It's National Volunteer Week: How Young Women in British Columbia can Empower Girls AND Enhance Their Skills

Millennial Women Looking to Build Their Resumes While Making a Lasting Impact on the Lives of Girls Can Volunteer with Girl Guides of Canada

TORONTO, April 24, 2017 /CNW/ - April 23-29, 2017 is National Volunteer Week where Canadians recognize the valuable contribution of volunteers and their achievements. However, it is also a time to highlight the benefits of volunteering, particularly for millennial women looking for additional skills to add to their resume. Girl Guides of Canada (GGC) is the largest network of female volunteers in the country with over 19,000 volunteers, and provides a completely unique experience to develop skills and expertise that enhance professional opportunities. In British Columbia it's a thriving network of over 4,300 volunteers who mentor and support thousands of girls.

Hilary Feldman has been an adult volunteer with GGC in British Columbia for eight years. In her tenure she's been a district manager, a PR adviser for Vancouver, social media community manager and part of a magazine editorial committee.  Hilary has been able to not only give back to the girls but also develop transferrable skills that will easily carry over to her career.

"Being actively involved in Girl Guides means having the opportunity to lead and empower young girls while learning new skills, brushing up on old ones and further developing my strengths. As an added bonus, it's also really fun since you have an amazing group of young girls to keep you energized," says Hilary.  

Guiding is a place for women looking to make a meaningful contribution to society while enhancing their resume. Like Hilary's experience, GGC offers volunteer opportunities that are unique and vast, ranging from unit leaders who guide girls through programs on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), financial literacy and self-esteem, to advising on programming and strategic business decisions, administrating provincial councils and even representing Guiding at global events such as the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

GGC also helps young women develop essential transferable skills that build their resume and contribute to their professional development, including teamwork, collaboration, time management, interpersonal skills, budgeting and financial planning, resourcefulness, risk management, conflict resolution, mentorship and so much more. Guiding skills and experiences are ones that employers will recognize and value.

"Our volunteer program empowers young women to leverage their expertise and provides them with a platform to put their ideas into action, drive change and grow into successful members of the community with real experience they can add to their resume," says Jill Zelmanovits, CEO, Girl Guides of Canada.

For more information on volunteer opportunities that advance professional development while making a difference in the lives of girls and young women, please visit

About Girl Guides of Canada
Girl Guides of Canada (GGC) provides a safe environment that invites girls and young women to challenge themselves, to find their voice, meet new friends, have fun and make a difference in the world. Girl Guides of Canada strives to ensure that girls and women from all walks of life, identities and lived experiences feel a sense of belonging and can fully participate. Girl Guides is an organization with more than 105 years of history and a strong and vibrant future.

SOURCE Girl Guides of Canada

For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact: Evelyn Ly, Girl Guides of Canada, Tel: (416) 487-5281 x346, Email:

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