FSA Award Recipient
Silver and Bronze Merit Awards
Bonnie Barnes is a high achiever who goes well beyond the intended scope of the positions she holds in North Delta District. Moving up through Guiding with her daughter, Bonnie remained at Pathfinders as a leader for 12 years as her daughter moved on. For the past five years she took on Rangers and ran both units. Throughout that time, she provided the girls with the tools they needed to plan and run most of their own programming. The girls grew into strong and confident young women, through her tutorage. She strikes the perfect balance between providing enough challenge to keep the girls interested, and allowing them the satisfaction of accomplishment so that they feel good about themselves. Examples include going white water rafting, going to an international camp in California, and snow camping at Hollyburn, Manning Park and Rovent. She encourages individualism while helping each girl find a way to use her talents towards a team goal. She is patient, understanding, supportive and cheerful. She gives the girls many opportunities to stretch their boundaries and learn more about themselves. If the girls can think it, Bonnie is willing to let them try to find a way to make it happen. Every year most of the Pathfinders earn their Canada Cords. And her girls stay in Guiding, most of the Pathfinders move up to Rangers and then many of them continue on as amazing adult leaders! It is because of her exceptional leadership that the Pathfinder Unit has grown from 4 girls many years ago, to over 30! This successful endeavour is a testament to Bonnie’s leadership style.
Bonnie is also the North Delta District Treasurer. Bonnie streamlined the entire process, created simplified reports, put together and facilitated training sessions for Unit Treasurers and provided each Unit with a booklet and a USB stick with all the forms and information they would need in order to more effectively manage the Unit funds and reporting. She updates Units regularly and has made time in her busy schedule to meet with any Unit Guider who is struggling with the financial reporting in order to walk her through the process.
Bonnie and the District Commissioner usually put together the District’s cookie orders and her home is often the delivery location. Bonnie also organizes the case numbering and sorting into Unit batches. She also organizes the Unit Guider pick-up times.
Bonnie has extensive camping experience. She has been Responsible Guider for patrols to the last five SOARS, once with Guides, three times with Pathfinders and once with Rangers. She often volunteers as the Quartermaster at District Camp. With her outdoor expertise and vast knowledge, she also helps the District purchase District camp gear, as well as tracks and arranges storage for all our District equipment.
Somewhere in between all of this, Bonnie still finds the time to attend training sessions (eg. OAL Adventure Camping twice) and participate in various provincial Guiding conferences. She enthusiastically reports back to the District and encourages everyone to participate in training. Every year she arranges formal First Aid training for all her Pathfinders and Rangers, as well as for the adult Guiders in the District.
Bonnie’s personal life is very busy with her own accounting business. You will find her working completely through the night during tax season in order to get everything done in time. She is an active and enthusiastic member on an adult softball team. Inside that strong exterior beats a pure gooey marshmallow heart – the perfect combination for a Guider!