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Newfoundland and Labrador Council Elections

Candidate Statements

Charlotte Belbin

My Name is Charlotte Belbin. I am the Council Youth Commissioner for Newfoundland and Labrador, and I would like to represent our Council as a Youth Voting Representative.

I am a grade 11 student at Holy Heart of Mary High School, St. John's, NL with a strong background in scouting. Currently, I am the President for both the 1st RNC Police Venturer Company as well as the 1st MacPherson Venturer Company. I believe I would be a very strong candidate for consideration.

I come from a scouting family and have been a member of scouting since I was 5 years old. In those eleven years, I have learned and experienced incredible new things, made many new friends, and created memories to last a lifetime. During this experience, I have not

only been involved as a participant but I have also taken on leadership roles. This includes involvement in various scouting activities, events, and camps such as Provincial Jamborees and Canadian Jamboree.

In 2019 I was privileged to be recognized as 2019 scout of the year in my group and I am looking forward to completing my Duke of Edinburgh Award and Queen’s Venturer awards. Outside of scouting, I am active in my community through such activities as coaching and mentoring youth in curling and refereeing young soccer teams.

I believe in good representation, and I am strongly committed to devoting time and effort into our council.

Thank you for your consideration.

Jason Nault

Aside from my family, being a Scouter is quite simply what is most important to me in my life. I have been a full time Scouter for 13 years with experience in every section from Beaver Scouts to Rover Scouts. I am currently the Contingent Lead for Scouts Canada’s largest non-WJ international contingent (the 2023 Haarlem Jamborette), and served as the contingent lead for the 2019 Haarlem Jamborette as well. I have served on numerous National Committees including the Beaver Scout Revitalization Team (later Canadian Path) and the National Events Team. Last year I was awarded the Bar to the Silver Acorn for exceptional service to the Movement. Youth Leadership and the Scout Method are my primary passions – learning by doing, embracing failure as a learning tool, and trusting our youth to lead their Movement. I am running to be a voting member to do my part to protect the youths’ Movement and to ensure youth leadership, adventure and the Scout Method remain our primary focus and that as an organization, we are strong enough to keep the campfire burning. I am passionate about Jamborees and major events, and I feel that they are a quintessential part to the Scouting experience. I love Camp Nor’Wes and I believe it is essential to ensure that Scouts have access to this magical place for generations to come. Thanks for your consideration.

Paula Kieley

I have been a registered member of Scouting since 2010 and prior to that I was a registered member of Girl Guides of Canada for 20 plus years. I joined the 1st Topsail Cub Pack with my son when he became a Cub and have been actively involved in Scouting. I strongly believe in the principles and values of Scouting and what it offers to youth throughout the world. I have held various roles in Scouting including Scouter for Cubs, Scouts and Venture groups. I have completed all the necessary training and safety requirements for Scouts Canada and continue to stay up to date with trainings.

I have served as one of the three Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) representatives since 2019 and believe that my involvement has resulted in some important changes in the voting representatives' role within Scouting. I have voiced the concerns of NL and have never missed a meeting/video conference or Annual General Meeting since my election to be the NL representative. I hope to continue to support Scouting and once again put my name forward as the NL Council Voting Representative.

I have a love of nature and I enjoy outdoor adventures whether that be camping (year-round), hiking, canoeing, cooking skills and spending time with youth and Scouters with likeminded values. I have become known at the Scouter to teach outdoor cooking skills to the youth in CBS sharing my knowledge of open fire cooking, box oven, buddy burners as well as various stove cooking skills.

I have attended several group year-end camps, provincial jamborees, national camps and interprovincial exchanges within Canada and proud to have been involved with the 24th World Jamboree. The majority of these travel adventures included fundraising and supporting youth who would never be able to take advantage of these opportunities if they were not members of Scouting. I believe in the values of Scouting to empower youth to be everything they want to be. Whether that is exploring STEM, trying new foods, or tackling new outdoor adventures, the pleasure I receive personally is when I see a youth step outside their comfort zone to reach new heights. I strongly believe Scouting is a wonderful organization, providing a place for youth to feel valued and supported where they have a voice that matters.

I have also been a registered leader with the Duke of Edinburgh program for 10 plus years and continue to be active in supporter of this program, which like Scouting is a global program with the goal of challenging and empowering youth to set goals and challenge them to take control of their lives and future.

I am an alumnus of Memorial University of Newfoundland and have more than 30 years of business experience working in management roles. I have served on various boards/committee throughout my business career and have a strong understanding of business operations and decision-making processes. I have managed several special projects, acquired funding/grant applications and been successful in acquiring more than $10 million in funding/grants for various projects throughout my career.

Scouting continues to one of the best values for our youth. It is a wonderful program where youth in communities across the country are provided a platform that helps them chart their individual lives and equips them with important life skills.

I offer myself as a Voting Member for Scouts Canada representing the Newfoundland and Labrador Council.

Zoey Healey

My name is Zoey Healey, and I am a volunteer and youth member with the 4th Grand Falls Group in Newfoundland and Labrador. I hold many roles within my group, including Youth Group Commissioner, all-section Scouter, and Rover Scout. I am also part of the HJX team on the Canadian Contingent Team for the 2023 Haarlem Jamborette. 

Throughout my time in the Scouting program, I have attended many camps, have co-led and led expeditions (including an international trip to the Haarlem Jamborette in 2019) and have put my all into volunteering in all of our sections, mainly Beavers, Cubs, and recently Scouts. I feel that my experience gives me a better understanding and makes me uniquely qualified to be a voting member for the Newfoundland and Labrador Council.

I also have experience with being in a role where I am a voice for other youth in an organization as I spent 3 years as Post President and Provincial Youth Director for Allied Youth. I feel that this experience, along with my experience with leadership roles within Scouts makes me a well-rounded candidate to serve as a voting member for our Council.

I see Scouting from every angle and know the wants and needs based on the sections. I have always had the mindset of “what can I do for others” and strive to live up to this in every way I can, this includes voting with the best interest of our members in mind.