Kaelem Moniz (Youth)
I can’t remember my first Scouting-related adventure but I’ve been in Scouts long enough that it has simply become enveloped in my childhood. Since then I have enjoyed many others that have made me a better Scout and citizen. Whether it has been volunteering at a soup kitchen, reforesting the Humber or organizing the Council Youth Recognition Ceremony, I know that Scouting is greatly beneficial for youth. It is through my appreciation of this fact that I currently serve as Council Youth Commissioner (CYC) for the Greater Toronto Council (GTC), as well as a Youth Spokesperson for Scouts Canada. I volunteer in order to benefit the Scouting experience for youth across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). I am running for Council Voting Representative because I know that I can best represent our council at the National level and ultimately better Scouting for both youth and Scouters.
I am prepared to represent our council through my experience working with the council. One of the great benefits of my current role as CYC is that I can work closely with groups and Scouting youth in order to determine how to better their experience. This recently manifested itself in working with the Council Service Team for the transition to Virtual Scouting. I was able to reach out to many of our groups in order to ascertain areas where support was needed and how we might be able to provide this support. Through this outreach, I was able to gain a better understanding of many of our groups as well as how Scouting can best move forward with the new program. Should I be elected Council Voting Representative, I would be able to take these understandings to the national level and advocate for policy and procedure that would best help our groups at the grassroots level.
I am also prepared to best represent our council through my past experience as a Scout with my own group, the 153rd Old Mill. I have enjoyed many Scouting experiences that have allowed me to better comprehend how Scouting can enrich the lives of our youth. For example, I know that the many Scout properties that we enjoy, such as Toronto’s own Woodland Trails and Haliburton Scout Reserve, are essential to the Scouting experience. My understanding of these properties and my appreciation for them as assets to Scouting as a whole would assist in understanding the issues that impact them.
Through past experience and knowledge I am able to better understand current Scouting policy, allowing me to be better informed as a Council Voting Representative. I have attended three AGMs and three National Service Team meetings, all of which featured several workshops on Scouting policy and procedure. Both have given me the background knowledge necessary to represent our council comprehensively. In fact, at last year’s AGM, I was honoured to vote on behalf of our council on policy and procedure, a position that I held with great pride. It is through my past experience that I am best prepared to represent our council.
Finally, my experience working with and for youth in the council has better prepared me to vote on behalf of the GTA. I have been fortunate to meet and work with youth across the council, and am prepared to advocate their beliefs at our AGM. Examples include when I drop in on groups to speak about the values of youth leadership, participate in youth-led panels and speak internationally - most recently to Scouts from the United Arab Emirates - about the values of the Canadian Path system we operate. I am very prepared and qualified to vote on behalf of our council because of my experience working with and for youth at the council level.
Overall, it has been a great honour to serve as your Council Youth Commissioner, as well as to represent Scouts Canada as a Youth Spokesperson. As a voting member, I would represent our council effectively, informing my votes with my background knowledge of Scouting and the many needs of our council. I would commit to becoming more involved in my outreach to groups and using my past experiences to best represent our Scouting Youth. I would be honoured to serve as one of your three Council Voting Representatives and I know, given my past experience, background knowledge and passion for Scouting, that I would be an effective representative at the national level.