Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) Traffic Safety Commission (TSC) awarded the second annual Cst. Sarah Beckett Memorial Scholarship to Nathaniel Blondeau in a presentation at the West Shore RCMP detachment in Langford today.
"The CRD Traffic Safety Commission is proud to award this scholarship in the memory of Cst. Sarah Beckett to such a deserving candidate as Nathaniel Blondeau," said Colin Plant, Chair of the Traffic Safety Commission. "While nothing will ever take away the pain, sadness and loss as a result of Cst. Sarah Beckett’s tragic death, this memorial scholarship creates a legacy in her name. This scholarship will help a youth pursue their dream to serve their community as a police officer, just like Cst. Sarah Beckett did.”
Nathaniel is a recent graduate from Belmont Secondary School. He will be attending Camosun College this fall to pursue a criminal justice diploma and will then transfer to Simon Fraser University for a degree in Criminology. His goal is to become an RCMP officer. As captain of the Belmont football team, Nathaniel also achieved academic excellence, earning 98% in Law 12 and 97% in Criminology 12 courses. He is also bilingual.
"The West Shore RCMP is happy to be part of the Cst. Sarah Beckett Memorial Scholarship, in doing so we remember Sarah and the legacy she created in our community,” said Constable Matt Baker, spokesperson for the West Shore RCMP. “With leaders like Nathaniel, Sarah would be happy to see the future of the RCMP and the community remains bright. Nathaniel Blondeau is a worthy recipient of the scholarship and we know he’ll go on to do great things no matter his endeavours.”
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.
For more about the Commission, please visit http://crdtrafficsafety.ca/
Attachment: Sarah Beckett Scholarship Winner 2018 Photo (PDF)
L to R: West Shore RCMP Staff Sargent Raj Sandhu, Rob Blondeau, Nathaniel Blondeau, TSC Chair Colin Plant, West Shore RCMP Cst. Matt Baker
The Traffic Safety Commission reviews traffic safety in the capital region and makes recommendations through a committee to the CRD Board to help reduce or eliminate problems. The Commission also plans and carries out traffic safety education programs as provided for in the annual budget and approved by the CRD Board.
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For media inquiries, please contact:
Colin Plant, Chair
CRD Traffic Safety Commission
Cst. Matthew Baker, Media Relations Officer
West Shore RCMP