A BARRHEAD schoolgirl has become the first recipient of Girlguiding’s newest award.

Erin Brown, 17, has been awarded Renee’s Guiding star, created by Girlguiding Barrhead in memory of Renee McDougall. 

Renee, who died back in July 2017, was a Barrhead Guide leader with 7th Barrhead Guides.
She not only gave 50 years of service, but was described as a fantastic role model to young people.

This award is presented in recognition of outstanding service and commitment to Girlguiding, and for courage and initiative.

It’s open to all sections of Girlguiding – Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers/Senior Section in Girlguiding Barrhead District (including Neilston) – meaning anyone from age five up to 18 could get their hands on the award.

Renee’s family – her husband Jim and sister Myra – helped choose the first winner, Erin Brown, of the 7th Barrhead Rainbows.

Erin is a dedicated individual who has already shown, at a young age, that she is committed to her role as a leader, despite a heavy school workload and busy social life. 

A fantastic role model for the girls, she gave up her time last summer to represent Girlguiding Scotland in the flag ceremonies at the swimming events at the European Championships held in Glasgow. 

She also spent time in Malawi on a school trip to do two weeks of charity work. 

The Rainbows helped her to fundraise through a pancake morning.

Susan Thomson, district commissioner, said: “We are delighted to present this award for the first time in memory of our friend Renee McDougall. 

“Erin is a worthy winner. 

“She has been a member of every section of Girlguiding here in Barrhead and is a fantastic young leader.

“The Rainbows just love her.

“The award will be presented every year, and I’m already looking forward to next year’s nominations.”

To find out more about Girlguiding in East Renfrewshire, people can visit www.girlguidingscotland.org.uk/east-renfrewshire and get involved.