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MEET THE 2018 CENTENNIAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS AND HONOREES

Each year, Higgins Insurance is incredibly proud to partner with the New Brunswick Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Veteran’s Association in handing out five $1,000 scholarships to worthy students. 

For 2018, we once again had well over 100 applications come in from lots of hopeful and exemplary students. Here are the results – congratulations to the winners!

The Scholarship Requirements for Eligible Students 

To be eligible for the scholarship, each recipient must obtain further full-time education at a post-secondary institution (either academically or learning a trade/profession). They also must be the child or grandchild of an active or lifetime member of the New Brunswick RCMP Veteran’s Association, or a child of a J Division employee.

In addition to these requirements, applicants must be outstanding students and citizens. 

To be eligible, they must have a grade average of at least 75% during their graduating year of secondary school. They also need a letter of recommendation from a teacher or community leader that shows their positive contribution to their school or community.

The 2018 Higgins Insurance + RCMP Veteran’s Association Centennial Scholarship Recipients

The chosen students are some of the best and brightest of their age group.

Here are the honorees for the 2018-2019 Centennial Scholarship:

 
 
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LUC BOLDUC

Luc Joseph Gerard Bolduc, “Luc” joined the RCMP in 1977 and spent 31 years with the Force. He grew up in Coaticook Quebec, and after completing his RCMP training, was posted to New Brunswick. Over the next 15 years he worked at a number of detachments in New Brunswick, including Petitcodiac, Moncton, Riverview, and Campbellton and also volunteered for temporary summer detachments in Alma, and Baie St. Anne. 

Luc was someone who believed in continuous learning and enrolled himself in numerous courses at the University of Moncton over those years, working towards his Bachelor of Commerce. Luc was also an avid outdoorsman, hunter, and fisherman.

Luc transferred to Interpol in Ottawa in 1992, and volunteered for a tour of duty in Haiti in 1993.  Luc was awarded the Peacekeeping medal for this mission in 1995, as well as the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal in 2002.

In 1998 Luc returned to New Brunswick and worked with the Commercial Crime section and
then successfully won the position of DSRR for J Division. Shortly after this, Luc became ill
with a blood cancer which he battled into his retirement and until his death in July of 2017.

Recipient: Kelsey Roy, UNB

 
 
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​​Jeff Cosgrove 

Jeff Cosgrove is in his 27th year in the RCMP. Born and raised in Saint John, NB, Jeff joined the force in 1992 and after completing french language training in Montreal, PQ. He volunteered for a transfer to the Canadian Arctic and served in detachments in Tuktoyaktuk, NT and Cambridge Bay, NU. He also participated in relief duties in numerous communities throughout the territories. During his arctic adventures, Jeff participated in a wide range of unique policing roles including a role acting as a crown prosecutor in territorial court.

Jeff and his wife, Victoria, daughter Aaron, and son, Ethan, transferred back home to New Brunswick in the summer of 2000. He worked in St. Stephen, St. Andrews and St. George until 2012 when he was transferred to the Tactical Training Section in J Division Headquarters in Fredericton. Jeff remains with the training section today as a full-time instructor in firearms, tactics and use-of-force.

Jeff is a cancer survivor. He was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2008 and underwent a successful treatment regime of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. As a result of his perseverance, Jeff was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. He was diagnosed with oral cancer in 2016 and battled through a series of treatments including chemotherapy, radiation and multiple surgeries. Despite these setbacks, Jeff has always been eager to return to the work he loves. He is well known for his passion for training and his wit and story-telling.

Away from the office, Jeff is an avid outdoorsman with a love of hiking, kayaking and
photography. He has also been heavily involved in his community, serving as a high school
volleyball coach for over 10 years.

Recipient:  Benjamin Carson, St. FX

 
 
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Bob Gallup
Sergeant Major Robert G.J. Gallup, M.O.M.
 
Bob was born in Campbellton, N.B.  He joined the RCMP in April, 1970 and served 39 years, retiring in April, 2009. After completing training at Depot Division, Regina, SK., he began his career in Toronto, Ontario.  From there Bob spent the next 10 years of his career in Alberta serving in Grande Prairie, Calgary and Airdrie detachments.  

From Alberta Bob was posted to Depot Division, Regina, Sk., as a drill instructor, his first of three postings to Depot during his career.  Bob also served in New Brunswick in Petitcodiac, Riverview, Hampton and Fredericton Detachments.  The latter being his last before retiring.  In addition, Bob oversaw the RCMP Ceremonial Troop at the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo for many years.  Bob served on this committee, the Centennial Scholarship, for several years as well. 

During his career, Bob received the Order of Merit in 2001.  He also received the Golden Jubilee
Medal in 2002.  Bob was an integral part of every community he served, volunteering countless hours to his church, Neighbourhood Watch, Help the Cops Help the Kids, Relay for Life, to name a few.  Bob was a proud Mountie and enjoyed every moment of his career.

Recipient: Declan Buckley, Indian Hills Community College (Iowa) on baseball scholarship

 
 
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​​Angela Gevaudan 

In 2004, Angela Gevaudan joined the Greater Sudbury Police family as a 911
Communicator/Dispatcher. She would later find a home with the RCMP in Moncton, NB. She has always been particularly aware of how crucial it is to be able to effectively communicate accurate information to first responders – as they attempt to deal with emergency situations. This can undoubtedly be attributed to her training and experiences as a dispatcher.

On June 4, 2014, her world would be forever changed when her twin flame and brothers would be killed in the line of duty. Angela has since dedicated her energy to improving the health and safety of police officers, and all those who fall under the public safety umbrella. She feels an innate desire to protect those first responders with whom she has worked for many years. She has maintained this focus in the aftermath of the incident. Her more recent drive to promote healing within the policing community stems from her personal experience with post traumatic stress, and the challenges she has been faced with since the initial occurrence.

​”We are not meant to fight against PTSD. With the proper tools, resources, and support – our
injuries are intended to show us what needs to be healed.”

Recipient:  Vincent Bertrand, University of Moncton

 
 
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​Tim Quigley 

This scholarship is named in honour of Tim Quigley, former Commanding Officer, “J” Division. Tim was born in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland. He served in the RCMP for 36 years, working in both uniformed and plain clothes sections in New Brunswick. He also worked in Nova Scotia and at Headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario. He was commissioned to the rank of Inspector in 1988 in Ottawa. Tim remained in Ottawa until his transfer to New Brunswick in 1999. He retired from the Force in 2005 at the rank of Assistant Commissioner after serving as the Commanding Officer, “J” Division for 6 years.

Tim received the Order of Merit Medal in 2004 from the Governor General and appointed as
“Officer of the Order Of Merit for Police Forces (OOM”). Tim is married, has three children and
one grandchild. His favorite leisure activity is spending time on his sailboat.

Recipient: Celine Goodbout, University of Ottawa

Congratulations once again to the 2018 scholarship recipients and honorees. We’re proud of your efforts and wish you luck in the future!

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