Today, Nikki Parr becomes our next Deputy County Commissioner for Programme. Want to know more? We have a Q&A!

Nikki, how are you feeling about being the new Deputy County Commissioner for Programme?
I am really excited and scared about the role.  This is a massive responsibility and one I’m hoping to get right.  I am looking forward to being able to support all aspects of the programme across Merseyside.  I am also looking forward for what is to come over the next few months, meeting our volunteers and young people across all the upcoming events. 

What motivated you taking on the role?
My motivation for taking on the role of Deputy County Commissioner for Programme is very much about how I can help and support our volunteers to provide exciting programmes and adventure to our young people.  I am passionate about ensuring all our young people have the opportunity to achieve their top awards and develop skills for life, which they will be able to use in every day life to help them become active citizens.

Tell our members a bit about yourself?
For those of you who know me, I don’t like talking about myself, so this is difficult for me.  I’ve been involved in Scouting since the age of 14 when I became a venture scout, which was only a few years ago… lol.  Prior to this I was a Rainbow, Brownie, Guide and Ranger and I have achieved my Queen’s Guide Award.  When in was 18, I became a Scout leader before deciding Cubs was the section for me and I took on the role as Akela at the age of 21. 

Most of you will know me best from my time as Assistant County Commissioner for Cub Scouts.  I took on this role in January 2016, which was the year of Cub 100.  What a baptism of fire that was, but it was fantastic year attending so many events and meeting lots of people.   I feel that this crazily busy year developed my organisational skills and my can do attitude.

In my everyday life, I have a difficult job working within the safeguarding arena.

What have been your highlights as a member yourself?
My highlights...wow! What a question, I have a few.  Firstly, would have to be attending the 24th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, having just returning home last month.  This was an adventure of a lifetime which I got to share with 36 incredible young people and 3 fabulous leaders.  Nothing prepares you for magic of a jamboree nor the jamboree blues, when it’s over. 

This is closely followed by achieving both my Queens Scout Award and Explorer Belt. This proves that hard work and determination, really does pay off.

You’re stuck on desert island. What three things do you take with you?
My multi tool, book about edible plants, flint and steal.

Last album you listened to?
Disney the lion king

Favourite Movie?
All the fast and furious films

If you could choose any meal what would it be?
Home made lasagna

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for?
I love going to the cinema to watch films, So If that was an Olympic sport. I would hope to get a 🏅medal. My record is currently three films in one day, this role might put a stop to breaking that record!

Do you have a claim to fame?
No sorry.

Ever met a famous person?
Yes, I have met Ross Kemp, he was much smaller in real life.

If you could dinner with a famous person, who would it be?
Vin Diesel

If you could make a 20 second phone call to yourself at any point in your life past or future, when would you call and what would you say?
I am not sure if I would want to make call to the past or future, the past has happened and future is yet to come. If you make a call this could change your path and direction in life.

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