History

1917  First Girl Guide Company was opened in Kandy at the Girls High School by Mrs Jennie Calverley (nee Green).

The Junior Branch, known as ‘Rosebuds’ was started in Kandy .

1919  The first Annual General Meeting was held.

1921  Ranger Companies were opened in Kandy and Colombo .

Visit of Lord and Lady Baden-Powell to Sri Lanka.

1922  The Cadet Branch was inaugurated.  The first All Island Rally held.

1924  The Elephant was adopted as the symbol of the Association.

1925  Extension Guiding started at the School for the Deaf and Blind,  Ratmalana.

1927  Girl Guiding was extended to rural areas of Sri Lanka (then known as Ceylon).

1928  The first Girl Guide Headquarters was opened at 18 Baillie Street, Fort, Colombo, as a memorial to Mrs Southern, a former Chief Commissioner.

1933  The Constitution of the Association was approved.

1934  Headquarters at 10, Edinburgh Crescent (now known as Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha) was opened.

Visit of Lord and Lady Baden-Powell to Sri Lanka.

1945  The Trefoil Guild was formed

1951  The Association was recognized as a Full Member of WAGGGS

1952  Ms Edna Alvis was appointed as the first Sri Lankan Chief Commissioner

Ms Janet Vairakiam appointed as the first International Commissioner

1957  Mrs Sita Rajasuriya appointed as the first Advisor for the Branch for the Handicapped .

Visit of the Chief Guide, Lady Baden-Powell

1960  Mrs Sita Rajasuriya elected to the World Committee by the 17th World Conference in Greece

1961  New imagery for the Junior Branch (‘Brownies’ now known as ‘Little Friends’) was introduced.

1969  Asia Pacific Region set up .

Mrs Sita Rajasuriya appointed as the first Chairman, Asia Pacific Committee.

1970  Ms Siromi Rodrigo appointed as first Asia Pacific Executive .

1973  11th Colombo Rangers win Walter Donald Ross Trophy for Service to the Community .

1975  Mrs Sita Rajasuriya, Chaired the 22nd World Conference in United Kingdom.  She was the first Asian to Chair a World Conference.

Mrs Mukta Wijesinha elected to the World Committee by the 22nd World Conference

Mrs Freny Jilla appointed to the Sangam Committee.

1976  36th Kandy Ranger Company placed 2nd for the Walter Donald Ross Trophy for service to the community .

1977  Diamond Jubilee International Camp in Colombo.

1978  Foundation Stone laid for Headquarters extension.

1980  ‘Quo Vadis’ International Training Conference held.

1981  The name of the Ranger Branch changed  to Senior Guide Branch.

Mrs Freny Jilla elected to the Asia Pacific Committee.

1984  “Voice of Youth’, Youth Seminar held with 46 NGOs participating.

1985  Death of Mrs Jennie Calverly, Founder of Girl Guiding in Sri Lanka.

3rd Colombo Senior Guide Company wins Olave Award.

1987  The Vocational Training Centre, Heenatipone, Mawanella  opened.   Sister Ranwela, donated the land and the Guides and Scouts of Sweden contributed towards the building of the centre.

Mrs Venetia Gamage, elected to the World Committee by the 26th World Conference .

Mrs Julie Samuel appointed as substitute member to the Sangam Committee.

Mrs Indra Ambawatte appointed as substitute member to the Olave House Committee.

1990  Mrs Thilini Atukorala appointed as substitute member to the Asia Pacific Committee.

            The National Training Centre (NTC) was opened. The building was financed by the Guides and Scouts of Sweden.

“Baladakshika Gama” adjoining the NTC was opened. Funds raised by members of the Association to build 10 houses for the homeless in celebration of the “Shelter for the Homeless Year”.

1991  Hosted an Asia Pacific event, “Fun in Training”.

1993  Mrs Thilini Atukorala re appointed as substitute member of the Asia Pacific Committee.

Hosted an International event, “Together in a Special Way”.

Ms Siromi Rodrigo, the first Sri Lankan to be a member of the Olave Baden Powell Society.

1995  “Girl Child” programme, financed by UNICEF, launched island wide.

An Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) programme, financed by UNICEF was launched.

1996  The first, All Island Peace Camp held in Embilipitya for Guides and non Guides.  This was financed by UNICEF.

Belgium/Sri Lanka exchange programme,  group worked at  the NTC and the VTC .

