Girl Guides do good for others


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Cassie Dauphinais and her Girl Guide unit celebrated I Love to Read Month this February by collecting more than 767 books for children and teens in Winnipeg’s North End.

The 11-year-old Royalwood resident is working towards earning her Take Action badge.
“In three years of being a Girl Guide, this will be my 19th badge. It will be the one I am most proud of,” Cassie said.

“I enjoy reading and want other young people to have access to books. My favourite is Lost in the Barrens by Farley Mowat, that we have been studying in school.”

Supplied photo Cassie Dauphinais and her mother Rachelle show off the nearly 800 books they have collected as part of a Girl Guides book drive for children and teens.

According to her mom and unit leader Rachelle Dauphinais, Cassie is passionate about service projects.

“Just before Christmas, we donated 70 pounds of baby formula and 160 pounds of food to Harvest Manitoba through Cassie’s efforts,” Rachelle said.

A trip to St. Vital Centre six years ago resulted in Cassie becoming a Brownie.

“We saw Brownies and Girl Guides selling cookies,” Rachelle recalled. “They had stickers and bookmarks for girls to take and right away Cassie wanted to join.”

Manitoba Girl Guides is part of a national organization established more than 100 years ago. Girls can start as a Spark at age five and progress to Ranger by age 15. Badges are earned in eight program areas. Their mission is “to be a catalyst for girls empowering girls,” building confidence and leadership skills.

“I have been with most of the girls for five years through Brownies and Guides. I’ve seen them grow and mature into beautiful, confident and caring young ladies,” Rachelle noted.

“They all love to help people and their community. I am honored to lead them on their Guiding journey and reinforce to them that they can do anything, the sky is the limit.”

Activities have moved online due to the pandemic. The unit has played games, learned about mental health, held a Girl’s Night In and a Nailed It! cake decorating activity. There will be a paint night and master chef cooking session in coming weeks. While the 6B unit is at capacity, there are six other units in St. Vital accepting new Guides.

“It’s really fun, you get to do a lot of cool stuff and make new friends,” Cassie said.

Her unit’s upcoming service projects include a supply drive for an animal shelter and a spring community clean up.

For more information, visit, or call the Girl Guides of Canada Manitoba Council at 204-774-4475.

Tanya Misseghers is a community correspondent for Royalwood.

Tanya Misseghers

Tanya Misseghers
Royalwood community correspondent

Tanya Misseghers is a community correspondent for Royalwood.

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