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THE FAILED TRANSFORMATION OF GUIDING IN ONTARIO

by on May 17, 2010

BACKGROUNDER
For Immediate Release

Monday, May 17, 2010

THE FAILED TRANSFORMATION

OF GUIDING IN ONTARIO

  • In 2007, National Council approved a request from Ontario Council to review the present structure of Guiding in Ontario to develop a better “fit” for today’s needs
  • This process of restructuring was called “Transformation”
  • The restructuring resulted in the elimination of Area, Division and District Councils throughout the entire province
  • On “high priced consultants” paper this should have allowed for efficiencies and cost savings
  • Instead it has resulted in many more new paid staff (compared to before 2007) working for Ontario Council
  • A substantial increase in paid staff during a time when fiscal restraint is critical is hard to understand or justify – especially since these staff are funded by cookie sales and registrations
  • It is believed that an amount equal to all registrations in Ontario and half of the profits from the cookie sales now goes to pay salaries at Ontario Council
  • The restructuring also resulted in no geographical representation of grassroots guiding volunteers or girls
  • Even worse, it has enabled the Provincial Council to work in isolation without transparency, accountability and open communication with front-line volunteers
  • The best example of this lack of transparency and communication is how Provincial Council (with National Council’s blessing) has handled the closing and potential sale of 16 of 33 camps throughout the province
  • The closing and potential sale of camps in Ontario was done without consultation, data-based decision-making, transparency and open communications with the grass roots Guiding volunteers and those who manage the camps at the local level
  • Without Area, Division and District Councils in place, the lines of communication have been severed
  • Accountability to front-line volunteers (the heart and soul of this historically volunteer-driven organization) has been diminished

The On My Honour grassroots campaign group encourages all those interested in learning more about the failed Transformation of Guiding in Ontario to visit their website at www.onmyhonour.ca

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