(CMR) Executive Commissioner of CI Scout Association (CISA), Mr. Winston Hayle, has retired from Youth Services Unit (YSU) following 30 years in the Civil Service. However, he will continue in his current role in service to the CISA.
Reflecting on his retirement, the Head of the Youth Services Unit, Mrs. Mellony Bryan-Waugh, said:
“Mr. Hayle's retirement is bitter-sweet. Although we will miss his presence in the unit, we know that he will continue to enrich the lives of Scouts locally.”
Mrs. Bryan-Waugh said that her former colleague's most recent legacy was successfully securing the Association's first purpose-built headquarters. This long-held goal was finally realized with the support of the Movement's benefactors, including Mr. Charles Jennings, the late Mr. Burns Conolly, the Cayman Islands Government, the Dart Organisation, and the Aall Foundation. Used by several Scout and Girl Guide units, the multi-purpose facility is also a meeting of other community groups.
As well as managing the operation of the organization, the Scout Commissioner's responsibilities will continue to include training of leaders, supervising of Troops and Packs, and leading in some units.
Mr. Hayle's teaching background helps him create, develop, and implement programs that reflect the Movement's overall mission. His work contributes to the education of young people through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society.
In addition to his role as Executive Commissioner, the Past President of the Lions Club of Grand Cayman also supported the community in other ways. Having served on the National Council of Voluntary Organisations, the CI Marine Institute, and the CAYS Foundation, he was a founding member of the National Youth Commission, and part of the Task Force that wrote the CI National Youth Policy.
The Scout Association's Chief Commissioner, Mr. Orrett Connor, said: Winston has had and continues to enjoy a stellar career in the role of Executive Commissioner. During his tenure, we have seen Scouting grow from strength to strength. He is an extremely important person within our organization, and his reach in various districts, schools, and churches is unparalleled.
Mr. Hayle said: “Although I leave the Youth Services Unit with some sadness, I am nevertheless delighted to be continuing as Executive Commissioner. I still have a lot to contribute to Scouts shaping youth into model citizens. The world continues to benefit from the work of the Movement in producing active and contributing members of society.”
Past Scouting career highlights during his CIG career include leading the national scout movement in hosting the 46th Conference of Baden – Powell Fellowship, attended by Honorary President King Carl Gustav XVI of Sweden. The Executive Commissioner is also proud to have helped oversee the local Movement's transition from District- to a National Scout Association in 1993. This change led to it becoming a branch of the UK Scout Association, giving it increased autonomy in operating globally.
Scout honors awarded to Mr. Hayle are the Movement's Medal of Merit, the Silver Pineapple, and the Silver Crocodile (the highest award and equivalent to the UK's Silver Wolf accolade).