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Our Condolences: Passing of John Pettifer, Former CEO of Scouts Canada

January 04, 2024

Former CEO of Scouts Canada, John PettiferIt is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of former CEO, John Pettifer who passed away on December 8th. John played a pivotal role during his 32 years as a member of Scouts Canada Staff in shaping the direction of Scouts Canada. John left an indelible mark on our organization. His leadership and dedication have had a lasting impact on our scouting community. John received the “Silver Maple Leaf” to mark his dedicated service to Scouting.

Former CEO of Scouts Canada, John Pettifer receiving the Silver Maple LeafJohn served on staff starting in 1967 and as CEO with distinction between 1992 – 1999, contributing significantly to the growth and development of Scouts Canada. His visionary approach spearheaded the implementation of co-ed Scouting, a move that reflected his commitment to inclusivity and diversity. This ground-breaking decision has become the cornerstone of our organization, enriching the Scouting experience for countless members over the years.

In 1997, under John’s leadership, Scouts Canada hosted the memorable Canadian Jamboree, CJ’97 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. This event brought together Scouts from across the country, fostering a spirit of camaraderie and adventure. The Jamboree stood as a testament to John’s passion for creating meaningful experiences and strengthening the bonds of our scouting community.

Furthermore, John spearheaded the introduction of the first computerized registration system for members in 1994. This technological innovation streamlined our administrative processes, making it easier for individuals to join and participate in scouting activities. His forward-thinking approach embraced the benefits of technology to enhance the efficiency and accessibility of our organization.

John’s legacy as a trailblazer and visionary leader will be remembered fondly by all who had the privilege of working with him. As we mourn his passing, let us also celebrate the positive impact he had on Scouts Canada and the Scouting movement as a whole.

We extend our deepest condolences to John’s family during this challenging time. A Celebration of Life service will take place on Saturday, January 13 at 2 p.m. at the Salvation Army Church, 2469 South Main St., Penticton, B.C. V2A 5J1 . In lieu of flowers, please to consider a donation in John’s name to The Salvation Army ``Partners in Mission Appeal`` at the above address.

Please join us in keeping John’s family in your thoughts as we remember a remarkable leader who dedicated himself to the values of Scouting.