A regimental memorial for Cst. Heidi Stevenson will take place next week.
"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," explained Mounties in a news release.
A service will be held at Cole Harbour Place next Wednesday, June 29.
It will not be open to the public, but people are being invited to gather along the route for a procession of RCMP, police, military and emergency services personnel.
That is scheduled to start at noon and with uniformed law enforcement marching along the Forest Hills Parkway from St. Vincent de Paul Church to Cole Harbour Place.
As a result, drivers will experience delays and detours in the area starting at around 11:45 a.m.
According to RCMP:
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.
Those in the procession are asked to park at the RBC Centre on Commodore Drive in Dartmouth by 10:30 a.m., where they will be transported by bus to the muster point. There is no parking at the muster point.
"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," said RCMP.
Stevenson grew up in Antigonish and graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1993.
During her 23 years as an active member of the RCMP she held many different roles.
"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," Mounties said.
She met her husband Dean while working as a High School Liaison Officer in Cole Harbour, and the pair have two children, Connor and Ava.
"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," RCMP said.
"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."