Inaugural Constable Sarah Beckett Memorial Scholarship Awarded

Aug 14, 2017

Victoria, BC–- The Capital Regional District (CRD) Traffic Safety Commission awarded the inaugural Cst. Sarah Beckett Memorial Scholarship to Tanner Stevenson at Sunday’s Victoria Shamrocks game with the Westshore RCMP and Cst. Beckett’s family in attendance.

“This scholarship acknowledges the loss of Constable Beckett and recognizes the vital role police play in service for our community, including increasing traffic safety. Tanner has clearly demonstrated his dedication to his community with his volunteer work,” said Colin Plant, Chair of the Traffic Safety Commission. “This scholarship recognizes Tanner as he continues to work hard in school, pursuing his goal of becoming a police officer.”

Tanner Stevenson will be attending Royal Roads in September to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. His interest in policing has led Tanner to become an Infantryman in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve and a volunteer with the Saanich Police Reserves.

Cst. Beckett lost her life in a tragic automobile crash in 2016. Subsequently, the Commission created the scholarship to raise awareness of traffic safety issues and highlight the community service provided by police. The Commission is responsible for traffic safety education programs and makes recommendations to the CRD Board to increase road safety in the region. The Commission will award the $2000 scholarship annually to a post-secondary student based on demonstrated academic achievement, financial need, community service record, and an expressed interest in pursuing a career in law enforcement. This year’s award was supplemented with $1250 in donations collected by the Victoria Shamrocks organization.

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The CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24-member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, foster community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region. Visit us online at


For media inquiries, please contact:

Colin Plant, Chair
Traffic Safety Commission
Cell: 250.514.1439

Jason Sperling | Operations Manager
Victoria Shamrocks Senior A Lacrosse
Tel: 250.478.ROCK (7625)
Cell: 778.677.8259

Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3229
Cell: 250.216.5492