Girlz just want to have fun in the summer

The Golden Women’s Resource Centre’s Girlz Group starts summer session.

The summer session of the Golden Women’s Resource Centre’s Girlz Group is about to begin.

The centre’s hugely successful Girlz Group programs, that start new six-week  sessions every season. “This is just a place for the girls to be, ask their questions, get honest answers and have fun,” said Linley McLean, executive director of the Golden Women’s Resource Centre. McLean runs the Girlz Group with Sarah Wegelin, special projects co-ordinator with the centre.

“Our goal is to provide a space where the girls can speak their own opinions, and maybe come out of their shell a little bit,” said Wegelin. For the summer session, there will be two week-long camps; one for the Grade 5 girls, and one for the Grade 6 and 7 girls.

“The  summer is all about crafts,” said McLean. “Based on feedback from the girls we’ll be doing games in the park, making friendship bracelets, volunteering in the community, doing some letter writing, a fashion show, a potluck. It sounds like a lot for just one week.”

McLean and Wegelin have been running the Girlz Group for several years, and they always have a new experience, and learn from the diverse group of girls who participate.

“We see some new faces every fall with the Grade 5s, and we say goodbye to our Grade 7s too in the summer. It’s great to see the rotation,” said Wegelin.

At the end of the week, during the potluck dinner, there is the question and answer period. There is a question box in the washroom at the Women’s Centre, and girls can put in whatever question they have anonymously.

“The questions range from anything like math, to more serious stuff like friendships and relationships,” said McLean. “I find in our discussions it’s really interesting what they come up with, and we try to let them direct the conversation. I’m always impressed.”

Registration forms are being (or have already been) handed out at the schools, and participants can just drop the forms off at the Women’s Centre on 9th Avenue North.

The group usually caps at 10 girls per session Wegelin and McLean like to keep the numbers relatively small to make sure each girl gets the proper attention and time to speak during the discussions. For more information go to


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