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  • 17th Oct 2013

In accepting Cynthia Marquez's challenge on posting a photo of someone who inspires you, I've decided to post about the most inspirational people I've met in Scouting and how they have touched my life.

The most interesting thing is that the most inspirational Scouts to me are all women. Yes, in a very male dominated movement, my biggest inspirations are women. These women have been an inspiration because of what they do in their lives and how they have in their own ways contributed to the Scout movement in the communities and countries.

From left, Ioanna, a great friend whom I met in the World Scout Moot in Kenya inspires me because she is able to bring up her kids in Greece herself during a period of economic uncertainty for her country and yet is so passionate about contributing to Scouting in her community.

Jemima, from Ghana, inspires me with her passion in Scouting and educating the youth of her country, Jemima, not only has to take care of her family herself and build her school but at one point of time, had to lead Scouting in the entire African Region.

Christi, from USA, though I don't know her as well as I do the other three women, is a great inspiration to me because of her strength and courage in her fight with cancer. Having met her in the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden, I admired Christi for her sunny disposition and positive attitude during her toughest times. I love reading all her Facebook posts and getting encouraged by the warmth she not only brings her family but her Scouting community.

Finally, Sophie Castillo from the Philippines needs no introduction to the Scouting world. A Messenger of Peace Hero, Sophie has sacrificed a lot of time and effort in running the Ticket to Life Programme in Manila where she takes care of close to 40 street children. Her passion and endurance in guiding these children has taught me to learn to give more than I receive from this movement we so love.

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