A Girlguiding member from Rugby is poised to make her mark on the next generation of leaders after earning the charity’s highest accoldade - the Queen’s Guide Award.
Terri Measey, 27, of New Bilton, has dedicated three years to working toward guiding’s top award – a feat achieved by only a handful of Girlguiding’s half a million members annually.
The Queen’s Guide Award empowers young women aged 16 to 25 to broaden their horizons, raise their aspirations and develop vital leadership skills to help them improve their own lives and the lives of others. The girl-only challenge sets participants a series of demanding tasks, including embarking on an ambitious four-day outdoor adventure, overseeing a pair of ground-breaking community action projects and devoting a year to cultivating a new skill.
Among the tasks Terri chose to tackle were joining the crew of a tall ship as part of a 100-day voyage to mark 100 years of guiding, helping to run a large guiding camp in the North West and developing her musical skills by playing the flute.
She received her award from Baroness Hilary Armstrong and Chief Guide Gill Slocombe at a special ceremony in the House of Lords on Tuesday March 11.
Terri, who works as a nurse and is a Leader with the 23rd Rugby Brownies and 7th Rugby Rangers, said: “It was challenging managing my time to achieve the award, while coping with a job nursing and a very active guiding life.
“It’s given me more confidence – I know when I put my mind to things I can get them done and achieve them.”
Gill said: “Girlguiding’s research shows most girls aged 16 to 21 – 58 per cent - aspire to take on leadership roles in their future careers, but they need to see more inspiring women at the top to give them the confidence to do so.
“The Queen’s Guide is all about showing young women that this is possible, that they have the potential to take on any challenge the world throws at them and become tomorrow’s leaders in all walks of life – so they can go on to inspire the next generation to aim high.”
Baroness Armstrong added: “The young women who have achieved this extraordinary award should be very proud. I have no doubt they will use the skills and experiences they have gained to make a huge positive difference to their own lives and the lives of others.”