World Thinking DayPublished on 23 February 2016 Hansard and Statements by Senator Elizabeth Hubley (retired)
Hon. Elizabeth Hubley:
Honourable senators, yesterday, February 22, was World Thinking Day to members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. The date marks the shared birthdays of Guiding and Scouting founders Lord and Lady Baden-Powell.
More than a century ago, when Lord Baden-Powell organized a Boy Scout rally in London, a large number of girls ignored convention and showed up wearing backpacks and Scout hats. Now there are 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 146 countries around the globe. Here at home, tens of thousands of girls and women are proud to be Guiding members.
This year’s theme for World Thinking Day is Connect with Guiding, and the theme aims to help girls explore how connections unite us, inspire us and help us to communicate with one another. Through educational and fun activities, they will learn more about their Guiding friends locally, their twinning partners in the western hemisphere and Guiding sisters around the globe.
February 22 is also called Founder’s Day by the World Organization of the Scout Movement. It seems appropriate for me to pay special tribute here to one of Prince Edward Island’s most devoted Scouting members, Mr. Roscoe Pendleton, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 75. Mr. Pendleton had been a member of the Scouting movement for 65 years and an enthusiastic and hardworking adult volunteer in a variety of Scouting roles. I have no doubt that his passing will leave a considerable void.
After Lord Baden-Powell passed away in 1941, his last message to members was released, in which he described the purpose of Scouting and Guiding. He wrote:
Its aim is to produce healthy, happy, helpful citizens, of both sexes, to eradicate the prevailing narrow self-interest, personal, political, sectarian and national, and to substitute for it a broader spirit of self-sacrifice and service in the cause of humanity; and thus to develop mutual goodwill and co- operation not only within our own country but abroad, between all countries.
This message is just as important today. Guiding and Scouting help youth learn essential life skills and to be leaders in their own communities and around the world, bringing them together in peace and understanding.
Honourable senators, please join me in recognizing the members of Girl Guides of Canada and Scouts Canada, as well as their counterparts around the world, and wishing them all a very happy World Thinking Day.