Ms Chamila Pathirana appointed a member of the Finance Committee

1997  80th Anniversary celebrations, launched on Thinking Day with Peace Walks islandwide.

All Island Friendship Camp at Hikkaduwa for Guides and non Guides, sponsored by UNICEF.

Girl Guiding started in the Prisons.

1998  “Building World Citizenship”, launched.

“Girl Child Programme”  launched by the Projects Committee.

1999  An International Senior Guide Service Camp, “Building a Better World” held at Vocational Training Centre, Mawanella.

Received an Asia Pacific Award for an increase in Membership over the triennium.

2000  Asia Pacific Committee Meeting held in Sri Lanka .

Presentation Ceremony, OBPS, held for Mrs Sita Rajasuriya.

2001  Ms Kundhavi Balachandran elected to the Asia Pacific Committee  by the 7th Asia Pacific Conference .

2001  Mrs Kunthavi Balachandran Fernandopulle, elected to the Asia Pacific Committee by the  7th Asia Pacific Committee.

2002  Three Asia Pacific Awards presented at Regional Gathering held during the 31st World Conference for Increase in Membership, Participating in “Lend a Hand’ project and Hosting an AP Event.

85 years of Girl Guiding in Sri Lanka celebrated with a pageant highlighting the history of Guiding in Sri Lanka.

2004  The SLGGA premises and NTC premises vested in the name of the Association.

Invited to participate in the Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) and a station installed at the SLGGA Headquarters

Dimanthi Gunawardhana appointed as Programme Assistant (July to September) Sangam

2005  New Structure of Association launched

NTC grounds opened for camping and pack holidays

Tsunami Task Force (later changed to Disaster Management Committee)  set up with Mrs Shanta Jayalath as Chairman.

2006  Dimanthi Gunawardhana, first member of SLGGA to be awarded Asia Pacific Young Leaders Scholarship,  to attend an event at one of the World Centres.

HIV/AIDS & Adolescent Health Programme launched.

VTC closed and premises sold

‘Weaving Centre’ located in the NTC premises handed over to SLGGA

2007  A booklet “Sundara Jeevithayak” on HIV/AIDS written by 4 Senior Guides, Trinuki Fernando, Thanushi Dissanayake, Punsisi Alahakoon & Prathiba Guneratne, published by the Family Planning Association.

First activity to celebrate ninety years of Guiding in Sri Lanka held in Colombo with a Walk and a “Skills Exchange Programme” at the Headquarters.

Training Scheme of SLGGA updated.

Amila Jayamaha invited by WAGGGS to serve on Working Group, to review WAGGGS Leadership Development Modules .

Ruchira Jayasingha, served on Planning Committee of Asia Pacific Strategic Leadership Workshop in Cambodia.

Kunthavi Balachandran appointed Deputy Chairman of 9th Asia Pacific Conference, held in Malaysia.

Members of SLGGA organized the Youth Pavilion at the 8th International Conference on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP).

Regular news on Guiding introduced in Sunday ‘Fun Times’ and ‘Wijeya’ newspapers.

Differently Abled Guides attended for the first time an International Camp in Korea.

2008  First Adventure Sports Festival organized by Guide Branch with help from Sri Lanka Army Commando Regiment.

11th Kandy Guides win Olave Award.

Wajira Silva and Uthpala Jayasekera appointed as SLGGA’s Centenary Ambassadors .

2009  Ms Priyanthi Rajapaksa appointed to the Asia Pacific Resource Pool.

2010  Centenary Celebrations launched at Girl Guide Headquarters.

‘Centenary Friendship Circle’, an International Camp held at Nainamadama.

A Guide Company opened in an IDP Camp in Ratmalana.

‘A Journey of a 100 Friends” a Centenary celebration. Trip by train and bus from South to North of the country.

Ruchira Jayasingha, Deputy Chairman, 10th Asia Pacific Conference.

2011  Opening of Mukta Wijesinha Hall at the NTC .

Asia Pacific Regional Committee Meeting hosted by SLGGA.

All Island Rally 2011, held on the Galle Face Green.

International Camp for the Differently Abled held in Colombo.

SLGGA participation in a ‘Heart Run’ on ‘World Health Day.

 

 

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