CRD Traffic Safety Commission awards Second Annual Constable Sarah Beckett Scholarship
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 on July 19. “On behalf of the CRD Traffic Safety Commission I am so 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 death, this memorial scholarship creates a legacy in her name. This scholarship helps 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.
Cst. Sarah 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.