MADD Canada established the Terry Ryan Memorial Award for Excellence in Police Services in memory of Constable Terry Ryan whose life ended tragically in May of 2002 when he was killed in a two-car alcohol-related crash on his way home from a police function in the Durham Region of Ontario. This award recognizes the significant contribution of police services in helping to reduce impaired driving. It is presented annually to recognize exemplary service by a police officer in reducing the incidence of impaired driving.

To be eligible the person must be a police officer with a municipal, provincial or federal police agency, must be nominated by a local MADD Canada chapter, police service agency or police service association and must not have any record of impaired driving charges. Applications must be received no later than the 30th of June, every year. Applications should include a minimum of 2 recommendations. (Recommendations can be received from Police Service, Municipal, Provincial or Federal representatives, Chapters or Community Leaders).

For further information please contact MADD Canada at 1-800-665-6233. For the application form, click here (PDF).

2020 Terry Ryan Memorial Award for Excellence in Police Service

Constable Stevenson portrait by Rolanda Murphy

Our thanks to Canadian Artist Rolanda Lara Murphy, Design Axxys, Montreal, Quebec for allowing us to use her beautiful portrait of Cst. Heidi Stevenson.

Constable Heidi Stevenson, RCMP Cole Harbour Detachment, Nova Scotia

It is with a heavy heart that MADD Canada bestows this award posthumously to Constable Heidi Stevenson of the RCMP, Cole Harbour Detachment, Nova Scotia.

Constable Stevenson was killed in the line of duty on April 19, 2020 as she tried to protect the public from a man who had killed many others in the Portapique, Nova Scotia massacre. She volunteered to leave her area and face that danger in an attempt to locate and stop this man.

Constable Stevenson was a shining example of a dedicated police officer. The Cole Harbour detachment of the RCMP is one of the busiest in Eastern Canada and the demands on a front-line police officer are great. Despite this, Constable Stevenson always made sure to make the enforcement of impaired driving laws a priority in her daily activities.

Constable Stevenson strived to improve her traffic enforcement capabilities by seeking out additional training, including one of the most difficult courses in policing – the Drug Recognition Evaluator Program. Constable Stevenson shared her knowledge with other officers, and was also selected as one of just a few to become an instructor on Evidentiary Breath Training, Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and Drug Recognition.

She had a genuine passion for keeping her community and the public safe, and she truly recognized how impaired driving enforcement contributed to that goal.

Award Ceremony

Constable Stevenson’s husband and children were presented with the 2020 Terry Ryan Memorial Award for Excellence in Police Service by John MacLeod, Halifax Regional Police Constable and MADD Halifax Regional President.

Past recipients of the Terry Ryan Memorial Award for Excellence in Police Services

1997 Staff Sergeant Bill Chipman, Waterloo Region Police Services
1998 Constable Rodney Sudbury, Winnipeg Police Service
1999 Sergeant Frank Partridge, Toronto Police Service
2000 Constable Chris Thibaudeau, RCMP Digby Attachment
2001 Sergeant John Soffe, Toronto Police Service
2002 Senior Constable Eric Booth, OPP
2003 Constable Mark Stone, Durham Regional Police Service
2004 Staff Sergeant Carl DeSantis, Calgary Police Service
2005 Cst. Scott Lowther, Lacombe Police Service
2006 Cst. Tim Aumell, Peel Regional Police Service, ON
2007 Sgt. Bradley Bulmer of the York Regional Police
2008 Cst. David Greene, RCMP South Shore
2009 Sgt. Evan Scott, Rothesay Regional Police Force, NB
2010 Cst. John Reurink, Ontario Provincial Police, Lambton County Detachment, ON
2011 Constable Dave Ashfield, Durham Regional Police, ON
2012 Constable Scott Macdonald, Halifax Regional Police Service, NS
2013 Cst. Steve Jacko, Ontario Provincial Police, Kenora, Ontario
2014 RCMP Constable Travise Dow, Cumberland Detachment, Nova Scotia
2015 Constable Michael Sabulsky – RCMP Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment, Chilliwack, BC
2016 Constable Marc Gravelle – Ontario Provincial Police, Peterborough, ON
2017 Constable Robert Kavanaugh, RCMP – Antigonish, Nova Scotia and Constable Jasvir Dosanjh, RCMP – North Vancouver, British Columbia
2018 Constable Ken Perino – Toronto Police Service
2019 Cst. Brennan Burrows, Cape Breton Regional Police Service

Past Regional Award Winners

2009

BC/Yukon Region – Sgt. Carolin Luchuck, Vancouver Island RCMP, BC
Prairie Provinces/Northwest Territories/Nunavut Region – Sgt. Ron Russell, Wynyard RCMP, SK
Ontario West Region – Sgt. Derek Davis, Halton Regional Police, ON
Ontario East Region – Sgt. Robert Martin, York Regional Police, ON
Atlantic Region – Sgt. Evan Scott, Rothesay Regional Police Force, NB

2008

Ontario East Region – Staff Sgt. Steve Wilson of the South Simcoe Police Service
Atlantic Region – Cst. David Greene, RCMP South Shore

2007

BC/Yukon Region: Cst. Angelina Bowen of the RCMP Agassiz Detachment
Prairie Provinces/NWT/Nunavut Region: Cst. Stacey Fishley of the Medicine Hat Police Service
Ontario West Region: Staff Sgt. Kenneth Mantey, Thunder Bay O.P.P.
Ontario East Region: Sgt. Bradley Bulmer of the York Regional Police
Atlantic Region: Cst. Francis Smith of the Amherst Police Department

2006

BC/Yukon Region: Sgt. Dave Peat, RCMP White Rock, BC
Ontario West Region: Cst. Tim Aumell, Peel Regional Police Service, ON
Ontario East Region: Constable Tammy Brydon, Kawartha Lakes Police Department, ON
Atlantic Region: Constable Karen Thorp, of the RCMP Gander Detachment, NL

2005

BC/Yukon Region: Cst. Joel Shoihet, RCMP White Rock, BC
Prairie Provinces/NWT/Nunavut Region: Cst. Scott Lowther, Lacombe Police Service
Ontario West Region: Staff Sergeant Scott Diefenbaker, Waterloo Regional Police Services
Ontario East Region: Inspector Tom Carrique, York Regional Police
Atlantic Region: Constable Wes Kendall, RCMP South Shore Traffic Services, NS

2004

Atlantic Region: Constable Steven O’Blenis, RCMP in Stephenville, Newfoundland
Ontario East Region: Constable Doug Norman, Belleville Police Service
Ontario West Region:Sergeant David Finley, Norfolk County Detachment, OPP
Prairie Provinces/Nunavut Region: Staff Sergeant Carl DeSantis, Calgary Police Service
British Columbia/Yukon Region: Constable Melody Gilmour, Port Hardy RCMP Detachment

2003

Atlantic Region: Constable Ernie Reckling, Avalon East Traffic Services, RCMP
Ontario East Region: Constable Mark Stone, Durham Regional Police Service
Ontario West Region: Constable Pat Haner, Thunder Bay Police
Western Region: Constable Pat Barbar, Saskatoon Police Service