Scouts Canada CEO and executive commissioner Janet Yale resigned this past weekend, citing "philosophical differences" and denying her exit has anything to do with media reports regarding the organization's methods of dealing with alleged victims of sexual abuse.
CBC News last month reported that Scouts Canada had signed confidentiality agreements with several people who had sued it over sex-abuse claims. The broadcaster also reported that Scouts maintained a list of pedophiles at the organization, which Ms. Yale denied.
"I appreciate that recent weeks have been a difficult period for all of us in light of the media allegations concerning Scouts Canada and I want to say that I have greatly appreciated the support and approval of the Board of Directors in dealing with these matters," Ms. Yale wrote in her resignation, the text of which was released by Scouts to The Globe and Mail. "I would like to be very clear that the recent media controversy has nothing to do with my decision to leave Scouts Canada."
Steve Kent, chief commissioner and chair of Scouts Canada's board of governors, told The Globe that former CEO Rob Stewart will step in to fill Ms. Yale's position in the interim. The search for a permanent CEO would start immediately, he said.
"On behalf of the Board, I would like to convey our thanks and appreciation for the contribution Janet has made over the past year, a year that has seen Scouting in Canada undergo a major restructuring and transition," Mr. Kent wrote in an e-mail. "On a personal note, I would like to thank Janet for her hard work and dedication over this past year. I learned a lot from her and I want to wish her the very best in her future endeavours."