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Lady Joyce Price OBE CMG

During 50 years of volunteer service to the Girl Guides, Lady Joyce Price was a role model through her leadership.

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When 13-year-old Joyce Price made her Girl Guide Promise to 'do her best, help other people and keep the Guide Law', she never imagined it was a lifelong commitment.

She put her Guiding career on hold while she completed a Masters of Science degree at the University of Adelaide, but resumed when her daughters joined the local Brownies in Caulfield. She became District Commissioner for the Girl Guides of Caulfield and later Victorian State Commissioner. The pinnacle of her success was in 1975 when she was elected Chairperson of the World Association Girl Guides and Girl Scouts where she was responsible for the administration and policies of the Guide Movement in 104 countries, affecting eight million members.

She is the only person to serve a double term as Chairperson and the only Australian hold the position. Lady Price travelled extensively with the Guides and stayed with Lady Baden-Powell, World Chief Guide, when in London and gave the eulogy at her memorial service at Westminster Abbey.

Awarded the Officer of the British Empire (OBE) and Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for services to the Girl Guides, she was also awarded the Silver Fish for International Guiding Award, the Silver Kangaroo, an Australian Guiding Award, and prestigious World Association Girl Guides and Girl Scouts medal for exceptional service to the Guides Association. The new Guides Victoria headquarters is named in her honour.