This Month’s Co-op Community Champion, Beverley Rodowski.

Co-op highlights people in Fort St. John who should be recognized for their work in the community. Anyone looking to nominate a community-minded person in need of recognition, head to Energeticcity’s website.

A community member nominated Beverley for her work with the local Girl Guides chapter, which she has been involved with since she moved to Fort St. John in 2013.

Girl Guides have been a big part of her life, starting as a young girl in Victoria.

“As an adult, I became a leader in Victoria. And then,  when I went to university, I was a leader in Saskatoon. And then now when I came here, I became a leader as well,” said Rodowski.

According to Girl Guides Canada, guiding invites girls to challenge themselves, find their voice, meet new friends, have fun and make a difference in the world.

Beverley says seeing the girls accomplish challenges they didn’t think they could overcome brings her a lot of joy.

Usually, camping is a big part of Girl Guides, but unfortunately, they’ve had to participate in virtual camping over the past few years.

Beverley says camping provides the girls with a lot of opportunities to grow and utilize their skills.

“When they’re at camp, their parents aren’t there. So they’ve got to learn how to take care of their stuff. Then, we have them doing chores. Eventually, you’re working towards independence for them.”

Over the past year, Beverley and other leaders have also spoken with the girls about elections and how the voting system works.

Like Beverley, many girl guides eventually return to the program once they become adults. Beverley says it’s exciting to see and shows that the program is providing the girls with beneficial skills, and they enjoy it.

Co-op’s Community Champion highlights people in Fort St. John who should be recognized for their work in the community. Anyone looking to nominate a community-minded person in need of recognition, head to Energeticcity’s website.