Janet Shearer started her Guiding Journey as a young girl in the UK. She enjoyed the fun, friendship and adventure of Girl Guiding and was running the Guide unit when she was 17. Janet also gained her Queen’s Guide in the UK – this is the highest achievement award that a youth member can receive.

Janet was lucky enough to have experience as a Senior Guide (Ranger) in Switzerland while she was there for a year, working as an au pair.

After migrating to Australia with her family, approximately 40 years ago, Janet continued volunteering with Girl Guides. She took on the Guiding name – ‘Kinta’ and became a unit helper, unit leader and then District Manager at Galston from 1986 to 2002. She subsequently became District Manager for Waitara District for 8 years.

Kinta returned to Galston as a Unit Helper in 2015, making this over 20 years as a volunteer with Galston Girl Guides. The local community very much appreciate everything she has done for the youth in our area, as she continues to share her love of Guiding with the girls. Recently, Kinta received the Boronia Award in recognition for her Good Service in the Local Area.

We thank Janet for the enthusiasm she has given to the various Guiding roles she has been involved in, the difference she has made to so many girls and young women over the 30 years.

It is in recognition of Janet’s continued commitment to Girl Guides, that earlier this year she was presented with a 30- year pin, representing over 30 years of adult membership.