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2017 Central Escarpment Council Election – Call for Nominations

Scouts Canada is a corporation created by an Act of Parliament. Each Council has a say in the governance processes of the corporation through three voting members who are elected pursuant to Policy 1014. All Scouts Canada members born before December 31, 2003, are eligible to serve as Voting Members and to vote for their Council’s Voting Members.

The Voting Members represent Councils at the Scouts Canada Annual General Meeting and vote on a series of governance resolutions, including the election of the Board of Governors. They also represent their Councils at Special Meetings, if one is called during their term. Council Voting Members are elected for a one-year term. One of the three Voting Member positions is reserved for a youth member, but it should be noted that all three Voting Members from a Council may be youth members. By-law No. 2 defines youth members as those who are under the age of 27 years on September 1, 2017.

The 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held on November 18, 2017, in Toronto. Councils may ask their Voting Members to attend by webcast, video conference, or teleconference. Online voting facilities are made available for this purpose.

Candidate Eligibility

A Candidate must:

  • be an Ordinary Member and be registered and active within the Council that he or she proposes to represent;
  • be nominated in writing by 5 Ordinary Members who are registered with the same Council as the Candidate;
  • have attained the age of 14 years in the calendar year in which the election is conducted.

Filing a Nomination

Interested members may download a Nomination Form here. Nominations must be submitted to the Chief Elections Officer via e-mail (elections@scouts.ca) no later than 5:00 PM EST, May 22, 2017. A Candidate may make a Candidate Statement of no more than 750 words for distribution to the Ordinary Members. A Candidate Statement may contain external links and must be capable of being reproduced in a digital file format which when printed will not exceed one 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper.

Voting Process

Policy 1014 governs the voting process. Information about the voting process, timelines and frequently asked questions can be found here. The voting uses the single transferable vote system. Voters rank candidates in order of preference. This process is explained in more detail here. All Ordinary Members born prior to December 31, 2003 may may participate in electing their Council’s Voting Representatives. Voting will be online through MyScouts.ca; please ensure that your MyScouts account has been setup. Detailed instructions as to how to vote will be sent out closer to the date of the election period.

There are two main parts to this year’s process:

  • Call for Nominations is open from April 22, 2017 until May 22, 2017.
  • Voting opens on June 1, 2017 and closes on June 22, 2017.

The Chief Elections Officer will announce results within seven days after voting closes.

Have questions?

For more information, please contact your Deputy Elections Officer David Wiebe elections@scouter.ca or Chief Elections Officer Chris Pike at elections@scouts.ca.

Bill Rice – Gone Home

We are saddened with the news today that Bill Rice, from Burlington Area, passed away this morning. A 35 year volunteer with Scouts Canada who was recently honoured with the Bar to the Silver Acorn and the Award of Fortitude for his battle with Cancer. Bill was a strong supporter and volunteer with The Canadian Blood Services and with Movember were Bill had raised over $30,000.00 to help with Men’s health issues.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill’s family.

Gone Home far to soon.

Sincerely,

Deanna DeVito – Central Escarpment Council Youth Commissioner
David Frederick – Central Escarpment Council Commissioner
Ian Foss- Executive Director Scouts Canada

2017 CEC Youth Recognition Ceremony – Date and Registration Details

The 2017 CEC Youth Recognition Ceremony will be on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Sheridan College, 1400 Trafalgar Rd, Oakville, Ontario.

If you earned the Chief Scout, Queen’s Venturer or Canadian Rover Scout Award since May 2016 and would like to be included in this year’s Ceremony, please fill out and submit an application form

  • Download a copy –HERE
  • If you are a Canadian Rover Scout Award recipient, the form has not yet been updated to reflect this award.  Please indicate on the form (Add CANADIAN ROVER SCOUT AWARD).

Please send in the forms electronically by May 1, 2017 to Jen Austin (jenaustin@scouts.ca).

  • In the subject line, please specify “CEC Youth Recognition Ceremony Application – <Group Name> “
  • There is no need to send in the original form unless you do not have access to a computer.  In this case, please send the forms to the COSC (10 Kodiak Cr., Unit 120,  Toronto, ON , M3J 3G5),  and mark the envelope Attention: Jen Austin – CEC Youth Recognition Ceremony Application

Presentations for The North Star Award (Beavers) and The Seeonee Award (Cubs) will be done at the Group / Area level.

If there are any questions or issues, please contact our Council Youth Commissioner, Deanna Di Vito (deanna.divito@scouts.ca)

PLAN THE 2018 CECUBOREE CONTEST

Announcement announcement announcement!

Attention all Packs!

PLAN THE 2018 CECUBOREE CONTEST

How would you (and your Pack) like to create the next CECuboree? Here’s your chance to share your ideas for the perfect Cuboree with all of the Central Escarpment Council!

PLAN

Get your thinking caps on and come up with a theme. Then think of some of the exciting adventures that could happen during the camp. Finally flex your creative muscles and design the crest everyone gets to take home. We want to see you use your imaginations!

