Remarkable women: Lorraine Pittaway

This Remarkable Woman of Girl Guides WA is Lorraine Pittaway. Here is Lorraine’s Lorraine Pittawaystory.

Lorraine Pittaway’s interest in guiding began when she made her Promise as a young Guide in the Shenton Park unit in 1952. Five years later she became a Lieutenant, having been tutored by Sylvia Perry.  The girls in her Unit had many exciting experiences. They were privileged to form a Guard of Honour with the Hollywood Guides for Lady Baden-Powell when she opened the Hollywood Guide Hall in 1957. A year later they marched down St George’s Terrace with Scouts and Navy and Army personnel when Queen Elizabeth II visited W.A.

When Lorraine moved with her family to the Cloverdale/Rivervale area she once more accepted leadership responsibilities. Under her guidance, the girls were very active and Lorraine introduced them to many camping adventures. She became the State Camping Equipment Officer and later the Heirisson Region’s Camping Adviser. They participated in many State events.

After retiring from her role as an active leader, Lorraine became a foundation member of the Bentley/Burswood Trefoil Guild and she has held the roles of Secretary, Treasurer and President.  Her sewing and craftwork skills are often in demand and have helped to produce many valuable items such as Gathering bags and Agnes Bear, the Trefoil Guild mascot for Guiding’s Centenary in 2010.

Lorraine continues to seek new challenges and she completed a certificate in the Dark Horse Venture, a Trefoil Guild initiative to commit oneself with learning new skills and accepting new experiences. In 1980 Lorraine was presented with the Wattle Award and in 2013 her 35 years of dedicated service to Guiding were recognised.

Story supplied by Ann Miller.

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