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’True enrichment in life’

Jackie Macadam meets Susan MacKenzie, who has offered lifelong service to the Girls’ Brigade.

“I REMEMBER quite clearly being taken out for breakfast in Singapore. I sat down to a bowl of soup that had bits of ish in it – including the eyes which seemed to be staring up at me. I was very glad of the pint mug of very strong black cofee that went with it!”

Susan MacKenzie laughs as she recalls one of the many strange situations she found herself in as she represented the Girls’ Brigade in diferent situations around the world.

Singapore was a long way from Susan’s starting place with the Brigade, as a child in the Girl’s Guildry, in Inverness.

“Mum and Dad attended Inverness East Church which was Dad’s family church and is where I was baptised. I attended Sunday School and Bible Class at the East Church throughout my childhood and of course Girls’ Guildry/Brigade.

“Early memories of Girls’ Guildry include the Guildry Garden smocks and berets and weekly Greenwood inspection when I regularly got a row for biting my nails and of course the excitement of camps.

“I developed a keen interest in sport during my time in secondary school. I followed this up by studying PE at Dunfermline College of PE in Edinburgh in the mid 1970s, when I attended Cramond Kirk where the Rev Campbell MacLean was minister and also college chaplain.

“This led to a career in secondary teaching that lasted for 35 years, 32 of which were at Charleston Academy in Inverness. The first half of my career was in PE before moving into the role of Guidance in the early 90s.

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