DO

1. Name and theme for the 2018 CECuboree
2. A list of activities that you think would be fun and exciting to do Cuboree weekend
3. Design a camp crest

REVIEW

Entries will be displayed at this year’s Cuboree during program time on Saturday and each attending Pack will get the opportunity to vote for the one they like best! Winner will be announced at Camp Closing on Sunday June 11th, 2017.

Winning submission will receive a 2018 crest for each member of your Pack at the 2018 camp, a $50 credit for the 2018 event registration for your Pack, invitation to lead camp opening howl, and uber-bragging rights!
All entries must be received by midnight May 27th. 2017. Please include your Scouting Area, Scouting Group, Pack name (in case of multiple Packs), Scouter contact information, and a full colour image of the crest design.

Please submit to contest@cecuboree.scouter.caand reference 2018 CECUBOREE Contest in the subject line.

Contest – Design the Official CEC CJ17 Badge

To one and all.

Do you have an Artists soul? Do you want one of your creations to be immortal? Do you want to be able to say with authority “I made that”?

We will be running a contest to create the Official CEC CJ17 badge. A panel of judges will be making the choice. The winner will be given 25 special bordered crests of their design.

Now the details:
1. Contest is open until midnight March 30 2017. Winner will announced April 6th 2017
2. All entries become the property of Scouts Canada.
3. Open to all Central Escarpment Council members of Scouts Canada.
4. Please send all submissions to contests@scouter.ca
5. Design may be modified for colours and size for the official badge.

Good luck to one and all!

Volunteer Opportunity – Webmaster Wellington Area

Wellington Area is currently looking for a Volunteer who would like to join the Area Team in the capacity of Webmaster.  This position can be done from your home at times that are best for you.  If you would like to talk more about the position please get in touch and we can arrange to meet.

Area Webmaster

Accountable to: Area Commissioner
Term: Appointed annually by the Area Commissioner.
Time required: 5 to 10 hours per month

Scope of Position:

The Area Webmaster is responsible for effective and appropriate operations of the Area website, electronic communication and other support to membership related to web/tech issues.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist all volunteers with email capabilities and functions. (Maintain @w.scouter.ca email forwards)
  • Accept, edit, prepare and post contributions from youth, parents, and volunteers. (Post onto the CEC Blog on behalf of Wellington Area)
  • Ensure that the information contained in the Area website is accurate and is updated on a regular basis to reflect changes in schedules, activity information, and news articles.  (Area Website Maintenance
  • Hold admin capabilities on Area Facebook pages. Moderate posts if required.
  • Assist groups or section leaders, where required, with implementing electronic communication tools
 Thanks,
Doug Lemcke
Area Commissioner – Wellington Area
Scouts Canada
doug.lemcke@scouts.ca

 

Appointment – North Waterloo Area Commissioner

 

We would like to take time to thank Shawn Frederick for his commitment to Scouts Canada as the Area Commissioner for North Waterloo these past four years. His hard work and his strong leadership as placed North Waterloo on a strong footing for attaining the goals for Scouts Canada’s five priorities.

In saying thank you to Shawn we are  also  saying welcome to Harry Niezen who has volunteered to be acting Interim Area Commissioner for North Waterloo. We are  confident in Harry’s leadership for the Area and we would ask you all to support him in his role. In accepting the role harry has outlined his priorities for the Area. We look forward to the future in North Waterloo.

Its been my honour and pleasure to be involved as a volunteer in Scouting since 1975.  I am proud of my contribution to the movement and to its youth members. I have served as  a Section Scouter in each of the 5 core sections.  I also have had the opportunity – for many years – to work at both the Area and Council level: most notably as the Council Commissioner in CEC,  For the last 5 years, I have been working as the Group Commissioner and Beaver Scouter with 30th Kitchener.

As I consider the needs of Scouting within North Waterloo, here are my priorities and it is these areas that I promise to direct my energies toward:

– North Waterloo needs a strong, active and visible Area Support team.  Our Groups and Section Scouters need support from Scouts Canada and the Area team would be the first line of that support.  For example, we need Scouters who can provide our Groups and Section Scouters with support in implementing the Canadian Path.

– North Waterloo has a number of Groups that are at risk of folding due to a lack of volunteers.  We need to create some strategic partnerships so that North Waterloo can continue to offer the programs that are currently available and build a foundation for future growth.

– Scouting in North Waterloo needs to be able to celebrate again.  There is a vibrant history in the Area and there are many active and retired members who deserve to be recognized.  Our members should feel proud to wear the North Waterloo crest on their uniform.

Can one person accomplish all of this?  I do not know.  All I know is that if we do not try, then we can be assured that these goals will not be met.

“We Be of One Blood, You and I”

Scouter Harry 

Please help us in congratulating Harry in his new role and we look forward to what the Future hold for Central Escarpment Scouting and Scouts Canada.

It Starts With Scouts

Deanna DeVito – Central Escarpment Council Youth Commissioner
David Frederick – Central Escarpment Council Commissioner
Ian Foss- Executive Director Scouts Canada


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