CHIEF Commissioner of the Scout Association of Guyana, Mrs. Zaida Joaquin, was, on September 20, elected a member of the Inter-American Scout Committee, the World Scout Bureau Inter-American Region.
The Inter-American Scout Region is composed of all the National Scout Associations that are recognised by the World Organisation of the Scout Movement, located in North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean.
The Inter-American Scout Committee (ISC) is the body that manages and administers the Inter-American Scout Organization on the basis of objectives, policies, and action lines established by the conference.
Its purpose is to:
*Approve the Regional Plan.
*Act as an advisory body of the World Scout Committee in matters relating to the Inter-American Region.
*Encourage, promote and support the global, regional and sub-regional events carried out in the Region.
*Act on behalf of the Inter-American Scout Conference among its sessions.
The Committee is composed of ten elected members in such a way that no more than one member of the same national scout organization is allowed to sit on the committee. These members exercise their function voluntarily for six years, renewing five of their members at the conference when it meets every three years.
Mrs. Joaquin was Guyana’s first female Chief Commissioner, and is now the first member of the Scout Association of Guyana to be elected to the World Scout Bureau.
She joined Scouting in 1994 as an Assistant Cub Scout Leader, and has served as the Group Scout Leader for St. Margaret’s Scout Group. She also served the Scout Association of Guyana as National Treasurer, District Commissioner, International Commissioner, and National Training Commissioner.
She currently holds the position of Chief Commissioner, and is also president of the Caribbean Steering Committee.
She has participated in various Inter-American and World Scout Conferences, and in the World Scout Jamboree 2007. She has participated in eight Caribbean Scout Conferences, Caribbean Cuborees and Jamborees, and has represented Guyana and the Region honourably.