Bodicote Girl Guide achieves top award

Emily Idziaczek and Chief Guide Valerie Le Vaillant NNL-160620-164422001
Emily Idziaczek and Chief Guide Valerie Le Vaillant NNL-160620-164422001

A 21-year-old Girl Guide from Bodicote has been honoured with the highest award possible in a ceremony at the House of Commons.

Emily Idziaczek was presented with the award on Saturday June 11, by Chief Guide Valerie Le Vaillant, Girlguiding’s most senior volunteer.

To achieve the prestigious award Emily took on a series of personal challenges in areas such as social action, voluntary work and travel. The challenges have to be completed before the age of 26 and fewer than 150 girl guides are presented with the award each year.

Emily said: “My Queen’s Guide Award has had a huge impact on my life. For one of my challenges I attended a trip to New Zealand with girls I had only met a couple of times before. The confidence I developed and the love I had for the country resulted in me living in New Zealand for the past 15 months and I hope to return in September.”

“My trip to Canada was one of the most adventurous and challenging tasks as the first time I met the rest of the team was at the airport. I did things like white water rafting, rock climbing and worked on forest projects. Even injuring my knee and spending part of the trip on crutches didn’t spoil my enjoyment.”

Chief Guide Valerie Le Vaillant said: “It was a real privilege to present the Queen’s Guides with their awards.”