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B.C. landmarks set to glow blue for Girl Guides campaign

Provincewide event in celebration of girl empowerment taking place Feb. 22
Landmarks across B.C., including BC Place, are set to glow blue in celebration of girl empowerment on Monday.
A number of B.C. landmarks are set to glow blue Monday (Feb. 22) in celebration of Girl Guides of Canada and girl empowerment.

Ninety landmarks across the province will light up in “guiding blue” after dark on Monday, and thousands of Girl Guides members are expected to decorate their homes and neighbourhoods in blue regalia.

The event also marks World Thinking Day – a “day of international friendship,” according to a Girl Guides news release – which is annually celebrated by the Girl Guides.

“It is an opportunity to speak out on issues that affect girls and young women, celebrate the founding of Girl Guides, and be connected to the 10 million members around the world who are part of the Guiding movement,” the release states.

Participating sites include places like BC Place, Canada Place, the Olympic Cauldron, Science World, and the B.C. legislature.

On the North Shore, North Vancouver City Hall, Presentation House Theatre, Lonsdale Quay Market, the office of North Vancouver-Lonsdale MLA Bowinn Ma, Park Royal, and the B.C. Girl Guides’ provincial office on West Esplanade are expected to glow blue as well.

“Despite the challenges of COVID-19, thousands of B.C. girls have stayed connected with online Girl Guide meetings, live virtual events, and safe outdoor activities. Now more than ever, it’s important for girls to develop relationships and make connections in their community. Guiding Lights Across BC is an exciting opportunity to celebrate how girls have kept their ‘Guiding lights’ shining bright in unprecedented times,” the release states.

A map of landmarks that will glow blue Monday is available on the Girl Guides website.