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Nova Scotia Council Elections

Candidate Statements

Justin Dubreuil

Hello fellow Scouters,

I want to introduce myself as I am putting my name forward for Council Voting Representative with the Nova Scotia Council.

I'm originally from Truro and started my adventure with Scouts Canada as a Beaver with 3rd Truro. I'm also a graduate from the N.S.C.C., Truro Campus, in Recreation and Leisure Studies and have worked for an array of organizations with a focus on youth programming and development.

I continued my studies at Dalhousie University where I graduated with a B.A. in International Development Studies. I've always looked for ways to incorporate sport and recreation as a catalyst for community development and took my degree globally. After graduation I was accepted into the International Youth Internship Program where I worked with a local NGO in Cape Town South Africa.

After returning from my internship, I accepted a role with the Tim Horton's Foundation Camps. For four and half years I held may roles including General Manager of Tim Horton Camp Whiteshell located in Manitoba. I am a certified Wilderness First Responder and a highlight at camp was always leading hiking trips with summer campers and staff through parts of the beautiful Canadian shield.

Nova Scotia was always home, and the opportunity to now work with Scouts Canada for the past year and a half, doing the things I love, in my home province has been more than what I could have hoped for even during a pandemic. The phenomenal volunteers that I have gotten to know and get to work with and support each day is both inspiring and humbling. I am excited to step into a new role with Scouts Canada and the Nova Scotia Council if elected as Council Voting Representative.

Mark Pound

I am very active in my community. This is my 7th year as a scouter, most recently serving with the 1st Wolfville Troop. For the past 3 years I served as Akela for the 1st Wolfville Pack. I am currently a Safety Officer with the Kentville Volunteer Fire Department. I am no stranger to board work, as I'm also a member at large for the Nova Scotia Firefighter School. I would be honoured to represent Nova Scotia as a voting member at the 2021 AGM.

Zach Fitzsimmons

You could say that I was born into a Scouting family. For as long as I can remember, my entire family has been involved with Scouting (and Guiding) and at the age of 5, I too started my Scouting career by joining the 5th Cole Harbour Beaver Colony as a bright eyed, brown tail. After spending my youth years in Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, like so many of our youth today, I was trying to balance my time commitment to Scouting as well as many other extracurricular activities and, as a result, had to make the difficult decision to temporarily leave the movement. Over the few years away from Scouting, I felt as though a piece of me was missing. I continued to miss all of the adventures, camps, and the overall sense of community that Scouting provides its membership and so, once old enough, I returned to Scouting in 2003 as a Scouter in Training and haven’t looked back since.

In the years since rejoining Scouting, I have spent time as a Scouter at the Colony, Pack, Crew, and most recently, Company levels. In addition to my Section Scouter role, I have also volunteered at the Council level by acting as the DCC - Recognition from 2018 - 2019 and most recently as your Council Commissioner since 2020.

To say the past 7 months have been difficult to manage our Council through the COVID-19 pandemic would be an understatement. I, like so many of you, want to get back to the time in which we were able to camp together, take part in outdoor adventures and even hold larger events and jamborees. It has been a struggle at times, to seem as though we are taking one step forward and two steps back as we move back and forth between the stages of the Return to Scouting plan, but rest assured we will come out the other side of this pandemic and be stronger for it. You have all been doing an amazing job keeping youth engaged and involved in Scouting throughout the past 15 months. I know it has not been easy, but now more than ever, our youth need Scouting.

As we look to the light at the end of the COVID tunnel, we know that there will be a great deal of work to get our Council back to the fantastic organization it was before the pandemic, and as one of your Council Voting Representatives, my goal will be to engage with all of our Council membership and help bring forth your ideas and passion so that we can work together to revitalize and rebuild Scouting in Nova Scotia. Having spent my entire Scouting career of 25 years all within the NS Council, I am excited at the potential opportunity to help shape the future of Scouting in our province as one of your representatives and I thank you in advance for your support.