Tanya Davies MP. Member for Mulgoa.

GIRL GUIDES TO CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN ENGAGEMENT WITH MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITIES

Thursday March 5, 2015

Minister for Citizenship and Communities, Victor Dominello has today announced that the Baird Government will provide $45,000 to continue the successful partnership forged last year with Girl Guides NSW & ACT to recruit girls and young women from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Minister Dominello was joined by Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies and Girl Guides NSW & ACT CEO Peta Gillies for the announcement in Glenmore Park today.

The partnership aims to increase the number of Girl Guides in NSW from a multicultural background through working closely with multicultural community leaders and girls families.

“Girl Guides has over 30,000 members across Australia in 1,800 Guide Units and have been empowering girls and young women in NSW for over 80 years”, Mr Dominello said.

“Under this partnership, girls and young women from diverse cultural backgrounds have joined girl guides to learn more about civic participation and give back to their local communities and we want to continue to support girl guides through this partnership.

“Community volunteering organisations like Girl Guides encourage a shared commitment to Australian values and are important in promoting social cohesion and community harmony”.

“In our Harmony in Action Plan, we are encouraging a stronger focus on the beliefs and values which unite us all as Australians such as our volunteering ethos and we are committed to supporting activities which seek to empower women and girls from diverse backgrounds.

“I want to encourage girls and young women from multicultural communities across NSW to become leaders in their communities and I know that this partnership will continue to help achieve that.

“They will be joining ten million other Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from across the globe who are members of the largest voluntary movement dedicated to girls and young women in the world”, Mr Dominello said.

Girl Guides NSW & ACT CEO Peta Gillies said that Girl Guides look forward to continuing to engage with multicultural communities across NSW and building on the success achieved under the partnership agreement.

“Girl Guides prepares girls and young women to thrive in a rapidly changing world. We encourage teamwork, help girls to grow in confidence and inspire girls to speak up and be heard,” Ms Gillies said.

Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies said that Girl Guides work tirelessly to invest in young girls across local communities like Mulgoa.

“Girl Guides’ aim to make girls confident, responsible community members and this grant will encourage that important work to be continued across our multicultural communities.

“The work that Girl Guides’ do in our local community is vital to the education and empowerment of young girls in our community and I know this grant will assist Girl Guides in impacting more girls here in Mulgoa and across NSW.”