New Chief Commissioner of Scouting

Published on Thursday, 18 June 2020 at 9:00:00 AM

WA's new Chief Commissioner of Scouting is Eden Hill resident and Town of Bassendean employee Ayden Mackenzie.

He will be appointed to the voluntary role of Scouts WA’s Chief Commissioner on 1 July 2020, overseeing the volunteer operations of the Association.

Ayden is the Town of Bassendean’s Youth Development Officer, based at the youth centre next to Steel Blue Oval where he works to help disadvantaged young people. He was recently seconded to help set up the Town’s Community Support Hotline and promote local food outlets during the height of Coronavirus restrictions.

Ayden said his new role complemented his work with the Town of Bassendean because it helped young people develop their potential.

"Scouts gives young people opportunities to learn a range of valuable life skills at their own pace, along with developing their resilience to a significantly higher level than the general youth population", he said.

Ayden became involved in scouting in 1998 as a 14-year-old, having being encouraged to join by a relative. Since then he has travelled throughout Australia and overseas including attending World Scouting Conferences in places such as Slovenia and Azerbaijan.  Ayden has most recently been involved in rolling out Scouts Australia’s new Youth Program across WA, a Youth-led Program which gives Scouts greater choice in the activities they undertake. 

He brings with him a wealth of experience in Scouting administration, having been a youth member, Section Leader, Branch Commissioner and most recently the Deputy Chief Commissioner Youth Program for the past six years. Ayden has been on the Scouts WA Board for the past 9 years.

In addition to his contribution to Scouting, Ayden has been a Board member for a number of not-for-profit organisations including the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia.

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