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Greater Toronto Council Elections

Candidate Statements

Carla Rudberg

Hello everyone, my name is Carla Rudberg. I’m a troop scouter for 18th Willowdale in the Greater Toronto Council (GTC). I’ve been with Scouts since 2012 and started as a Colony Scouter supporting my nephew’s unit and I’m still with my nephew but as a Troop Scouter.

Things I’ve done as a scouter is setting up the Toy Mountain campaign since 2017. In 2017, it was just 18th Willowdale but in 2018 and 2019 we joined with 14th Willowdale, and in 2019 we also partnered with 6th Willowdale. In 2020 the plan was to have more Toronto groups together, but due to COVID we had to revision how Toy Mountain looked. We were able to donate in partnership with 313th Toronto and 14th Willowdale about 180 toys. That is the most we’ve gotten to date.

Within my group, I help with fundraising as well.

I have been on a board of directors before while I was studying in college, so I understand the importance of by-laws and why they need to be voted on. Outside of scouts I’m active within the Jewish community and have done events such as speed dating and other fundraising programs to support children, women and families in both Canada and in Israel.

I will make sure that when I represent council at the Annual General Meeting, I’ll be thinking of all of our Scouts.

Jake Forsyth

I accept the nomination to stand as member-at-large Council Voting Representative (CVR) for the Greater Toronto Council (GTC). This would give me an opportunity to continue to support Scouting in Toronto and its advancements to provide valuable programs for youth.

I have been in Scouting for the last 22 years as a youth member and Scouter at the section level and multiple roles on council including Area Youth Commissioner, Deputy Council Youth Commissioner and Deputy Council Commissioner for various portfolios.  Recently I have completed my three-year term as Council Commissioner.

My current roles are Scouter at section level, Group Support Scouter and Fundraising Coordinator for Greater Toronto Council supporting National Fundraising initiatives as well as supporting groups with fundraising activities when we return to in-person Scouting. I have also been involved in two Canadian Jamborees and AdVenture14 in Newfoundland as well as the planning of the World Rover Moot when it was hosted in Canada in the summer of 2013.

Throughout these positions and activities, I have built relationships with scouters across the council and feel that these relationships would benefit me in supporting what the members of our council would like to see when it comes down to voting at the Annual General Meeting.

Yours In Scouting,
Jake Forsyth

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.

Paul Neal

Fellow members of Scouting!

Let me introduce myself: I’m Paul Neal, a proud Colony Scouter and Group Commissioner of the 138th Toronto Group.  I’m honoured to be nominated as a Member at Large voting representative for the Greater Toronto Council to represent fellow Groups, Scouters and youth at the National level.

I’ve returned to the Scouting movement after a break, truth be told.  My time in Scouts Canada as an adult is short.  My 6-year-old son re-lit my scouting enthusiasm when he joined Beavers a few years ago.  His early Scouting years remind me of my first experiences as a Cub camping at Mt. Nemo, planting trees in the mud, holding heavy baskets of apples and proudly carrying a flag in many parades.  I remember being a Five Star Cub, summer camps, challenging knots, hunting snipes, global scouting opportunities and becoming a brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow (OA) and earning the coveted Eagle Scout award in the US. 

Times have changed, indeed, but I remember these experiences like it was yesterday.  Those outdoor and leadership skills learned while young have been invaluable, and I’m excited that our current scouting youth will have similar memories and skills as apart of their future as well.

The role of voting representative for the Greater Toronto Council to present your vote to the National level would be a task I’m keen to take on - for you and our youth - in order to keep the scouting spirit touching lives of youth.

Who am I?

I’m a Dad.  I’m a scouter.   I’m a husband.  I’m a volunteer. 

I’m fresh.  I’m passionate.  I represent.

I’m an Eagle Scout.

I’m a professional.  I’m a business owner.  I have board experience.

Thank you for your support.  Be Prepared.

Rubene De Sousa

Hello Scouting friends!  My name is Rubene De Sousa, Group Commissioner of the 42nd Toronto. I am currently running for the position of a Council Voting Representative (CVR) for the Greater Toronto Council (GTC). The CVRs plus Board of Governors, honourary and special voting members make up the 84 people who vote on behalf of all members of Scouts Canada.

I want to tell you a bit about myself. I have been a Scouter with the 42nd Toronto in GTC for over 33 years and a member of Scouts Canada since my Scout youth days in 1982. I have represented GTC proudly in the past as an Area Commissioner for Skyline Area and as a national social media advisor on the National Service Team.

I continue to make you proud by representing Greater Toronto Council in my current  role as Deputy Council Commissioner – Marketing and Communications, and my role on the National Communications Functional Team. I have served on the Canadian and World stages as a member of CJ01, CJ13, CJ17, WJ15 and WJ19 contingent marketing teams, and currently serve on the World Scout Jamboree (WJ23) Canadian contingent management team.

I also have experience as a Council Voting Representative, having proudly represented Greater Toronto Council and all of your interests three times previously.

It would be my privilege to be your next Council Voting Representative at the upcoming National AGM. I am always here to serve you all in Toronto.

Spencer Julien (Youth)

It has been a pleasure to represent Greater Toronto Council (GTC) as a Council Voting Representative (CVR) since 2015 and would be an honour to continue to do so for the coming Scouting year.

I am extremely passionate about the goals of our organization and see the great value our programs bring to youth across the country. I experienced this value first hand and it has galvanized the passion which I bring to supporting our organization. When I look back at what has formed my relationship with the world and how I understand my role within it, Scouting comes to the forefront as the most influential part of my personal growth. When I first became acquainted with the Scouting movement, it offered me a place to show my strengths, understand my weaknesses, and grow from that holistic experience of learning. I learned how to apply myself, solve problems and help others through the core principles of what Scouting has offered to millions of youth around the world. Scouting’s beauty is in its simplicity, an informal place where young people learn about the world and about themselves while doing things they have never done before — this unique place that Scouting occupies within our world has defined it for over a century as the best place for young people to grow. The value of Scouting for me is that I was lucky enough to be one of those young people allowed to grow, and that I have been able to support the growth of others after reaping the benefits which Scouts Canada has to offer.

Within our council, I have served as the Council Youth Commissioner (2017-2018), Area Youth Commissioner for Old Mill Area (2013-2016), Deputy Council Youth Commissioner (2014-2016) and Group Commissioner for the 65th Toronto (2017). At the national level, I served as a member of the Canadian Path Team (2015-2017), a Youth Spokesperson (2015-2018) and most recently as the Project Lead — Youth Leadership Training (2017-2018). I have also had the honour of serving on the Board of Governors’ Nominating Committee (2015-16, 2017-18, and 2018-19) acting on behalf of Scouters across the country to bring leadership to our Board and National Key 3 which has continued our ongoing modernization.

I would be honoured to have your support this year for another term as a Council Voting Representative for Greater Toronto Council.