Blingin’ in the help for Bear Clan Patrol

By Natali Trivuncic
Staff Writer

The Bear Clan Patrol in Fort Frances helps the community in many ways and their efforts are not going unnoticed. They’ve been the recipients of several fundraisers and donations lately, to help them continue their work in the community. Neighbours Modern Diner recently partnered with the Bear Clan Patrol, when the local restaurant created the Bear Clan Burger to support the group and now a new fundraiser for the group is in progress.

Kelly McIntosh began the Blingin’ It Home for Fort Frances Bear Clan fundraiser to show her support for the group. McIntosh is a distributor for Origami Owl and will be donating 100 per cent of her commission for the month of May to the Bear Clan Patrol.

McIntosh, who already works full-time as a behaviour consultant with a local tribe agency said she wanted to help in some way but did not know how. But then thought of a fundraiser and have launched it with the approval of Bear Clan Patrol organizer, James Eastman.

“I just thought why don’t we do a fundraiser? I’ve never done one before and I looked online, and I saw a lot of people were doing 20 per cent of their commission would go to a charity and I’m like 20 per cent? That nothing. So why don’t I just do 100 per cent and just give it all,” McIntosh said.

McIntosh said the group does so much to keep the community safe; a testament to that was when her mother came to visit one year.

Kelly McIntosh, a local distributor for Origami Owl, is donating all of her May commissions to Bear Clan Patrol Fort Frances.

“My mother came up to visit from North Bay and we were walking down the street one day, and she almost stepped on [a needle] when she stepped off the curb. I said don’t worry about this, we can deal with it and I called Bear Clan and they were there in 10 minutes to pick it up,” McIntosh added.

McIntosh said she sees them regularly around the community and knows that they are putting themselves at risk to keep the community clean and safe.

The American-based company, Origami Owl, specializes in personalized lockets, charms, earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets. There is an assortment of charms from lady bugs to birth stones to choose from that are made to represent someone’s story or memory.

McIntosh said her goal is to raise $500 by the end of May.

McIntosh said between the fundraiser and her full-time job she will be quite busy, but it is worth it in the end.

For more information on the fundraiser, people can go to the Blingin’ It Home for Fort Frances Bear Clan fundraiser event or the Origami Owl Fort Frances page on Facebook where there is a link to shop directly from McIntosh’s site at