My name is Johnathan Drozdowski and I am running for the Bear Clan board of directors. I first got involved with Bearclan October of 2018. I was born and raised in Winnipeg, specifically in the North End, and it is where I still reside today, so I have a good grasp of some of the struggle’s residents in the area experience. During my youth, my mom and I started to explore our Métis roots after the passing of my great grandmother. While exploring part of my heritage, I got involved more and more with the community, and even served as Co-Chair of the Defense Aboriginal Advisory Group in Winnipeg, while working with the Department of National Defense. This time was a rewarding experience, as I was able to learn more about my culture, assist in a great cause, and spread awareness of issues facing indigenous people serving our country. To continue supporting the community, I joined the Bear Clan in October of 2018, only a few weeks after coming back from a year long deployment in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
After joining, I realized that there were several areas where I could start assisting. Within the first month of joining, I setup a donation page through gofundme, helping raise a total of $40,366. I have also continually helped both the executive directors, and members of the board with various requirements, including setting up the new Bearclan domain, bearclanpatrol.org, and setting up laptops for community and patrol leader use. I have also helped with getting a charity account setup through the Microsoft non-profit portal to help Directors, Leaders, and Volunteers get access to Bear Clan patrol E-mails, Office applications, and other technology requirements to make their job easier. I have also helped streamline hamper deliveries by working with one of the worlds top providers of delivery optimization software to help plan the most optimized routes for hamper deliveries.
If elected, my plans are to continue to grow the online presence through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and to grow the Bear Clans adoption of technology. I also plan to develop standard operating procedures that will allow quicker turnaround times when community members call or message in with requests for assistance, whether it be reporting sharps, requesting hampers, or reporting a missing person. Further plans are to help develop a ground search and rescue kit, along with procedures on how to implement a proper search methodology.
It is my belief that the Bear Clan has made great strides in growth, while staying true to its community support roots. I feel that this is the best time to continue to grow, while adopting new technology to strengthen our outreach, and serve the community in the quickest and most efficient manner, and I feel that I am in the right position to help Bear Clan grow to new heights.