Democracy Investigation – by Steve Kent, Chief Commissioner

July 27, 2009 at 9:15 am 1 comment

To further encourage and increase democratic participation, and to address WOSM’s call for greater democratic involvement, the Chief Commissioner’s Task Force on Growth is recommending the:

a)         Investigation of introducing online election systems

b)         Investigation of a model for electing delegates where every member 16 and older is entitled to vote for delegates

c)         Investigation of other opportunities for greater member participation and increased communication and dialogue

I will be leading these investigations, and I am asking for your input.  >From my perspective, Policy 1014 has not fully addressed the democratic deficit concerns in our organization.  I want to identify specific ways that we can be a more democratic organization and improve member participation in decision making processes.  For me, it’s all about openness and transparency.  Perhaps there is no ideal solution, but I am committed to improving how we do business.

I will be presenting a preliminary report to the Board of Governors at our September meeting, and I will also be asking for assistance from the Board’s Policy and Governance Committee in carrying out these investigations.

Please send me your specific recommendations and ideas on how we can improve our voting and election practices, as well as your thoughts on opportunities for greater member participation and increased communication and dialogue. 

Also, please feel free to widely circulate this request.  I would appreciate receiving input by the end of August. I realize that we’re in the middle of summer, but I do want to get the ball rolling.  This process will continue early in the fall, but as I said, I plan to update the Board on progress when we meet in September.

On a related note, the Task Force on Growth is also committed to established a more open appointments process.  Our CEO, Rob Stewart, will be communicating with Council Commissioners on this issue in the near future.

Thanks a lot.  Please keep in touch.  All the best!

Stephen P. Kent, Chief Commissioner and Chair of the Board of Governors, SCOUTS CANADA     

30.5 Sunrise Avenue, Mount Pearl, NL   A1N 1C1  cell  709.740.0948     e-mail






Entry filed under: Council News, Important, Messages, Warnings, Scouting in the News and on the Web, Sections - 6 Adult.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Steve Kent  |  July 28, 2009 at 6:53 am

    Thanks for posting!

    And keep up the great work!



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