The family of Constable Heidi Stevenson and the law enforcement community will be honouring Cst. Stevenson during an RCMP Regimental Memorial on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. Due to COVID restrictions at the time of Cst. Stevenson’s passing, the RCMP was unable to hold a Regimental Funeral and a private family funeral was held.
The memorial will take place at Cole Harbour Place in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. As part of the memorial, there will be a procession of uniformed law enforcement starting at approximately noon on Forest Hills Parkway, marching from St. Vincent de Paul Church to Cole Harbour Place. Road closures will be in effect beginning at approximately 11:45 a.m. Details are below.
The memorial service is not open to the public; however, the public is encouraged to gather along the procession route to show their support for Cst. Stevenson’s family. We thank the public for their patience and cooperation in regards to these arrangements.
The memorial service will be broadcast via CBC and other media outlets, as they choose.
Together with Cst. Stevenson’s family, we would like to express our appreciation for the amount of support, kind gestures, thoughtful notes and condolences received since her passing in April 2020. We are humbled by such an outpouring of support.
The procession of RCMP, police, military and emergency services personnel will begin at St. Vincent de Paul Church and march south along Forest Hills Parkway to Cole Harbour Place.
Motorists can expect delays and detours in the area starting at 11:45 a.m. Flying Cloud Drive, Taranaki Drive, Auburn Drive and Chameau Crescent will be closed during the procession, and traffic will be rerouted along Flying Cloud Drive. There will be an additional traffic control point at Auburn Drive and John Stewart Drive, where vehicles will be routed south on John Stewart Drive or east on Auburn Drive, away from Forest Hills Parkway.
The intersection of Flying Cloud Drive, Taranaki Drive and Forest Hills Parkway next to St. Vincent de Paul Church will only be closed for a short period of time as the procession leaves the church. Once the procession has cleared the intersection, both Flying Cloud Drive and Taranaki Drive will be reopened.
The remaining street closures and detour are expected until approximately 1 p.m. Motorists are being asked to respect the barricades and traffic cones set up for the road closures.
The road closures are for the safety of the first responders marching and those attending funeral and the overflow locations.
On behalf of the RCMP, CBC will be providing an on-site media news feed for key moments of the memorial. CBC will be the only media outlet with access inside the memorial service. Inquiries regarding this media protocol can be directed to Cpl. Guillaume Tremblay at 902-830-5695 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note to uniformed law enforcement partners
Uniformed law enforcement partners who will be marching with us in the procession are asked to park at the RBC Centre on Commodore Drive in Dartmouth. Members must be at the RBC Centre by 10:30 a.m. and will be transported by bus to the muster point. There is no parking at the muster point.
There is limited seating at Cole Harbour Place. There is an overflow viewing location at Cole Harbour District High that is available to law enforcement.
Constable Heidi Stevenson
July 11, 1971 – April 19, 2020
Heidi Stevenson grew up in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. She graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1993. It was during this time at Acadia that she started a part‑time job with Campus Safety and Security, and her passion for policing was born.
Heidi loved her chosen career, and held many different roles throughout her 23 years as an active member. Most notably, she represented the RCMP across the continent as part of the Musical Ride (a job she took without even knowing how to ride a horse). She loved her time working at headquarters as a Drug Recognition expert, and was especially proud of her expertise in that area and the respect the judges had for her professionalism in court. Whether it was general duty, community policing, communications or training, Heidi dedicated herself to her role, turned her colleagues into friends, and was a role model for many in the communities she served.
It was while working as a High School Liaison Officer in Cole Harbour that she met her husband, Dean. They embarked on many adventures together, and built a life full of love, laughter and adventure. Together, they had two children, Connor and Ava, who were the lights of Heidi’s life. From cheering the loudest at their hockey games, to taking the time to cuddle before tucking them into bed, Heidi made sure her kids knew how much she loved being their mom.
Heidi was the neighbour who waved at everyone. She was the busy parent who volunteered at school. She was the friend who delivered cinnamon buns and homemade bread. She was the second mom to many kids who came over to play. She was the gentle smile when you needed it most. Heidi made an impact on this world, and words can’t begin to express how much she is missed.