James Favel out at Bear Clan Patrol in Winnipeg

Former executive director plans to release his own statement soon

Bear clan patrol

(James Favel helped restart Bear Clan Patrol in 2014. File)

The man who helped resurrect the Bear Clan Patrol Inc. in Winnipeg has left the organization.

James Favel confirmed it happened last week.

The board described it as a “departure” but didn’t provide any details.

“I’m preparing a response,” Favel said when APTN News reached him Saturday.

Favel declined to comment further.

Registered charity

The board appointed lead co-ordinator Kevin Walker as the registered charity’s interim executive director.

“The board of directors thanks outgoing executive director James Favel for his six-year commitment to the organization,” the group said in a statement released late on July 31.

“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.”

Favel was one of three people to help resurrect the neighbourhood-watch group – first formed in Winnipeg’s North End in 1992 – in August 2014 in response to the murder of Tina Fontaine.

Its volunteers patrol select neighbourhoods and also distribute food. It provides security upon request, and last summer joined the Canada-wide search for two murder suspects in northern Manitoba.

Lead co-ordinator

Walker started out as a volunteer and is now employed as Bear Clan’s lead co-ordinator, the board said in its statement.

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

The staff is a mix of paid and unpaid personnel funded via donations and government grants.

Online Journalist / Winnipeg

Award-winning reporter Kathleen Martens covers western and northern Canada for aptnnews.ca. A veteran of the Brandon Sun, Sun Media and APTN Investigates, she is based in APTN’s head office, specializing in stories about property, women’s rights and community.