Derek Lawday has been involved in Scouting for over 21 years. He started in Scouting as a Cub Scout in Wales in the 1960’s. He was both a Venturer and Colony Junior Leader with the 1st Belleville group out of St Thomas’ Anglican Church in the Belleville area when Beavers first started in the late 1970’s.
He rejoined the movement with his youngest son 10 years ago. Since then he has been a Colony, Pack, Troop and Company Scouter and most recently is the Group Support Scouter for the North Bay and surrounding groups. He has been part of many area planning teams for events such as Cuborees, Rendezvous, Motor Madness and various fundraising activities. He has also been called upon to lead food safety training sessions with the Scouting youth in North Bay.
Derek attended CCJ’16 with his West Ferris Pack. He then volunteered at CJ’17 and was part of the Food Service Team, responsible for safe food handling. He was also a Patrol Scouter with the Canadian Contingent at WSJ’19.
Derek has always had an interest in training, he holds beads in both Pack & Troop. He has Wilderness First Aid Training, has attended Winter Camping training and had led a Scout Craft training here in the North.
At the request of the White Pine Council Training Team, Derek developed, designed and delivered a curriculum for a QuarterMaster Course which is delivered in conjunction with Wine Pine Council WB2 training. This course enables participants to obtain a Basic Food & Safety Handlers certificate, something that Derek is eligible and qualified to lead.
In his non-Scouting life Derek is a graduate of George Brown College and has over 25 years’ experience in industry kitchens preparing meals for anywhere from 5 to 7000 guests. For the past 15 years he has been sharing his knowledge with aspiring cooks as a Chef Professor in the Culinary Arts program at Canadore College in North Bay.
He became re-involved in Scouting when is youngest son turned five and there were no Beaver Scouters to take over the section. He and his wife decided to take on the challenge with their son and have never looked back.
A dedicated Scouter Derek believes that Scouting movement gives the youth of today the opportunity to learn much needed ‘life’ skills, such as leadership, collaboration, and resilience.