My name is Andrew Dallas and I have been a member of Scouts Canada since 2001. Throughout my time as a member I have served as Scouter and contact Scouter in all of the 5 sections as well as Group Committee and Group Commissioner.
Over and above these roles I have been part of our Area service team for company and crew, FVC honours and awards (Nicomekl Area), FVC trainer, 21st BP Guild (currently Guild Master), resource person with Girl Guides of Canada – Fraser Skies Area, and cook for the BC Moots. I have attended 2 CJ’s, 3 PJ’s, 1 WJ, 7 BC Moots and worked on WJ19 resource team.
Providing service to others and being a strong voice for youth has always been and continues to be a high priority in my roles. I am honoured to be involved with the older youth, who I feel are some of the best educated and who can envision the current state and future of Scouts Canada. I see them being the best part of the future of this organization and feel we must listen to them and involve them at every step.
Over the last year I have become better versed as to what happens with BCY Properties. This has allowed me to be a better advisor and gives the opportunity for discussions with the older sections as to why certain decisions are and need to be made with Scout properties. BCY Properties are a hard working team (behind the scenes and often not given the credit due) in which needs the voice and support of the older youth to continue its important work.
Whether I am selected to return as a voting member for FVC or not, I will continue to ask the “hard questions” and bring up the tough topics when attending meetings, in person or in virtual meetings. I will continue to push for answers and especially where youth involvement and youth voices need to be heard and supported.