November 25, 2023
Members of CTSA
Thank you all,
I can’t thank you enough for trusting me to be your next National Commissioner.
I am writing today from lands that the Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg inhabited for thousands of years prior to European colonization. These lands are the traditional and treaty territories of the Nations covered under the Williams Treaties, including the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, Alderville First Nation, Hiawatha First Nation, Curve Lake First Nation, and the Chippewa Nations of Georgina Island, Beausoleil and Rama.
We honour, recognize, and respect Indigenous Peoples as rights holders and stewards of the lands and waters on which we have the privilege to live.
Change is never easy. The goal of our first 30 days is to make sure you know who your Deputy Commissioners are, and who I am as your National Commissioner. I will be hosting virtual meetings shortly. We will listen to your challenges and bring your concerns back to the Executive Council.
In our next 60 days we will provide support through development of materials and skills to help in your success. We will be building a network of support and removing barriers that you have helped to identify. I will also be planning in-person visits early next year to as many groups as possible to get on-the ground feedback from you.
In our first 6 months as your trusted leadership, we will develop the association program team to provide the best services both on paper and through in-person and virtual support for all sections, all ages and for all members of CTSA. By the beginning of our 2024/25 Scouting year, I hope that we have a clear message of our shared purpose, and that we all can be proud of the Association we belong to in every community.
Yours in Traditional Scouting