Inspirational Brown Owl Sheena is in running for award

SO DEDICATED ... Sheena Kaupa who has given 20 years' loyal service to the Brownies in South Shields
SO DEDICATED ... Sheena Kaupa who has given 20 years' loyal service to the Brownies in South Shields

stunned Sheena Kaupa could hardly believe it after hearing she was in the running for a Best of South Tyneside award.

But the Brown Owl with the 8th South Shields (St Michael’s) Brownie Pack really is in the hunt for an honour in our competition which aims to reward the best in our communities.

She not only inspires the girls in her group, many return to the fold to become a Brownie helper.

It left Sheena saying: “I am gobsmacked.”

Modest Sheena passed on the credit for her success to the excellent team which supports her.

She praised Tawny Owl Gail Maxwell, Snowy Owl Vicky Brown, Midnight Owl Charlotte Craig and Honey Owl Dawn Irwin, who have all given decades of service.

Sheena also praised the young leaders who had made such a difference, Eleanor Peggie, 17, Abigail Maxwell and Charlotte Whitfield, both 14.

But it is Sheena who has been nominated for an award and her nomination said: “Sheena has run a thriving Brownie group in South Shields since the late 90s.”

The nomination praised Sheena who “not only inspires the girls in her group, many return to the fold to become a Brownie helper, with some of us leaving to set up or run our own packs, inspired by the great work that Sheena does.”

Sheena is one of three generations of her family in either the Brownie or Scout movement.

She joins an already impressive list of entries for our competition.

Nominations for the awards are now closed. The judges will soon be choosing a shortlist.

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