Veteran volunteer steps down from role

Lifelong dedication: Frances Warner is stepping down from her role with the Girl Guides in Macarthur after 32 years. Picture: Simon Bennett

Lifelong dedication: Frances Warner is stepping down from her role with the Girl Guides in Macarthur after 32 years. Picture: Simon Bennett

She’s been helping shape young lives for more than three decades, but the time has come for Frances Warner to take a step back.

The tireless volunteer has been involved with Girl Guides in Macarthur for 32 years.

She has been managing secretary for the Macarthur region for years, after beginning her Girl Guides career in a smaller capacity in 1985.

The Menangle resident has loved every minute of her time with the group and has enjoyed seeing it grow with the years.

“I love meeting people and giving advice,” she said.

“Watching everyone grow up has been wonderful.

“I won’t be stepping down completely, I’ll still be on call if they need something.”

Mrs Warner – who has also held the role of caretaker at the historic Camden Park House for 50 years – said the Girl Guides was a fabulous organisation.

“It is not in competition with the boys, it’s the girls’ own group,” she said.

“It teaches them to be role models.

“It has evolved a lot and is nothing like it used to be – there are lots of wonderful things for girls to do.”

The 70-year-old said while her role primarily involved attending many meetings, she always enjoyed watching Macarthur guides reach their potential.

“It is definitely an empowering group,” she said.

“Everything is up to the girls and they can achieve everything they want to.”

In her time with the Girl Guides Mrs Warner has covered a Macarthur patch spreading as far and wide as Picton, The Oaks, Narellan, Camden, Campbelltown, St Andrews and Holsworthy.

She is affectionately known by many guides – and their parents – as Daisy.

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