100th Anniversary Project

Canadian Girls In Training is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. As part of the celebration, the CGIT girls of the St. Mary’s Road United Church group want to know what CGIT was like in your day.

CGIT began in 1915! The anniversary will be celebrated more ways than one, but for the girls of St. Mary’s Road United, finding out about CGIT in years past seemed like a fun way to mark the anniversary. We went online to find out what life was like in each of the decades and found out some very interesting things (did people really wear their hair like that in the ’80s?). Now, we’d like to hear firsthand what CGIT was like in the past from alumnae; stories, photos, info about popular culture of the time… we’re interested in it all.

We had originally planned to just enjoy the stories in our group, and maybe at CGIT Camp Brereton (July 5-9), but now we’re thinking that it would be fun to share them at the anniversary event in the fall, and even maybe make a digital scrapbook of them.

Your stories and photos can be emailed to us at Please indicate if it is okay for us to share them at the anniversary event and/or in a digital scrapbook/book.

CGIT holds special memories for many girls and women, of many generations. Like a lot of groups of its kind, the numbers have been dwindling in recent years. Our group at St. Mary’s Road United is the only group in all of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario. We don’t let that dampen our spirits though. We want to celebrate what CGIT means to us, and we’d love to learn more about what CGIT has meant to so many others before us. Please help us spread the word – tell all the CGIT alumnae you know. It’s win-win… they’ll get a trip down memory lane, and we’ll get one more piece of wonderful Canadian history.


The St. Mary’s Road United Church CGIT Group


  • Wendy Paton

    I remember with great fondness my days in CGIT in Morden, MB back in the 50s. Had so much fun. I remember having a very hard time not giggling in a service, I think we were having communion or something like that. Giggles get ya! I remember that Ruth Winkler (Doern) got me a shirt for the 75th celebration. Wore it for years. Great organization.
    Wendy (Cook, George) Paton

  • Kerry (MacPherson) Craig

    In our little village of Middle Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia we had Explorers for the younger girls and CGIT for the older ones. I was in Explorers with my life-long friend Ronalda and we went faithfully every week. She would get a ride from her farm up to ours and we’d go to the church hall from there. We grew up in the 1970s…I found a picture of the two of us with proud smiles in our uniforms…navy cordoroy collottes (think wide-legged capris or a split skirt) and knee socks (I had these funky striped ones that had individual toes!) and crisp white blouses with the Explorers emblem lovingly sewn on over our hearts by our mothers, along with the red, blue and yellow star badges on our shoulder/sleeve, and a little gold “E” pin on our lapel. We had a red ribbon that went under our collar, crossed at the front & was secured by the Explorer pin…a coloured maple leaf with a compass in the middle with a star at the top and the word Explorers around the bottom (I still have it!) By the time we were ready for the older group, it had switched over to Girl Guides/Pathfinders, which we also enjoyed, but I never forgot that Explorers group. We had great teachers who really cared. We went on to babysit for those teachers, teach Sunday School ourselves, and I think Ronalda may still lead a Cubs/Scouts group. My daughter Ally has been enjoying the CGIT camp here in Manitoba for four years now and just loves it. I love how this group teaches us to discover, accept and love ourselves for who we are, accept and respect others, and come out more confident from the experiences they shared. Looking forward to the 100th anniversary celebration! From a proud alumnus,
    Kerry (MacPherson) Craig

  • Judith Balan ( nee Connon)

    Attended Explores and then CGIT for 3 years around 1951 at Norwood United Church. My girlfriend and myself had perfect attendance at church and CGIT for a year so was given a free trip to Lake Berereton. We were so excited and enjoyed camp so much, Met girls from other churches so made me open to others beliefs.
    Planning to attend the tea this Saturday.
    Judy Balan nee Connon

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