Shannon Isaac is helping shape the future of Airdrie.

Isaac has been involved with the Girl Guides for 26 years, initially starting as a member herself, and working as a leader for the past 14 years.

“What I enjoy the most about being a leader is the opportunity to mentor and help girls challenge themselves and grow,” she says.

“Guiding is a girl-centred program that is focused on empowering young women to be the best people they can be regardless of circumstance.”

Isaac says the program was recently re-vamped so the girls decide what’s important to them and take part in activities that revolve around those interests.

“She always places other people before her, as is her giving nature and her desire to do good for others,” says Rebekah Azevedo, Isaac’s friend and nominator.

“She teaches and guides the young girls –including my daughter who was a part of the Girl Guides program last year – to have skills and helps builds self-confidence by accepting themselves and their abilities.”

Isaac says one of the most rewarding experiences she has had in her time with the Guides was last year when she took part in a leader trip to one of the world centres in Switzerland.