Guiding the Next Generation of Girls into a New Century of Girl Guides

3 February 2021
Emily Milton Smith will become the 20th State Commissioner of Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT at an official handover ceremony in May 2021. At 29 years of age, this appointment, which coincidentally coincides with the celebrations of a century of Guiding in NSW, is illustrative of the Association’s commitment to its centenary theme, empowering future women.

State Commissioner Elect Emily Milton Smith said of her appointment:

“Girl Guides empowers girls and young women to make a positive change in the community. It is a vibrant space where girls and young women develop confidence and build resilience to navigate their world. This has been at the heart of the Girl Guide movement for the last 100 years and our purpose burns bright for our next century. Every day, we shine a light on girls and young women as today’s leaders and tomorrow’s future.”
Photograph of SC Elect Emily Milton Smith
“Like all our members, past and present, Girl Guides is part of my story. I know its impact firsthand. As a young girl, it was a place where I carved my journey and lay the foundations for the woman I am now. It is the reason I became a volunteer: to guide the next generation of girls on their own path.

“I’m honoured to lead the organisation in its next chapter as we continue to deliver a place to grow – for every girl and any girl” concluded Emily,”

Emily is an education specialist in the for-purpose sector, engaged in social impact, sustainability, and youth and community services.

With extensive experience in female empowerment, and a research background in digital media, communication technology and visual culture, combined with professional experience in advocacy, marketing, and PR, Emily brings a unique perspective to what the Association can achieve.

Emily has represented Girl Guides at numerous conferences across the Asia Pacific Region and globally, including three times at the United Nations, where she has contributed to critical wins to improve accountability for girls’ rights, education, and empowerment. With qualifications in transformational change and leadership, Emily is regarded for her strong experience in international and domestic policy; factors that have led to her earning a Master of Public Policy.

Emily was the recipient of the BP Award and a Queen’s Guide as a youth member and a recipient of the Olave Baden Powell Award and an Asia Pacific Award as an adult member, as well as State and Region leadership positions in Advocacy and Olave roles. The Girl Guide Girl Scout Method with its emphasis on girl-led is important to Emily, as was apparent in her work with the Girls’ Advisory Panel and as the Leader in Charge for the Speak Out Forum in 2015.

In support of Emily’s appointment, State Commissioner, Sarah Neill stated:
“Emily is an amazing young community leader inside and outside of Girl Guides. I am delighted to pass the State Commissioner baton to Emily knowing that Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT will be left in a very deserving and capable pair of hands.”


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