A Fond Farewell to Nootka Sound RCMP Family
It is that time again when our community bids farewell to a long time local Mountie and his family. Constable Ryan Walker and his wife Kathy arrived on a hot summers day in 2015 with their daughter Alison. Barely able to contain his own arrival, Ryan and Kathy’s son Colin was born as the last box was unpacked, completing their family of 4.
Over the next, almost 4 years, the whole Walker family became not only a part of the local RCMP family but an intricate part of the Nootka Sound community. Kathy’s love of students and community brought her to many of the RWES classrooms, Alison and Colin were fixtures in many activities, and Ryan became a trusted go to for many who needed that extra support.
Understanding that 4 years would go by quickly Ryan made the effort to get to know those we serve in both Tahsis and Gold River. He went above and beyond for his clients, celebrating their successes and grieving their losses. As a humble person, most of our citizens will never know the hours of dedication he has put into this life that many look at as just a job. To Ryan, policing is a calling that he takes great pride in, to the benefit of those he serves and for those of us who have gotten to be his colleague and friend.
The Walker Family have made the bittersweet decision to leave the island and return to New Bruinswick. The opportunity to raise their kids among many cousins, aunts, uncles and most importantly, grandparents won out. We wish the Walker Family all the best on their new adventure and remind them they will be missed. New Bruinswick residents are very lucky Ryan, having you patrolling their streets keeping their homes and families safe.
Thank you for your service and more importantly – Stay Safe!
Love From Your Nootka Sound and extended RCMP Family