Kaelem Moniz (Youth)
I can’t remember my first Scouting-related adventure. I’ve been in Scouts long enough that it has simply become enveloped in my childhood. While I can’t remember my first, 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 the Greater Toronto Council Youth Commissioner (CYC), as well as a Youth Spokesperson for Scouts Canada. I volunteer in order to benefit the Scouting experience for youth across the GTA. I am running for the position of 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 am able to work closely with groups and Scouting youth in order to determine how to better their experience. Very recently, this 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. As well, it is through my past experience and knowledge that I am able to better understand current Scouting policy, allowing me to be better informed as a Council representative. I have attended two AGMs and one National ServiceTeam meeting, 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. One of my responsibilities as CYC is to help organize the annual Youth Recognition Ceremony. This task has always been a pleasure for me, as it has allowed me to celebrate the many community services of our Scouting youth. In my mind, the ceremony is a testament to the value of Scouting in our communities. Consequently, my understanding of youth-led initiatives would enable me to be a successful voting member. 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 for me 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 that given my past experience, background knowledge and passion for Scouting, that I would be an effective representative at the national level.