APR Leaders Elect New Regional Scout Committee Members
The long wait is over for the elections to fill the five vacant posts in the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Committee.
Five of seven candidates were elected by their peers to join and serve as members of the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Committee (APRSC). The election teller proclaimed the winning candidates who would be joining the APRSC to serve from 2018 to 2024:
Dr. Somboon Bunyasiri (National Scout Organisation of Thailand); Dale B. Corvera (Boy Scouts of the Philippines) Elston Colin Hynd (Scout Association of Australia); Mohammad Rafiqul Islam Khan (Bangladesh Scouts ); Hiroshi Shimada (Scout Association of Japan). The five of them will join Dr Le-Bin Lian (Taiwan), Bhaidas Ishwar Nagarale (India), Ahmad Rusdi (Indonesia), Ahmed Ali Maniku (Maldives), and Chay Hong Leng (Singapore) at the APR Scout Committee. They replace Paul Parkinson (Australia), Atty. Wendel Avisado (Philippines), Reiko Suzuki (Japan), Dr Pattaroj Kamonrojsiri (Thailand), and Rajalingam Ramasamy (Malaysia), who have completed their respective terms of service.
Dr. Somboon said delegates had to make difficult choices at the ballot box.
“All candidates were equally deserving and very experienced. I am happy to be elected to serve the APRSC, and, in a sense, give voice to represent 27 NSOs in our Region.”
Corvera thanked delegates for their trust, pledged to unify the Region, and wants to continue what is expected of the APR Scout Committee.
“I will focus on improving relationships between NSOs and serve the needs of our Region,” he said.
Hynd shared similar sentiments, adding he will support every activity and decision that can result in growing diversity and inclusiveness in Scouting.
“I plan to further work in diversity and inclusion and that we make this Region one on the strongest Regions in the world. I want to have a big impact for the benefit of Scouting and to work in unity and harmony,” he said.
Meanwhile, Commissioner Muhammad Rafiqul Islam Khan hoped he could contribute to promote and improve good governance practice among NSOs in the Region.
“We need to be more united and be more sensitive towards social impacts which help grow our Scouting Movement.”
He plans “To work with APR Committee for the expansion and the growth, effectiveness of this APR. We would like to extend growth, the numbers in population, and good governance.”
In a similar vein, Chairman Shimada said,
“I will support the NSO Region to achieve the goals of NSO strategies.”
With reports from Berthold Sinaulan And Chooi Yew Tzen, Efren V. Guinoban, John Chester C. Macatangay