TRURO – When Jon Davison reviews his life, it’s no surprise the Scouting movement has had a huge impact on him as a child and adult.
“I was a Cub and Scout as a child,” said Davison, a Lower Truro resident, who has spent the last 39 years also as a service Scouter. Since 1991, he’s been with the Third Truro Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers, which oversees more than 60 youth between the ages of five and 17 and has 20 leaders. He’s been chairman of the group committee, and has been the group commissioner for the past 10 years. His responsibilities have included organizing fundraisers, getting volunteers, planning and managing activities, mentoring leaders, and co-ordinating with other provincial and national levels, to name a few.
However, it is time to retire from the group, Davison said, and that presents mixed emotions.
“It’s a sad time but it’s also a good time to move on … for personal reasons,” Davison told the Truro Daily News during a brief break from the organization’s annual Scouting banquet in Truro on Wednesday night, in which about 140 people attended. Part of the evening was dedicated to Davison and acknowledging his retirement by planting a tree on St. Andrew’s Church lawn in his honour.
Davison, who believes his ability to “get things done, not being afraid to put myself out there and thinking ahead” made him a good leader, won’t leave the Scouting movement behind totally. He will continue to help the group through fundraising.
“I really appreciate all the work the leaders have done … and I’ve really enjoyed seeing the kids’ personal growth over the years.”
Alexander Papadopoulos, 16, of Truro, has known Davison since joining Scouts more than 10 years ago.
“He’s been a role model for me. It’s sad (for us) but he’s been in it a long time and I respect what he’s done,” said the teenager.
Papadopoulos said he’s learned lifelong skills thanks to Davison’s leadership, including knowing how to give a good speech and being organized.
Matt Fraser, a cub leader of five years, said the organization won’t be the same without Davison.
“His are huge shoes to fill,” Fraser said, adding members will divvy up the workload that Davison traditionally would have completed all on his own.
“He went far above and beyond … it was a huge commitment and he’s loved it and put his blood, sweat and tears into it,” said Fraser.
“He’s a tremendous friend, a real mentor, a very positive person, he gets everything done, and he’s able to bring people together, which is not easy. We will miss him.”