Toni-ann Hammond is celebrating after receiving the prestigious Laurel Award from Girlguiding.
The Laurel Award is a national award. It is given to members in recognition of outstanding service to guiding and exceptional leadership. These are members who have made a significant contribution to supporting and developing guiding for both girls and adults.
Toni-ann’s love of the outdoors and commitment to Girlguiding has allowed her to offer many girls and young women the opportunity to take part in fun and adventurous activities that would have otherwise been unachievable.
As volunteer estate manager of the Jarman Centre in Newmarket, Toni-ann has transformed a largely neglected 18-acre woodland estate into a vibrant and busy residential and activity centre for guiding, as well as other youth and community groups, across Cambridgeshire.
Over 800 members of Girlguiding Anglia were present to witness a surprised Toni-ann receive her award from Andrea Oughton, Deputy Chief Commissioner for Girlguiding Anglia, during Supanova, a weekend residential event for Guides, which Toni-ann had helped to organise.
Andrea informed the audience that Toni-ann has been a member of Girlguiding since she was a Brownie. Now as a Guide and Ranger leader in Linton, she has given “unrivalled and dedicated service to guiding in a wide range of roles at all levels.”
All those who nominated Toni-ann for the award talked of the important difference she had made to guiding.
One member commented that, ‘Many girls from our unit have gone onto be leaders and I am sure she has played her part in influencing them.’
Another noted that ‘Without leaders like her, Girlguiding Anglia would not be able to offer such interesting, fun and adventurous events.’