Guiding light Carol gets lifetime award

Carol Morwood is presented with the Laurel Award by deputy chief commissioner Eileen Martin

Carol Morwood is presented with the Laurel Award by deputy chief commissioner Eileen Martin

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An Edinburgh woman has been honoured for her outstanding service to Girlguiding Scotland with the prestigious Laurel Award.

Carol Morwood, a unit leader with 198A Edinburgh Guides, was presented with a specially designed brooch in honour of her dedication to guiding by Girlguiding Scotland’s deputy chief commissioner, Eileen Martin, last Friday.

The Laurel Award is given to adult volunteers in recognition of outstanding service to guiding in the UK or any of Girlguiding’s international Branch Associations.

Carol has had a lifetime of commitment to guiding, from helping Guides grow in confidence and achieve their full potential and training Girlguiding Scotland volunteers, to organising yearly camps and training and supporting girls and leaders in Ghana to 
help them move forward and 
develop their own up-to-date programmes.

Carol, who is also joint chair for Girlguiding Scotland’s adult support committee, said: “I was very surprised and honoured to receive the Laurel Award and I share it with all the leaders I have worked with over the years on various teams.

“I truly believe it is a team effort in guiding and we all support and help each other.

“I was delighted that my Guides were there at the presentation as 
the most important part of my job is to support them to grow and develop and to achieve their full potential.”

Sue Walker, Scottish chief commissioner, said: “I am delighted to see Carol Morwood being recognised for her outstanding service to guiding.

“Carol is a leader who never says no – she will consider a proposal and if she thinks it will be good for guiding, she will put her heart and soul into it.

“She is above all a Guide leader – she has taken on many roles over the years, and has contributed to guiding at both county and national level, but her Guide unit is, and always has been, the most important role for Carol.”