Change Maker Award

A better world, by girls.

Guiding encourages each girl to be everything she wants to be. From Sparks to Rangers, girls in Guiding do amazing things to make the world better. Through community service, friendship, advocacy and so much more, girls are a collective force of change makers!

Now is your opportunity to share what you or a friend in Guiding are doing to create a better world. Actions small or large, local or international, community based or widespread, are all deserving of recognition.

Nominate a change maker

Nominate either yourself or a friend in Guiding for a Change Maker Award. (Only girl members can submit a nomination. Nominations made by adults will not be accepted.) 

Each of the 20 Change Maker Award recipients will get an award pin and a certificate, and each story will be shared with the Guiding community. All girls who are nominated will receive a letter of recognition from the Guiding Ambassador.

Nomination period: February 3 to March 23, 2020

Recipients announced: June 2020

Nominate a change maker now


Nomination criteria and award requirements

  • Nominees must be a girl member.
  • Nominees cannot be a past Change Maker Award recipient.
  • Only girl members can submit a nomination – either nominating themselves or another girl member. Nominations made by adults will not be accepted. 
  • If you’re under 14 years old, please let your parent or guardian know about your nomination.
  • If you’re nominating another girl member and she’s under 14 years old, please let her parent or guardian know about your nomination. If she’s 14 or older, please let her know directly.
  • Finalists will be selected based on merit for their age.
  • Award recipients will be chosen by a selection committee made up of both girl and adult members from across Canada.
  • By making a nomination, you’re permitting Girl Guides of Canada in its sole discretion to publish your submission, or excerpts of your submission, along with the nominee’s first name, city, province and photo in any manner, without compensation.
  • All personal information collected will be used in accordance with GGC’s privacy policy. Submissions may be used by Girl Guides of Canada for marketing or promotional purposes, Canadian Guider magazine, newsletters, blog posts, media relations and on girlguides.ca to promote the organization.

Still thinking about nominating yourself or someone else?

Try the activities in our instant meeting. You’ll find some ways to get inspired and some guidance for reflecting on your achievements. (You’ll need to log into your program account to access this resource.)

Try the instant meeting

Frequently asked questions

Q: Can I nominate more than one girl?

A: Yes. You can nominate as many girl members as you would like. Each nomination needs to be done through a separate on-line submission.

o Q: Can I nominate a girl who is a past Change Maker Award recipient?

A: A girl who has received the Change Maker Award cannot receive it twice. If you are unsure if the girl you want to nominate has previously received the award you can contact changemakeraward@girlguides.ca or check the previous recipients page.

Q: Can Guiders, adult members or parents make nominations?

A: No. Nominations can only be made by girl members. Nominations made by adults will not be accepted.

Q: How can a Guider, adult member or parent help a girl submit a nomination?

A: Adults can help girls by encouraging them to participate in the instant meeting and inspiring them to take action for a better world. This guidance can help girls realize that their actions are deserving of an award. Younger girls may need help with typing and completing their online submission(s).

Q: I’m concerned about my daughter’s privacy. Can someone nominate my daughter without my knowledge?

A: The nominator must have the nominee’s permission and attest that the parent of the nominee, or the nominee herself if over the age of 14, is aware of the nomination before completing their submission. If a nominee becomes an award recipient, the recipient (ages 14 and older) or her parents (of girls under 14) will be contacted to ensure their consent for online posting.

Q: I am having technical difficulties with the nomination form. Who should I contact?

A: Please contact our service provider, Survey Monkey Apply, if you have any technical difficulties by filling in the Support Request Form. You can access the form after logging into your Survey Monkey Apply account and clicking on the Information (i) icon in the top right corner. If you require additional support, please contact changemakeraward@girlguides.ca.

Q: Several of us worked together on a project. Can we submit a nomination for our unit?

A: No. The Change Maker Awards are for individual achievement. The nomination must name only one person. However, the nomination can address a group project or initiative.

Q: Can I submit my nomination in French?

A: Yes. A submission can be made in French. You can find the French application by selecting ‘Français’ in the top right corner of the application login page.

Q: How are the recipients of the Change Maker Award selected?

A: A selection committee made up of girl and adult members across the country will review submissions and select a recipient for each branch based on how well the nominee reflects the attributes of the award.

Q: How can I be part of the selection committee?

A: Complete this online form before Monday, March 9.  You'll be expected to commit 2-3 hours in total as a member of the committee. You’ll need access to a computer and internet. 


Meet the previous recipients

2019 Change Maker Award Recipients

Questions?

Please contact us at:
changemakeraward@girlguides.ca
416-487-5281 ext. 260