Bear Clan co-founder James Favel replaced as executive director

By | July 31, 2020

James Favel is no longer serving as the executive director of the Bear Clan Patrol, the Winnipeg-based community crime prevention organization he helped revive.

Bear Clan Patrol Inc. said in a Friday news release it has appointed Kevin Walker, who started as a volunteer with the citizen patrol before becoming a lead co-ordinator, as interim executive director.

It wasn’t clear from the release why Favel is no longer serving as executive director.

He served in the executive director role for six years, and was one of three people who helped revive the Bear Clan Patrol in August 2014, after the body of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine was pulled from the Red River in Winnipeg.

“Bear Clan is currently assessing its operational needs and will determine the best course of action moving forward with regard to senior staff leadership,” the organization said in the news release.

The Bear Clan’s board of directors thanked Favel for his work in the release.

“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,” the release said.

CBC News has reached out to Favel and Bear Clan Patrol but is waiting for comment.

“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,” Bear Clan Patrol board chair Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais said in the news release announcing Walker’s interim appointment.

“We are excited to see him bring these insights and experiences to our community of staff and volunteers.”

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