New North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Inspector loves the business of being busy
Ray Carfantan is a very busy man. But he wouldn't have it any other way.
"it's absolutely busy,'' said Carfantan, who turned 50 on March 1 and will take over as the new Inspector for the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment on Oct. 21. "But I like to be busy. Good things seem to happen when you're busy.''
Carfantan is juggling all sorts of things, including wrapping up his current position with the Vancouver Island regional general investigation section, riding in the Tour de Rock Cops for Cancer fundraiser and then visiting his daughter Abby, who's on a soccer scholarship at the University of Montevallo in Alabama, before starting his new position.
He wanted to make a fresh start as North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Inspector and that's what he'll be doing once all his current commitments are done.
"When the opportunity came up to apply for the job in Duncan, it was something I was really comfortable with,'' Carfantan said.
The application process began in June and he was interviewed for the position in early August and notified about being chosen over two other candidates at the end of August.
"I love the Cowichan Valley,'' said Carfantan, who resides in Cobble Hill. "I've lived there for 14 years.''
Born in Saskatchewan, Carfantan grew up in Kelowna and spent eight years in the forest industry before joining the RCMP. He was stationed at Cold Lake, Alberta before going even farther north to the very chilly climes of Inuvik and Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
Carfantan said he loved the time he spent in Inuvik. He did both plain clothes and homicide work in the Territories before arriving in Lake Cowichan in 1999.
Carfantan transferred from Lake Cowichan to the plain clothes unit in West Shore in 2005 and has been with the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit since 2009.
Once he returns from Alabama, it's down to business.
"I am excited about taking on this new role,'' he said. "I want to throw myself into this new challenge.''
Carfantan doesn't foresee a huge change of direction or philosophy from his predecessor.
"I'm so lucky to take the reigns and follow behind Kevin Hewco,'' he said. "I've known Kevin a long time and Kevin and I are very similar.
"It's very comfortable. We've certainly kept in touch with the folks in Duncan in my current role and previous role.''
Carfantan knows there will be a transition to make to a new building on the horizon, with the full support of the Municipality of North Cowichan.
"It's very crowded,'' he said of the detachment's current headquarters. "It's definitely going to be a great thing when that comes together. I'm going to reap the benefit of Kevin's good work there. I should thank him for that.''
In the meantime, there's a little thing called the Tour de Rock to prepare for.
"I've wanted to do it since '99 when I got to Lake Cowichan,'' said Carfantan. "Through the years in Lake Cowichan, I got to know some of the kids. It just sort of piqued my interest.''