’ve always been a shy person.”
Chief Guide Gill Slocombe, said: “The Queen’s Guide Award embodies all that’s best about guiding. The adventures that recipients experience, the skills they learn and the friendships and confidence they build will last a lifetime – and prove immensely valuable as they pursue their goals in life.
“This challenge has helped them become confident, skilled, self-reliant young women ready to make a positive difference to the world around them, and I have no doubt that they will.”
Helen joins an impressive list of former Queen’s Guide Award recipients including BBC journalist Kate Silverton.
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