Estevan resident Christa Morhart continues to take on roles in her leadership with Girl Guides of Canada.
She is already the area commissioner for the Southern Horizons district, which encompasses southeast Saskatchewan, but she is also now the provincial commissioner-elect (PC), which means she is now being mentored by the current provincial commissioner, and attending orientation sessions to help her succeed with the role.
The provincial annual general meeting for Girl Guides in Saskatchewan will take place May 4, and that’s when she will be officially installed as the provincial commissioner.
“That role is a leadership role in Saskatchewan, that has a maximum term of three years, and it will provide me the opportunity to work collaboratively with the national team, as well as our more than 3,300 guiding members across the province of Saskatchewan, to recognize the mission and vision of Girl Guides in Saskatchewan,” said Morhart.
It’s a volunteer position, and Morhart will spend more time travelling in the province. She will also travel to the national office in Toronto; she recently spent four days there as part of the orientation process.
It allowed her to meet the national team, and the other PCs and PC-elects across the country.
As Saskatchewan’s commissioner, Morhart will be tasked with mentoring adult members and engaging youth members across the province, while being a voice for the province at the national level. Morhart will also work with the national team to promote the mission, vision and growth of Girl Guides in Saskatchewan.
A strong proponent of Girl Guides in Canada, Morhart said they aim to provide a safe and welcoming environment for girls and women of all ages.
“I love being part of an organization that continues to look into the future and change the programming and change what we offer to make it more relevant and dynamic for girls in today’s world,” she said.
“I just really wanted the opportunity to be more of a role model for my own girls and women in my own life.”
She wants girls to know they can do anything they set their minds to.
Morhart pointed out they don’t have a “boss,” per say, in Saskatchewan. They work as a team, so she views her role as that of a mentor.
She wants them to be a catalyst for Girl Guide members, to empower them to reach their potential and create a better world for girls.
“Obviously there will be the business end of it, where I hold the quarterly provincial meetings and attend official events, and be the face of Guiding in Saskatchewan.”
Morhart has been a member of Girl Guides for more than 20 year, first as a youth member, and then when her daughters were part of the organization. She has held a variety of roles within the organization as a unit guider, a deputy treasurer, district commissioner and area commissioner, and has been part of committees.
“It’s been a big part of my life, and it continues to be a big of my daughters’ lives, as well as hopefully my granddaughter’s life too,” said Morhart. “On a personal level, the friendships that I have watched my daughters make, and I have made myself over the years, no other organization can match the meaningfulness of those friendships.”