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Chinook Council Elections

Candidate Statements

Jonathan Churchill

Scouting has impacted my life in many ways. I have learned useful skills, taken up new hobbies, set goals and accomplished them, and developed leadership skills that have made me better prepared for success in the world. Some of the skills I have learned are how to build a fire, safe use of knives, saws and axes, leave no trace camping, canoeing, backpacking, and snowshoeing. Some new hobbies that scouting has introduced me to are making Paracord bracelets, rock climbing, snowshoe backpacking, and camping. When I was a cub I set the goal to earn all six stars, I worked to earn my chief scout’s award, and complete my wilderness first aid so that we can go on longer backpacking trips with the Venturers. I have developed skills such as organization, planning events, completing outdoor application forms and risk assessments. Through my work as Area Youth Commissioner, Deputy Council Youth Commissioner, and Deputy Council Commissioner I have had the opportunity to significantly improve my public speaking skills as well as have an impact on youth led scouting in Chinook Council. I have also made memories that I will cherish forever, made lifelong friendships and had the opportunity to be mentored by some great Scouters through the scouting movement.

Jonathan Churchill

Kristin Isleifson

I have been with the 3rd Coaldale Scouts for four years. This year I am our Group Youth Commissioner, and this has given me many opportunities to get involved with the younger sections and to meet some very interesting people in our area. I have made some great friends at our linking camps/activities. I have helped organize 2 bake sales to support a fellow troop member who was diagnosed with cancer. We were able to raise money to help with his care when traveling for treatment. I enjoy being involved in the community and frequently volunteer for various fundraisers like hanging Christmas lights for the town, participating in selling popcorn at movie in the park, bottle drives, parades. One on my favorite activities is first aid and emergency preparedness. I currently hold a St. John’s Standard First Aid certificate and a Wilderness Standard First Aid certificate. When faced with an emergency I felt prepared and comfortable dealing with the event. Scouting has given me the opportunity to try new activities and learn to be a leader.

Kristin Isleifson

Heather McCracken

I have been a member of Scouting for the past eleven years, starting as a cub with 719 NE Properties Group. I am now a Rover and treasurer with 719 NE Properties Crew. I am also Council Youth Commissioner for Chinook Council. I have taken on many responsibilities and roles within Scouting, including Deputy Council Youth Commissioner, chair of the search committee for Council Commissioner, planning committee member for Southern Alberta Moot, pilot for Youth Leadership Training, and many more. I have been awarded my Chief Scout Award, Medal for Meritorious Conduct, and Bar to the Medal of Good Service. This past year, I was a representative of Scouts Canada at the Interamerican Leadership Training held in Ecuador.

As Council Youth Commissioner, I have faced many obstacles and challenges, but these have helped shape me into the person I am today. I believe strongly in Scouting not only because of the program, the community, and the international connections it provides, but also because of the youth leadership opportunities. In order to develop well-rounded youth, better prepared for success in our world, we must provide them with opportunities to learn and grow. I believe Scouting is more relevant today than ever, and that every youth who wants to learn new skills, go on adventures, and make new friends should have the opportunity to join Scouting.

One of my favorite memories of Scouting is, of course, the camps. One camp in particular stands out to me, and that is Wilderness Rendezvous. Over the course of a week-long camp in Saskatchewan, every year for five years, I learned skills such a lightweight backpacking, how to use a compass and read a map, how to cook trail food, and how to break your own trail. The camp program culminated with a five-day hike, including a 24 hour solo hike. Through that experience and many others like it, I have learned so much more than how to camp. I have learned perseverance, independence, responsibility, and dedication. This is the true value of Scouting – the development of youth into capable adults. With my experience and passion for Scouting, I think I am well-suited to be a voting member for the upcoming Scouts Canada AGM.

Heather McCracken

Megan Wong

I have been a member of the 288th Calgary Chinese Group for the past nine years, going through the Scouting program from Cubs to Venturers. This year, I worked on the capstone project of the Queen’s Venturer Award. I coordinated a mass clothing drive for the Calgary Chinese community to benefit the Alberta Cancer Foundation and the Cerebral Palsy Association of Alberta. In order to work out the logistics of the event, I partnered with the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre and 94.7 Fairchild Radio and we were able to collect 11,217 lbs of clothing.

In the last two years I have had the privilege of working as an Area Youth Commissioner of Heritage Trails in Chinook Council. In my term so far, I have worked towards increasing the strength of the Area Youth Network which has helped the youth-led movement become more prominent in our council. The Network has also helped connect youth from different groups and encourage them to develop as leaders amongst their peers. Throughout my Scouting journey, I have also been working on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and I am currently working on achieving the Gold Level. This has trained me to be even more perseverant and it taught me that in order to succeed, I must work hard and that applies in all that I do in Scouting.

Being in Scouting has given me many opportunities and experiences I could have never dreamt of. When I look back at the past nine years, I think about how I went from the shy eight-year-old that never spoke up to the person I am now. Scouting has developed my leadership, organizational, communication, outdoor, survival and physical skills. I have learnt everything from the importance of goal setting to the necessity of being prepared for unpredictable circumstances. Some may think that Scouting is just about camping or knots but it is much more than that. When I look at all the memories and friendships that I have made and the amazing mentors that I have had during my Scouting journey and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It would be an honour to cap off my last year as a Venturer and Area Youth Commissioner by serving as a Council Voting Member for the 2019-20 Scouting year.

Megan Wong