For three years, the LDS Church president called The Great White North home while presiding over the Church's Canadian Mission from 1959 to 1962. His talks and writings often reference the years he and his wife, Frances J. Monson, spent living and serving among the Canadian members and their neighbors.
And he's a lifelong Scout who has championed the program for decades and actively serves on the Boy Scouts of America's National Executive Board.
On Friday, President Monson's passionate support for both Canada and Scouting were recognized when a trio of Scouts Canada executives presented him with the Silver Fox Award. According to Scouts Canada, the Silver Fox is reserved and bestowed upon "those deemed to have contributed service of the most exceptional character to Scouting in the international field, performed by persons who are not members of Scouts Canada."