Gainsborough’s Gillian Gray has been celebrated 40 years of being a member of the Girl Guides and has received a special award from her county commissioner Janice at a dinner organised by her division commissioner Zaneta, on 9th June.
Gillian started Guiding when her daughters were young and as they grew older she continued with her interest, becoming district commissioner at one stage and later division commissioner. She was a very shy young lady and with Guiding her confidence grew and this is something she still teaches girls today.
At one stage in the 80s, she was running five units per week and then, in 1987, Rainbows started and she opened eight new units. At one point, she started a Ranger unit and these girls she took to Switzerland on a holiday.
Gill organised many events including pantomimes, old time music hall and other shows. She ran many pack holidays with Brownies and has stories to tell. In 1994, she became the county chair for the Trefoil Guild. In 2007, she became Gainsborough division administrator — a post which she still holds along with several others.
Gill said at the presentation she was delighted with the service award and looked forward to more years of Guiding and at the same time she was very grateful to Girlguiding as she had made so many friends and it had helped to mould her into a more confident person.