Megan’s Girl Guide journey was also marked by the pride she felt as both a Qualified Unit Leader, and a parent. Megan watched as her daughter, Noelle achieved her Junior Baden-Powell Award, the first Youth Peak Achievement Award, whilst savouring precious mother-daughter time when the future still seemed uncertain for her.
“The District Manager’s daughter was awarded [her Junior Baden-Powell Award] on the same night! The number one thing I got back was spending time with my daughter and savouring special time with her.”
Volunteering at Girl Guides also became a platform for Megan’s passionate advocacy work. Having developed girl empowerment programs in her professional life, and being a former Girl Scout herself, Megan embodied the Girl Guide spirit. As a Leader, her Unit Meetings naturally became a safe space for girls to thrive through education, awareness, and connection through conversation.
Megan and Noelle, at the Great Guide Sleepover, Taronga Zoo – Virtual event
“For the first time, parents were talking to their daughters about periods – some had their first at 9, some at 17. Some have periods that last a day, and others 14 days. We played trivia, ‘pin the pad on the undies’ and packed dignity bags for other women.”
Megan’s Unit were even donated pre-period undies by Knicked, an Australian small business that aligned with their mission and connected to their cause.
“Advocacy and awareness are why I started Girl Guides in the first place! Everyone has their gifts in their Unit, and this was my gift that I brought. Getting the girls thinking and talking about things important to them (and me), is so rewarding.”
Girl Guides became a place for Megan to break down barriers – including those that come with experiencing cancer, illness, or chronic disease which she knew all too well.