Honouring the legacy and contributions of Jocelyne Gendrin-Guinebault
It is with great sadness today that we share news of the passing of Jocelyne Gendrin-Guinebault, the first woman elected to the World Scout Committee who went on to serve as its Vice-Chairperson. She was known and loved dearly by many, particularly for her commitment to women and girls in Scouting.
Jocelyne held many roles at varying levels within the organization. With Scouts et Guides de France, Jocelyne served in many capacities over the years (Training Commissioner, Scouting for All Commissioner, International Commissioner and Deputy General Commissioner), and was subsequently elected to the World Scout Committee in 1996. Prior to that, she was a member of the World Training Committee (1989 – 1993), and Chair of the World Adult Resources Committee (1993 – 1996).
Jocelyne served previously as the Regional Director for Europe, the first female to hold this professional role. Involved in various aspects of Scouting, Jocelyne led actions at various levels, always conscious of how strong and decisive leadership influenced the growth, development and impact of Scouting. Some of her notable achievements include supporting the development of Scouting in the Commonwealth of Independent States, extending the reach of Scouting in France to new communities, and strengthening relations between Europe and the Arab Region.
A sociologist by profession and conviction, Jocelyne contributed enormously to understanding gender issues inside and outside Scouting, which was the primary focus of her work in recent years.
Her passion, commitment and engagement were always present, and few will forget her fantastic laugh and warmth. Scouting has lost a true pioneer, who was consistent in her commitment to the cause, ensuring the representation of girls, women, and the marginalised were not forgotten. Jocelyne will be remembered across the world for her valuable contributions to creating a better world.