The executive director and co-founder of Winnipeg’s Bear Clan Patrol Inc. is no longer leading the organization, according to its board of directors.
James Favel is being replaced by Kevin Walker, who the board says is taking over as interim executive director effective immediately.
Board chairperson Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais was staying tight-lipped as to why Favel is no longer with the organization.
“I can’t get into specifics or anything about this. It was not taken lightly but it was a decision that had to be made,” Robinson-Desjarlais said.
The board thanked Favel for his six-year commitment to the organization, and for his role as one of three founding members in its second installation in August 2014.
“During his tenure, a number of initiatives have led to the successful expansion of Bear Clan Patrol Inc. into a respected and well-loved organization that has inspired like-minded groups across Canada,” said a release.
Walker started out as a volunteer with the Bear Clan, and is currently employed as the organization’s lead coordinator.
“Kevin is at the heart of our community — he lives and breathes our community-centric approach to crime prevention, relationship building, neighbourhood safety, solidarity and belonging,” said Robinson-Desjarlais.
“We are excited to see him bring these insights and experiences to our community of staﬀ and volunteers.”
The Bear Clan Patrol was originally created in 1992 as a volunteer safety group but, after several years, discontinued its patrols. Years later, the group returned to Winnipeg streets and now operates as a registered charity.
The Bear Clan currently patrols in the North End, West End, Point Douglas and West Broadway neighbourhood, and recently added a patrol in the Elmwood neighbourhood.
Over the years, other cities across Canada have founded their own versions of the Bear Clan Patrol.
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