A meeting with Janet Yale, Scouts Canada’s new CEO

During her tour of Canada’s Councils, Janet Yale took an hour out of her time to have a visit with our Rover Scout Group. The ten lucky members of our Rover Scout Group who were in attendance got to hear about her communications, advocacy, regulation, and most recently corporate background, and her ideas for moving Scouts Canada forward in the short and long term.

Janet was very articulate about bringing together a complete unified plan and priorities for the organization. We have parts of a plan but they are too scattered and not unified. With the national and councils leadership teams, there will be a plan produced for the entirety of the country to see.

A significant portion of the discussion was how would we reach our 15% per year growth target. Janet, playing devil’s advocate, posed the question, “Is it even doable?”. Her thoughts are we have to start to redefine what a Scout is, away from the current Core programs. If someone is benefiting from being active in a program under the Scouting banner, and can attest to live by the law and promise, they should count. Her focus moving forward might be to build new partnerships, and let these other entities do the heavy lifting for us.

The hour Janet spent with us was a delight, and her experience and passion shone through. To create a better person suited for the job of CEO of Canada would require advanced science, advance magic, and more than a few years of executive level training.

Thank you Janet for visiting us, and best of wishes on your new Scouting career.

Nick Pearson

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