New Girl Guides leader to push body image, esteem teachings

Noranda resident Katrina Lane will start her new role as State Commissioner at Girl Guides WA based in Belmont in July. Picture: David Baylis
Noranda resident Katrina Lane will start her new role as State Commissioner at Girl Guides WA based in Belmont in July. Picture: David Baylis

THE new Girl Guides WA State Commissioner is ready to make the Belmont-based organisation be known for more than just their biscuits.

Noranda resident Katrina Lane has been a Girl Guides WA volunteer since her niece joined Morley Girl Guides 10 years ago.

She will start her role as State Commissioner on July 1 after holding a role as Assistant State Commissioner since 2016.

Ms Lane said future programs for the girls would tackle issues including self-esteem and body image, financial literacy and gender imbalance in board members.

“In my time, I would really like people to look beyond the biscuits,” she said.

“Biscuits are great and it makes people smile but I would love to extend that conversation.”

Ms Lane said the role of the Girl Guides was to provide a safe space for girls to work out who they were and how they fit in society.

“There’s research to say a girls’ only space is uplifting to young women,” she said.

“We can provide that safe space where they can be themselves.”