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Brookfield Girl Scout Pairs Up Seniors, TBI Survivors To Earn Gold Award

Olivia Morin of Brookfield has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. Photo Credit: Contributed
A total of 86 Girl Scouts earned their Gold Awards for the Class of 2016, including 40 from Fairfield County. Photo Credit: Gir Scouts of Connecticut

BROOKFIELD, Conn. — Olivia Morin of Brookfield has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

Morin's Gold Award project addressed the issue of the gap of communication between the elderly and others in the community.

She created a mobile library and trained traumatic brain injury survivors to go into the nursing homes to share and read a book with the seniors, talk to them and keep each other company.

Both parties benefitted because they were able to experience each others’ company, learn new things, and work on their communication skills.

Every few weeks, the TBI survivors would return with a new book to read, share opinions, and socialize. The TBI survivors enjoyed her program so much that they will continue to implement the Mobile Library next year.

In the fall, she will attend Temple University.

Celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year, the Gold Award requires a high school age Girl Scout to spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team and making a sustainable impact in the community.

A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader. Nationally, only 6 percent of Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award.

The Girl Scouts all began more than 100 years ago with one woman, Juliette Gordon Low, who believed in the power of one girl. Girl Scouts of Connecticut are now more than 52,000 members strong. They are part of a sisterhood of 2.7 million around the globe.

“Since 1916, approximately 1 million Girl Scouts have made a sustainable impact in their communities,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “We are so thrilled to honor a record number of girls this year and we are excited to see how many more incredible young women will continue to change the world in the next 100 years.”

For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, click here .

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