Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma
|Ellen Dahl, a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Chairman David L. Boren (left) and President Anil Gollahalli during Oklahoma Mentor Day at the Capitol. (Photo by Travis Caperton, Oklahoma State Capitol)|
Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma has selected Ellen Dahl of Oklahoma City as its outstanding mentor for Oklahoma Mentor Day.
Ellen came to Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma as a volunteer from England, where she had been involved in Girl Guiding, said Trae Hiett, troop support specialist. She volunteered to be a co-leader for a multi-age troop, expecting to work with older girls. But when the need arose to lead first- and second-grade girls, Ellen gave it careful consideration and decided to go for it.
“She has been an awesome leader, and the girls love her,” said co-leader Lois Hedrick, who noted that Ellen’s group has nearly doubled in size.
With her experience as a Girl Guide, Ellen was able to bring a different perspective of the leadership qualities Girl Scouts works to build in girls, Hiett added. Ellen also organized a World Thinking Day activity that had girls of all ages swapping items with Girl Guides in England.
“Our girls learned a lot about England and the Girl Guides,” Hedrick said. “They received pictures and letters from the Girl Guides and found out that we have many programs and activities in common.”
This past year Ellen served as a Service Unit Manager – a volunteer position that oversees a larger group of Girl Scout troops and volunteers. But even in the midst of this volunteer service, she remained focused on her troop of girls and giving them the best experience possible as Girl Scouts.“She is such a wonderful example of someone who leads by example and works tirelessly to bring her best to the girls whose lives she touches,” Hedrick said.