Interim director of Bear Clan Patrol mum on James Favel’s departure

By | August 4, 2020

A long-time volunteer at Bear Clan Patrol is taking over leadership after co-founder James Favel was removed from his role last week.

Kevin Walker is stepping into the role of interim director after starting as a volunteer with the citizen patrol before becoming a lead co-ordinator.

“I think I’m going to bring new insight, new directions, working well with other organizations to make the community stronger,” he told Ismaila Alfa on CBC Radio’s Up To Speed on Tuesday. 

Walker wouldn’t speak about replacing Favel, who 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 Patrol announced Favel’s departure in a news release Friday.

“That’s something I had no real say in or involvement in,” he said.

On Friday, Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais, the board chair of Bear Clan Patrol Inc. said she was “not really at liberty to share specifics” about why Favel is no longer serving as executive director.

Walker did say he’s not in contact with Favel, but wishes him the best. 

Outgoing executive director James Favel led the Bear Clan Patrol for six years and helped relaunch it in August 2014. (John Einarson/CBC)

“He is a mentor. He definitely laid the foundation for what we’re going to build on now,” he said.

“I wish him well and anything he decides to get involved in. He was a very big part of our community and I wish him all the best.”

CBC News has reached out to Favel, but he hasn’t responded to requests for comments.

As interim director, Walker says he hopes to see the food hamper program thrive, to reach out to different communities in the city and to keep the organization steady as it navigates the pandemic.

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