Girlguiding Edinburgh were saddened to hear of the death of one of our leaders, Jinty Lonie.
With more than 50 years of dedicated service as a Guide Leader, Jinty went above and beyond to help guiding thrive in Edinburgh, and empowered hundreds of girls to grow in confidence and be a powerful force for good. Jinty was an inspiration to Girlguiding and an asset to Girlguiding Edinburgh.
This lady was full of knowledge and talent and had an amazing sense of humour. She would do anything for you and nothing was a problem she just got on with it, you would turn your back on the Campsite and Jinty would be away sorting things out. Jinty would often be found sorting out problems with equipment or helping Leaders and girls to pitch tents, and she was always happy to share her knowledge and experience. Jinty has supported many girls to enjoy new experiences, learn new skills and make new friends on unforgettable trips and camps.
Jinty has inspired and empowered hundreds of girls and Leaders to grow in confidence, reach for the stars, have fun and be a powerful force for good. Volunteers who have worked with Jinty praised the passion and enthusiasm in all she done as a Girlguiding volunteer as well as her encouraging and supportive nature. The friends she has made over her years from Guides to Leaders has been outstanding and everyone knows and has heard of Jinty as she is very highly spoken off with great respect.
Jinty was presented with her Scottish Chief Commissioner’s Award In September 2018 at a weekly meeting of her Guide unit, 155th Edinburgh Guides in Stockbridge. The award was a complete surprise to Jinty who knew nothing of it. Jintys family and Guiding friends also joined the celebration. This award from Girlguiding Scotland came in the same year that Jinty received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Youthlink Scotland – presented to her by Education Secretary John Swinney – in recognition of her committed, consistent and outstanding service to young people and the youth work sector.