Friday, 9th April 2010

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Motion in Parliament


The Gibraltar Parliament has conferred the Honorary Freedom of the City of Gibraltar upon the local Girl Guide movement in recognition of decades of positive contribution to the community.

A motion tabled by Edwin Reyes, the minister for culture, heritage, sport and leisure, was approved unanimously by both sides of parliament.


Present in the public gallery during the vote yesterday morning were Laty Edmonds, the Commissioner for Girlguiding Gibraltar, and Olga Zammitt, the Mayor.

In presenting the motion, Mr Reyes delivered a lengthy speech in which he highlighted key aspects of the movement’s history in Gibraltar.

He said that for nearly a century, Girlguiding Gibraltar had played an instrumental role in helping girls of all social classes in Gibraltar to grow in confidence and prepare for the wider world.

The Minister praised the efforts of Girl Guide leaders past and present.

“We are indebted to the many ladies who have contributed so much to the benefit of so many over the years,” he said.

From the Opposition benches, culture spokesman Stephen Linares echoed the sentiment and said it was fitting that the Girl Guide’s be recognised, particularly as the Scout movement had been granted the Freedom of the City last year.

“We are delighted to support the motion,” he said.

The full text of the motion reads as follows:

“This House resolves that the Honorary Freedom of the City of Gibraltar be conferred upon Girlguiding Gibraltar in recognition of its dedication to the development of guiding in Gibraltar for almost a century and for instilling a sense of responsibility, duty and respect for others among the youth of Gibraltar over those years.”



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