Miss Mary Fraser was born in 1887 to James and Fredrica. In 1911, she, along with Miss Mary Ritchie, formed the 1st Halifax Company, the original Girl Guides of Nova Scotia. They had taken ideas from Scouting and Guiding in England and translated it into activities for the thirty gils under their leadership. They participated in hiking, swimming, camping and other outdoor activities. Miss Fraser, the Company's lieutenant, ended up leaving to be married to Thomas M. Schenk. The company disbanded, but this would not be the end of Guiding in Nova Scotia, nor Mrs. Schenk's inlovement in the organization.
In 1927, Mrs. Schenk became District Commissioner for Halifax. During the summer of 1928, she took Miss Dalby, Dominion Field Representative, on a tour of the province, introducing her to Companies and Packs all over Nova Scotia and using her own automobile. Mrs. Schenk helped many Guides and Guiders in the first Nova Scotia Provincial Camp at Hubbards, on the shores of St. Margaret's Bay in 1929. In July, 1930, she was appointed one of two Canadian representatives to the World Conference at Foxlease. This trip is documented in the photo album contained in the collection, and her account of the trip is in Guiding in Nova Scotia.
In 1932, Mrs. Schenk was appointed Division Commissioner for Halifax. She also assisted at the first Provincial Patrol Leader's Camp in French Village. She was awarded the Medal of Merit and the King's Jubilee Medal in 1935, and attended the visit of Lord and Lady Baden-Powell held at Dalhousie University. During the years of World War II, Mrs. Schenk was very active in the war effort, driving a truck for The Magazine Exchange (giving soldiers leaving from Halifax reading material), working at the Navy, Army and Air Force canteens and the A.N.A Club for women, and encouraging Girl Guides to collect goods. In 1942, she was made Provincial Commissioner, a position she held until 1952. She was then made the Provincial Public Relations Commissioner in 1954. Mrs Schenk was awarded the Beaver in 1957, the highest award given in Guiding. In her retirement, Mrs Schenk still remained active in Guiding, and donated a portrait of herself to the Nova Scotia Association. This portrait hangs on the wall in the archives today. Mrs. Schenk passed away in November 1969 at the age of 82.