Our District

logo-guides_queensland11062015132145WHO’S WHO IN THE DISTRICT

A District is a group of units that meet in the same hut

ie. Burleigh District.

The District Leader  Is the person in charge of that District and all that goes on there. She is the person that all problems and decisions must go through. Leaders and Management team, and all parent committees must report to her and approval for most activities must be sort from her.

Sounds a bit heavy , but she is also the one that must explain when anything goes wrong or when rules are broken or problems arise. She must be able to keep the whole District running smoothly and step in when leaders are unable to attend or when a unit is without a leader for any length of time

The District Leader appoints leaders

They are often leaders with many years of experience and a great talent for pulling so many different people with different ideas and priorities together.

The position of District Leader is not a paid position and she is a volunteer.

She reports to the Region Commissioner who in turn reports to State.

The Unit Leaders run the unit meetings. They train regularly and keep this training up to date .She is a volunteer and does not receive payment for her time .Her main job  is to run programs for her unit that while being fun and exciting also teaches the girls a skill that will help them mature into a well rounded, confident, productive member of the community

Leaders attend District meetings and must report to the District Leader.


We are very lucky at Burleigh to have dedicated long serving leaders.

All leaders are volunteers and are not paid in any way

Our District Leader  

Ruth Arthur

2358 Springbrook Rd Springbrook

ph 55 335353  mob 0417545162

Email:  arthurruth@hotmail.com.au

Ruth is a mother of eight children, many who have been and still are involved in Guiding. She has been involved in the movement for the last 46 years, starting as a member of the Support Group ( now management committee ) and then joining the ranks of Leadership.

Ruth has been awarded the Whattle award and the Guide Good Service Award – TWICE and is at present District leader /Burleigh She is a retired teacher that has worked for Community organisations all her life including – Marikai Drug Council, House with no Steps, Pregnancy Help, as well as Guiding She is also a Justice of the Peace (Com of Dec

In 1994 she was nominated for Australian of the Year and has received a 100 year 100 hero award in 2001

Ruth holds up to date First Aid, camping (  indoor and out ) Quartermaster, and is qualified in many advanced trainings through the association

Guide Leader 

Holly Hutchinson

Ph: 0415 516 755
Holly joined us in a leadership role after many years as a guide where she excelled

She achieved her qualifications to  become the ranger guide leader Holly has run rangers with skill and dedication and is an asset to our district.

Holly has also recently taken over the Guide unit.

Brooke McCormick

ph:0424 156 906

email: bmc_95@hotmail.com

Brooke joins us in a leaderships role after finishing her Queens Guide in 2013. As of March 2016, she is a full qualified guide leader.

Brooke is involved with World Visions Youth Movement as their training and development Co-ordinator and has served overseas within her role

She is currently completing a Bachelor of Social Work at Griffith University

Jamie Ann Bell

Jamie joined us at the end of last year Like Brooke and Holly she was a former youth member who found guiding has got in their blood Jamie will commence training this year and we welcome her

Brownie Leader

Karen Bennell 

32 Ee-Jung Road Springbrook 4213

ph 55335633

Like her mother and grandmother Karen’s life has been filled with guiding Achieving her Queens Guide in 2002 Karen  a qualified leader works in the brownie unit She holds The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Bronze ,silver and gold award.

Karen has recently finished studying to become a Teachers Aid and for the moment works as a releif TA in schools.  Karen has been a valuable asset to our district for over ten years now

Karen is a mother to Robbie born in 2009, and expecting another bub in January.


Shona Charleston 

Shona grew up in a Guiding family and attended her first camp before she was 1 years old. She has often over the past few years helped out on camps and event days. It is fantastic to welcome her back as a full time leader with our Brownie Unit.

Ranger Leader

Holly Hutchinson

Holly joined us in a leadership role after many years as a guide where she excelled She achieved her qualifications to  become the ranger guide leader Holly has run rangers with skill and dedication and is an asset to our district