Dear Girl Guides of Canada – Where is your leadership?

Please do not let an amazing teachable moment slip through your fingers.

I read that some of your girls have raised the issue of genetically modified (GM) ingredients in your famously branded Girl Guide cookies. I also read that your response to this issue pits ethics against profit and you appear to be telling your girls that profit trumps all else. Shame on you!

Girl Guides is the largest and most powerful girl and young lady organization in Canada and elsewhere in the world. Your mission, in part states that Girl Guides “enables girls to be confident, resourceful and courageous, and to make a difference in the world” and it seems to me that your girls are clearly exemplifying this mission by standing up for their beliefs around the removal of GM ingredients from your cookies.

How dare you permit your spokesperson to suggest that your organization is “way down the totem pole in who can make a difference”. Each and every one of your Guides should be taught and encouraged to know that they individually and as a group can make an enormous difference. This is a ridiculous PR response to a very important issue and if the guiding movement cannot teach ethics and values and the right of everyone to stand up then what hope do we have.

Yes there is a money side to this story but when you put money first you will always come away on the lesser end of any issue.

Stand up to your supplier and show leadership and be proud of your girls for raising such an important issue. You are larger and much more powerful than your spokesperson dares to suggest. Stop being so condescending and show leadership. This is the least you can do for your girls and for the future of our society.

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