Category Archives: Presidential Race

Presidential Race Part 5 – Commitments

Reanimated B.P.

Umm, I think were just getting silly now...

5.There is a significant time commitment involved in the role of PCC Rover Crew president. Do you have the full support of your friends and family in taking on this position? What other positions are you holding both inside and outside of Scouting?

As of this writing, I do not have any other positions within scouting besides the Council Crew and my home Crew of 18th Seymour. Outside of Scouting I have work till the end of July, and studying at the University of British Columbia from September onward. While still not confirmed from UBC yet (should hear during the first two weeks of July), I would be taking a lighter load of only four courses per term. During my time off from my studies, I have saved enough money to not need to work during the school year, and have freed myself from that distraction. I will not be working at all while studying.

I have the full support from my family and friends, both outside and inside the organization. My friends have been very encouraging with my decision to run for the President of the Crew. They have heard me talk about the crew, and have in no uncertain terms reminded me that I have the passion, expertise and vision needed to lead the Crew to new heights. I aim to prove them right.

Presidential Race Part 4 – Challenges and Opportunities

Inanimate Carbon Rod

In Rod we Trust

4. What challenges and opportunities do you foresee for the PCC Rover Crew in the next 3 years?

Challenges

  • The blessing and the curse of the Rover program is that at some point, a Rover must age out. What this means for the crew is that the best and most experienced Rovers are cut from the pool of talent every year. The Crew must develop internally in order to just sustain its ability to continue. The members have to make sure they bridge the generational gap as the older Rovers leave, and the younger Rovers step up to replace them.

    This may seem like a curse, but its truly a blessing. This forces the crew to never become complacent, and allows for greater growth of it’s members in the long run. The blessing can only come about if the Crew foresees the opportunity and allows the younger Rovers to grow. We are starting to reach this tipping point, as we see that a large portion of the movers and shakers are scheduled to leave in one to two years time.

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Presidential Race Part 3 – Direction

"Where have you been Billy?" "You don't have to worry any more, I'm home now."

3. What direction would you like to take the PCC Rover Crew during your term?

I have been a full supporter in the direction the crew has taken over the past three years, having been a part of the crew since day one and having been influential in that direction in my own way. In so, the direction the crew would take under my presidency would not be a major departure, but more of a readjustment of priorities.

The two key changes can be summed up as creating more community capital for Scouts Canada and the Council Rover Crew, and Talking-the-Talk.
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Presidential Race Part 2 – Mission Statement and Values

A vote for P.R.I.E.S.T.S.

Doesn't quite have the same ring as PERSIST does...


2. The PCC Rover Crew has a mission statement and a set of values, what does the mission statement and the values mean to you?

To review, the mission statement and set of values were developed solely by the crew members and are:

Mission statement: We are a team dedicated to the success of Scouts Canada by realizing individual potential through leadership and management development.

Values: Passion, Excellence, Respect, Scouting Principles, Integrity, Supportive & Trust, which spell out PERSIST (or STRIPES if that’s your thing)

The mission statement is what we want to accomplish. It differentiates us from all other groups, otherwise, what’s the point of having a mission statement. It singularly defines who we, as a crew, are. Nothing great can be attained without leadership. The number of people needed to achieve an accomplishment is linearly proportional to it’s greatness, while the complexity rises exponentially. Leadership and management skills allow us to overcome these obstacles. These two abilities have to be present and in abundance for any organization that plans to excel. The Crew sees Leadership and Management skills as our primary focus, and I stand behind that with all my belief. As we move forward, personal, local, national, and human problems will become more complex. If Scouts Canada’s mission is to develop fully engaged and capable citizens in a modern world, our mission is critical to that of Scout’s Canada.

Our values tells us how we will get to what we want to accomplish. Excellence, or quality is indicative of the group pushing each other to never be satisfied with the status quo. Passion comes from finding new and innovative activities that our members hold value for; for then they have no reason to leave.  Respect is needed when dealing with any size of group. Respect (emotional quotient) is the social lube that keeps a community running efficiently. Scouting principles are enshrined in the promise and law. To me, the key is ones Honour. This ties nicely to the next one of integrity. Another’s word is all I need from my crew to move forward, no further effort wasted on thinking. The old three musketeers cheer of, “One for all, and all for one!” stands strong here. In all manners of life, if a Rover is suffering, we all are. We can only operate at peak efficiency when everyone is at peak efficiency. A group has to be able to trust, and trust that the best will come from, a fellow Rover in order to work in a group. Lack of trust is the quickest way to lead to a dysfunctional, inefficient group.

As part of the group that formed both of these, I truly stand by them. The mission statement encompasses perfectly what we are trying to achieve; personal individual growth that when summed together benefits Scouts Canada. All aspects of the individuals and their lives are on the table for growth, but our focus is leadership and management abilities. Many skills will be learned over the course of ones life, but unless concentration on any one skill with mentally fixation is done, only a passing level of ability can be gained. There are many outlets to grow other life skills, but far too few for proper disciplined learning of leadership and management. Full learning comes with mentorship and practice from experiencies, to correct your mistakes and refine your abilities, methods and thinking.

If we want to change ourselves, Scouts Canada and the world we live in, we have the road map to live by.



Your turn. (Can you see a pattern yet?) What values from Scouting or your life do you hold dearest? What do you use to judge the people around you?

Presidential Race – Background for Success

The Right Answer

If only that was an option

July 11

Forget any November madness, July is the important month for shaping the future.

At the upcoming regularly scheduled July Council Crew meeting is the vote for the next President of the Crew.
Kevin Li has been President for the last three years, ever since it was formed, and is unfortunately aging out this September, leaving behind the first real contest in our crew’s history. Basically, those are some large shoes to be fill.

Three of us have put forth nominations to run for the position, myself included. Neither of my two worthy competitors were unexpected. In fact, I would have been shocked if either of them hadn’t run. If either of the others win, the Crew is in good hands. (Just not as good as mine, but I may be slightly biased.) I had a mental list of others who might have run, and would be suitable candidates, but it’s down to the top three this time.

As part of the process, we have been asked to answer five questions to prepare the Crew to judge our worthiness. Well, if I’m going to have to write something about Scouting, you can rest assured I will be wise in the use of my resources and post it here. So below is the first part of my response.
1. How will your background contribute to your success as our PCC Rover Crew President?