By Kim French, Director of Resource Centers
Congratulations to Lisa Perrault who has been awarded GSNI’s Volunteer Spotlight for June 2022!
Lisa joined Girl Scouts when she was in first grade and stayed involved through her sophomore year of high school. As an adult, she has been volunteering with Girl Scouts for four years, filling the roles of Troop 1743 Leader, Troop 449 Volunteer, Fall Product Troop Chair, and Cookie Program Troop Chair. Additionally, over the years she has assisted Fox Valley Service Unit as Treasurer, Co-Cookie Coordinator, and as a Girl Scout Organizer helping to stay connected with school troops.
GSNI Member Support Specialist Kim Agnello nominated Lisa, commenting, “She volunteers in her official roles and—as if that is not enough—Lisa also steps into any role where needed. She helps with service unit events, registration, recruitment, charity events, and camp! She reaches out to new volunteers and leaders in the Fox Valley area. She has been so kind to me and helpful with all my questions when I joined the team. When I have a new leader, she steps in to help them find their footing and helps mentor them in their new role. She is very dedicated to making sure the Girl Scouts have a variety of opportunities at all levels, so everyone feels included.”
Lisa shared that her favorite memories were the experiences Girl Scouts provided her. She says, “Our troop was a very active group. We made lifelong friends and learned skills which helped us in the future.”
How has volunteering brought meaning to Lisa? She notes, “I love spending time with the girls, seeing them grow up, and I love those ‘ah-ha!’ moments while they are working on badges. We try to incorporate The Three Processes (girl-led, learn by doing, and cooperative learning) into our Girl Scout meetings when working on badges. The girls help me lead the badge activities. Then, working together, they do the activities to complete them.”
When asked why Lisa volunteers, she mentioned, “I would like my daughter to have the same experiences I had in Girl Scouts. I just love to help the girls learn more about Girl Scouts.”
Lastly, Lisa’s advice to other Girl Scout volunteers and parents is, “Do your best! You are making an impact on the girls, even if you don’t think you are.”
Many thanks to Lisa for her dedication to Girl Scouts and her willingness to help build leaders of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place!
GSNI wishes to thank Patty Donahue and Image Awards Engraving and Creative Keepsakes in Geneva for providing the beautiful tile trivet awards for our Volunteer Spotlight Program.