Linda Oliver

Division Commissioner Luton North

How long have you been in Girlguiding?

I started brownies aged 7 and went onto Guides and was a young leader until I went away to university and then when I came back I was a guide leader for a few years. I came back into guiding when my eldest daughter was 5 and the Rainbow unit needed a leader and have been there 28 years.

What does your role entail?

I became Division Commissioner 4 and a half years ago and try to support leaders run their units, helping them with GO administration and also with recruiting girls and new leaders. I am involved with helping to run Division events and also running our residential building and its upkeep and maintenance.

What do you enjoy most in your role?

My favourite part of the role is going to units to see the girls and their leaders especially when they receive special awards like Long Service and the section awards and previously the BP award.

Are there any stand out moments/any proud achievements?

Two standout moments – firstly going on my first International trip to Switzerland in 2019 with a group of guides and Rangers and remaking my promise at Our Chalet and secondly receiving the Bedfordshire brooch at the recent Valuing our Volunteers event.