The State Commissioner of Girl Guides Queensland
Girl Guides is a volunteer lead and run organisation and the State Commissioner is the leader for her State. She delegates responsibility to suitably qualified people for areas which require specific expertise and maintains contact with them to ensure that the needs of the Guide Organisation are being met. Our current State Commissioner is Velia Nicholls. Velia has been in the role for three years and Girl Guides Queensland has recently re-elected her for a further term of three years, which is a testament to her dedication and leadership skills.
In Velia’s Own Words:
My entry into the amazing world of Guiding commenced in 2005 when I was asked to assist the Board as Chair of the Working Together Project. From 2005 to 2010, I willingly took on various tasks and projects both at State and National levels. I developed the utmost respect and passion for all that Girl Guides stands for and achieves.
In 2009, by Kindilan’s Lake Lowana, I made my Guide Promise. My commitment since that moment has only strengthened. I believe that has been demonstrated through every piece of work I have undertaken. I have eagerly supported the work that will ensure an increasing number of girls can enjoy the benefits that being part of the Girl Guiding family can bring. I live the Promise and Law in my daily life.
My personal belief is that everyone has spare capacity to help another. Our family values include teaching our children that being aware of the space around them is important. For me, it doesn’t take much effort to hold a hand out to another, to offer support or a listening ear and sometimes more. I have been privileged to support teenage girls and women who have experienced horrific childhoods. My primary focus and commitment has always been to girls and women.
I see GGQ as having the potential for being of enormous significance to girls and women throughout Queensland. We are a significant State with the third largest number of Members. We have an opportunity over the next three years to help shape the next stage of Guiding both in Queensland and in Australia. For our voice to be heard, GGQ needs to reflect a strong unified State, clear on its direction and goals. Then we can knowingly participate and contribute to the setting of national strategy.
As the State Commissioner for Queensland, I offer an experienced leader in both business and not for profit sectors, who operates from a base of honesty, resilience and integrity. My leadership approach is centered on values and respectful practices. I have always and will continue to encourage all girls and women to believe in themselves and their own ability to achieve, whilst respecting the rights of others. I believe in transparency and teamwork. I believe in the Girl Guides Mission: to empower girls and young women to grow into confident, self-respecting, responsible community members.
Yours in Guiding,
Girl Guides Queensland
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