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Scholarship to be awarded in honour of fallen female RCMP officer

March 6, 2014 – Ottawa

The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Roxanne James, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, today spoke at an event held by Women in Defence and Security Canada (WiDS) to honour the memory of a fallen female RCMP officer and to present the 2014 WiDS Memorial Scholarship award.

The WiDS Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually with a goal of encouraging women to pursue careers related to national security and defence in Canada. Each year, the scholarship honours the memory of women who fell in the line of duty.

This year, the WiDS Memorial Scholarship is honouring the memory of RCMP Constable Della Beyak, who was the first female RCMP officer killed while on duty 25 years ago. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of women first joining the RCMP as regular members.

Quick Facts

  • Women now make up over 20 percent of the regular member RCMP population.
  • Women in Defence and Security Canada (WiDS) is a not-for-profit organization, whose mandate is to promote the advancement of women leaders in defence and security professions across Canada.
  • This is the first time a member of the law enforcement community has been honoured by the WiDS Memorial Scholarship, since its inception in 2006.

Quotes

“It is fitting that Women in Defense and Security Canada is paying tribute to a member of law enforcement in this way – particularly as 2014 marks forty years of women proudly serving as members in the RCMP. There is no question about the important contributions and progress that women have been making as Mounties over the past four decades. This scholarship sends a strong message that encourages women to pursue careers related to national security and defence. We will continue to raise awareness of their hard work and dedication to keeping our communities safe.”

The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

“Public Safety Canada is proud to be involved with Women in Defense and Security Canada. We are grateful for their dedication to promoting the role of women as leaders in the defence and security fields – exactly where we want and need them.”

Roxanne James, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

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613-991-2924

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