My name is Bill Kowalchyk and I am writing to request your support in my candidacy as a Council Voting Representative for Battlefields Council to the Scouts Canada National AGM.
I first joined Scouting as a Cub in 1976 in Burlington, Ontario and remained involved through Venturers, earning my Chief Scout's Award along the way. After a 10-year hiatus, I returned to Scouting as a volunteer in 1996 – returning as a Pack Scouter with the same group I was involved in as a youth. This is now my 25th year as a Scouter and through the years I have worked primarily with Pack and Troop, with a few stops at Colony and Company. While maintaining my involvement at the section level, I also recognize the need for volunteer participation and leadership at the Council and National levels. I have been involved behind the scenes as a Group Commissioner, Deputy Area Commissioner, Area Commissioner, and Deputy Council Commissioner. As a member of Central Escarpment Council, I was a voting representative in 2005 and 2006 and I was most recently a voting representative for Battlefields at the 2017 AGM. I recently completed a term as Deputy National Commissioner for Program Services and am now working with 6th Dundas in Battlefields Council where my youngest children are youth members.
At the National level, I was part of the Program Revitalization team for the Scout Section and was a part of the team which developed the Personal Achievement Badge system. While I am a strong supporter and believer in the Canadian Path program, as a Section Scouter I fully appreciate the challenges Scouters have faced in transitioning to that program. In my role as Deputy National Commissioner, I was part of a team of volunteers and staff that brought forward the Canadian Path Navigator to help groups with their program transition and was also part of the development and launch of the Woggle e-newsletter to help provide tips and resources to Scouters.
I live in Dundas with my wife and three children and have worked in Quality Engineering in the automotive parts industry for over 25 years. I am very excited to be able to share my love of Scouting with my adult stepdaughter (involved in the program through to Rovers) and two sons (one Cub, one Scout) who are active and enthusiastic members of Scouts Canada.
I believe in strong partnerships between grassroots volunteers and staff support within Scouts Canada. I feel that with my background and experiences in Scouts Canada at both the Council / National level, and most importantly at the section level, I would be a good representative of the members of the Council and would be honoured to serve as a voting member for Battlefields.