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Celebrating our leaders: Robert’s Story

Friday 25th March 2022

The Boys’ Brigade has over 10,000 volunteer leaders across the country who support children and young people to learn, grow and discover. Over the course of 2022 we are sharing some of their stories each month as we celebrate our amazing leaders.

Meet Robert

Robert Whan is the Captain of 1st Spa (near Ballynahinch), a member of the Down Battalion Executive and also a Trainer in Northern Ireland.

Why did you become a BB leader?

Because I was asked! Three months later, the person who asked me told me that she was retiring at the end of the year and over 20 years later I’m still there. I enjoy it because of the real and positive difference you can make in young lives through being able to share the Gospel with them and offering a quality and varied programme.

What is your highlight or proudest moment in the BB?

Too many to be able to select just one! We’ve had Company success in Battalion and National Competitions, memorable trips and residentials, young people obtaining their Queen’s Badge and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, as well as Seniors returning as leaders, but I’d say the genuine highlight is just seeing the young people progress through the Company week by week and becoming successful and outgoing.

What do you do when not at BB?

I am Director of Armagh Robinson Library, Northern Ireland’s oldest public library, as well as a Trustee of National Museums Northern Ireland. Within my Church, I am an Elder and Sunday School Superintendent. When I get any spare time I enjoy walking and reading.

How would you describe the BB in three words?

Enriching young lives.

If you are a leader and would like to share your story with us please email comms@boys-brigade.org.uk


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