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New Council Relationship Manager in White Pine Council

Please help me welcome Gwen Thornton as the new Council Relationship Manager in White Pine Council.  Gwen’s first day will be Monday, February 10th, 2020.


Gwen discovered Scouting in her early years when her father and brother were involved in Scouts.  They always had fond memories of camping trips together and spoke of them often.  As an active child growing up in rural Ontario, being outside, camping trips and going on adventures were second nature.   She discovered that she could run through the forests and after that most of her time was spent at the track or on the hills, running competitively across Ontario.  It wasn’t until her son turned five that Scouting entered her life again.   She’s been a volunteer in Scouting for 10 years including roles as a Pack Scouter, Group Commissioner, Recognition/Membership Support, Area Commissioner and most recently, Company Scouter and Group Support Scouter.


Prior to joining Scouts Canada, she worked in the software industry for 18 years implementing onboarding solutions for healthcare and post-secondary institutions.  She has extensive experience in project and customer relationship management and holds a Professional Project Management (PMP) designation. She credits Scouting for improving her self-confidence and public speaking abilities and is looking forward to combining her professional skills with her passion for Scouting in her new role.


Gwen lives in Oshawa with her husband, Andrew, and combined they have four children (Mackenzie, Carson, Ethan and Kara) and one rescue cat, Jiji, who is the queen of the household.  In her free time, you will find her trying to keep up to her husband while cycling, hiking, exploring small towns, trying new foods, negotiating time with her busy teenage children and sharing her extensive boardgame collection with friends and family.


Please join me in welcoming Gwen to our team.  Se can be reached at





Christopher Blais

Regional Director, Eastern Canada

Scouts Canada

M: 613-808-2078

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