A pillar in guiding

by Ruth Parris

Chief Commissioner

The Girl Guides Association of Barbados will this week say farewell to a dear sister, leader, visionary and friend in Rosaline Bend, who sadly passed away on January 11, 2013. Throughout the last week leaders and young members have been grappling with the loss which has touched many, because of the commitment, work and service of Rosaline.

A selfless believer in the development of young people, Rosaline served the children of Barbados first through the Girl Guides Association and then the Boys Scouts Association when she recognized that her service was needed with a programme that was geared towards the younger boys — the Beavers. Admirably, though joining our brothers in scouting, Rosaline continued her service in Girl Guiding, working with the Brownies at Erdiston Primary and any other place she was needed, building linkages with parents, the school and the community.

Almost six years ago, Rosaline joined the management team of the Girl Guides Association, serving as our Camp Advisor, holding the responsibility for camping and the co-ordination of licensing for members. Her invaluable guidance, strong will and determination advanced our camping programme as she sought to encourage members to follow the camping guidelines and rules.

During 2011/2012 Barbados forged ahead with developing its own Campers and Quartermaster pins at the insistence of Camp Advisor Rosaline Bend, and in June 2012, leaders were presented their certificates of award at the National Award Ceremony for the first time.

As Chief Commissioner, I have been blessed with the opportunity to have known Rosaline and to have received her counsel on many occasions. As an adviser, she was honest, clear and forthright and had the enviable ability to keep everything in perspective and its rightful place. Girl Guiding has lost one of its guiding pillars and she will be deeply missed.

This week, Guiding Star will share some of the expressed memories capturing the impact Rosaline Bend has had on members and the contributions she has made to the Girl Guides Association of Barbados.

A memorial table has been set up at the Girl Guides headquarters, Pax Hill, Belmont Road, St. Michael for persons wishing to sign the members and friends condolence book.

The funeral service for Rosaline Beverly Bend, Executive Committee Member of the Girl Guides Association of Barbados, Girl Guides Association Camp Advisor, Assistant Chief Commissioner of the Beaver Scouts, Girl Guides Drum Corps Leader, Brownie Guider, former District Commissioner — District 4, will be held this Thursday, January 24, 2013 at the St. Leonard’s Anglican Church, Westbury Road, St. Michael at 3:30 p.m.

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