School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap)

Charlotte Hunter Scholarship

 Charlotte Hunter took on the challenge of Girl Guides for a lifetime. Starting as a young girl in rural Ontario she joined as a distant enrolled Girl Guide. Her real involvement with Girl Guides started twenty years later when her own daughters, Danielle, and Christine, joined Sparks, then moved on to Brownies and Guides. 

She began as a parent with a talent to create treasures and crafts, and a willingness to share. Her talent to connect with the other girls was noticed by other leaders and she was encouraged to step up as a leader. She did, following her daughters through the program all the way to Path Finders and Senior Branch. 

Charlotte enjoyed the time with the girls doing the Girl Guide program work – crafting, selling cookies, and going on week-long International Spirit of Adventure Rendezvous camps. The camp in Mexico City was the most memorable. 

Well respected by her peers, Charlotte was further encouraged to work behind the scenes by managing and auditing the finances of the local units. She progressed through the local executive, eventually becoming District Commissionaire. Her quiet, gentle personality and willingness to take on new challenges was recognized by all, and she was awarded many Girl Guide awards, not the least of which was the Book of Honor. 

When her time with the girls was over Charlotte retired to the local Trefoil Guild, enjoying their monthly luncheons. She also participated in many of their crafting projects – hospital teddy bears for young patients, lap blankets for the elderly, and crafts for Santa Anonymous. Charlotte thoroughly enjoyed her time in Girl Guides, but she really treasured the people she met and worked with – The Sisterhood. 

With this endowment and scholarship, the Hunter family, in memory of Charlotte, wish to challenge the young women of our community to strive to be more than they think they are capable of being. 


A female student graduating from within the SD83 catchment area who intends to pursue further academic or vocational education or training at an accredited post-secondary institution. The recipient of the scholarship from the Fund will be selected by officials of the School District, with input from the Shuswap (Wa’ya Spirit) District Girl Guide leadership and will be a student who:

  • has participated in the Shuswap (Wa’ya Spirit) District Girl Guides program (inclusive of correspondence and distance).
  • participation in the Girl Guides Program will be a minimum requirement for applicants;
  • is a person of good character who has demonstrated community involvement, citizenship and leadership;
  • has demonstrated an ability to work hard and meet their achievement goals;
  • shows initiative and a desire to succeed in their chosen field of study.