We sat down with Gaylene Meeson, Brown Owl of 424NT Pack B and Bauhinia's brand new secretary:
Q: What do you love about being a leader?
I love being part of the Hong Kong Girl Guides Association English Division, meeting and working with so many other amazing leaders and of course working with the girls. The opportunity to empower the girls to be the next generation of leaders, teaching them new skills, helping them to earn interest badges, challenging them to grow and developing and nurturing their relationships with the other girls is just priceless!
Q: What has been a highlight so far?
Watching the girls grow in confidence and the sheer joy on their faces when we're all together playing games and learning new skills. Even the shy, quietly spoken girls have exploded with confidence as the months go on and can be the first to speak out.
Q: What do you get out of the experience?
A sense of achievement and feeling like I am making a valuable contribution to our community. It gives me a real sense of purpose and fulfillment and it is honestly one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.
Q: Why do you volunteer?
It gives me a sense of purpose, far more rewarding than a paid job. I got into it to give my disabled daughter an opportunity to be involved (I didn't want her to feel a burden) and didn't realise how much I would love it. It gives me a sense of purpose and my daughter is obsessed with being a Brownie.
Q: What unexpected benefits have arisen from becoming a leader?
I had no idea how much I would love it, how many new friends I would make and how rewarding I would find it. I also had no idea how many other awesome volunteer leaders there were out there.
Q: What would you say to someone considering becoming a leader?
I would say, pop along to one of our meetings to see what it's about and if you think it's for you, go for it!
Q: Anything final thoughts on being a volunteer leader? I think of this quote "I believe that the measure of a person's life is the affect they have on others" - Steve Nash.