In 1910, Canada’s first officially-registered Guide company was in St. Catharines Ontario. In 1912, Lady Pellatt, a prominent and well-connected Torontonian, was authorized to act as the Chief Commissioner for Canada. Due to her involvement in Guiding as well as her location, the main administration for Canadian Guiding began in Toronto. The Canadian Council of The Girl Guide Association was then incorporated in 1917 by an Act of Parliament. To manage the increasing membership in Ontario, Ontario Council was established in 1921 in London, Ontario and led by our first provincial commissioner, Mrs. F.P. Betts.
Geographical and cultural context
Material accepted to the Archives collections should fall within the following boundaries:
a) Creating Body – material produced by or for Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada, Ontario Council that is identified as having permanent value to the organization and its corporate memory;
b) Subject Area – material pertaining to the history and activities of the Guiding Movement;
c) Geographical Area – material produced, pertaining to, and/or used in Ontario;
d) Time Frame – material produced or used during the organization’s active period, from 1910 to the present.
Mandates/Sources of authority
The Aim of the Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada is to help girls and young women become responsible citizens who are able to give leadership and service to the community, whether local, national or global. In keeping with this goal, the ongoing purpose of the Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada, Ontario Council Archives is to collect, preserve and make accessible all records of value pertaining to the administration, activities, membership and history of the Girl Guides movement in Ontario, from its creation until the present;
to support and promote Guiding in Ontario to all members, volunteers, departments, researchers and the general public through our research services, innovative heritage programs, community outreach and by establishing a sense of unified history; and to provide an accurate record of the administrative activities of Girl Guides of Canada, Ontario Council as evidence.