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Council Team

The Manitoba Council provides support and guidance to groups and coordinates Scouter Development opportunities. The Council also coordinates larger events such as multi-group events such as Beaverees, Cuborees or Jamborees.

Learn about the Manitoba Council team, who we are and how it is managed.


Manitoba Council Service Team

Council Key 3

The Manitoba Council is managed by two volunteers (the Council Commissioner and the Council Youth Commissioner) and one employee (the Scouting Relationship Manager), the Council Key 3 (CK3). 

The Council Commissioner is responsible for all aspects of program implementation, delivery, service and support, as well as the implementation of Scouts Canada's policies. The Council Youth Commissioner is responsible for providing direction, counsel and support to the youth within the council. The Scouting Relationship Manager is responsible for fostering membership growth and providing support to volunteers to enhance program quality and safety throughout the council. All three work as a team to manage the council and provide support to our volunteers province-wide to deliver fun, safe Scouting adventures!

Ted Swift

Ted Swift

Council Commissioner

Council Youth Commissioner We are currently recruiting a Council Youth Commissioner.

Would you like to make a difference in the growth and development of youth in Manitoba Council and across Canada? Are you energetic, organized… a natural leader who can work at the top level to support and lead hundreds of volunteers? Do you enjoy being part of a dynamic team? 

If you are interested, you are invited to submit your application for the volunteer position of: Council Youth Commissioner — Manitoba Council.

The Council Youth Commissioner is a leading volunteer for Scouting in Manitoba Council with a membership of 900 Youth supported by more than 350 volunteers. Working closely with a team of volunteers, and the Council Leadership Team, the Council Youth Commissioner is responsible for supporting and growing the Scouting movement in Manitoba Council, as well as being a vital member of the National Service Team and setting the direction for Scouting in Canada.  

Appointed by and accountable to the National Commissioner of Scouts Canada, this position requires a time commitment of 40 - 50 hours (about 2 days) per month. The appointment is for a one-year term, renewable for a maximum of three years. Travel throughout the Council to attend meetings and events will be required. 

The Council is managed by a “Key 3” which is a partnership of the Council Youth Commissioner, Council Commissioner Ted Swift, and Don MacDonald, Council Relationship Manager (an employee of Scouts Canada). Together you will lead, plan, and manage the affairs of the Council. You will be the principal contact for the Council regarding program management, membership growth and retention and providing a safe environment for youth to learn and develop. You ensure that activities of the Council are consistent with Scouts Canada’s strategic plan while providing the necessary service and support so that the Scout Groups can supervise the delivery of the Scouting program. As a member of the National Service Team, you represent the Council’s interests and ensure an effective flow of accurate and timely information regarding all Scouting matters, including procedure and policy changes. 

Your upbeat, positive attitude will encourage a climate favorable for growth of Canada’s best youth movement. With a keen eye for great leaders, you will participate with the Council Nominating Committee in the Public Appointment Process to selectively recruit, appoint, and orient Group Commissioners and other volunteers for the Council Leadership/Management Team. The job has a variety of tasks and is dynamic and changing. The ability to understand, quickly react and motivate others to adapt to the changing organizational environment is a critical key to success.

Manitoba Council is seeking an individual with lots of energy, excellent time management skills and strong relationship skills to assume the role.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated leadership, management, problem solving, delegation and decision-making skills;
  • Proven ability to inspire confidence, team effort and leadership in others
  • Effective interpersonal and excellent communication skills;
  • A strong Scouting background or equivalent volunteer experience;
  • Registered or ability to become an active member of Scouts Canada.

If you believe you have the skills, qualifications, and knowledge necessary to do the job, please forward your resume (including work experience and any Scouting experience) with a covering letter to: by February 17th.

This position is being advertised internally within Scouting and externally.


Don MacDonald

Don MacDonald

Council Relationship Manager

Council Directory

Role Name Email Address
Group Support Scouter Peter Elwick
Group Support Scouter Shawn Fortin
Group Support Scouter Debbie Swift
Program Support Scouter Michelle Crick
Program  Support Scouter Rosa Buschau


Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of youth? Interested in a fun, adventurous, flexible and fast-paced opportunity in the non-profit sector? If so, apply at Scouts Canada today.

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To report or discuss urgent safety or youth protection concerns, please contact 1-800-339-6643 (24 hours).

General inquiries should be directed to 1-800-557-7268 or

For registration support, including contracts/agreements and certificates of insurance; tour permits; PRC/VSS, training and/or awards, please contact our council staff. 

Council Office

Prairie Scouting Service Centre
Scouts Canada
PO Box 67067, Northland Village
T2L 2L2
Calgary, AB

Contact Information 


Prairie Scouting Service office: 1-800-726-8876


Office Hours

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