Vancouver, BC – April 24, 2020: BC Rugby joins the Rugby Nova Scotia community and all of Canada in mourning the tragic passing of Constable Heidi Stevenson and Lisa McCully, two members of Nova Scotia’s rugby community who were killed in a mass shooting last weekend.
Constable Heidi Stevenson, the police officer killed in the attack, was a former member of the Acadia University Axewomen rugby team who went on to play for the Nova Scotia provincial team. With her playing days behind her, she became coach of the girl’s rugby team at Cole Harbour District High School, where was also the school’s RCMP liason.
Lisa McCully, who also lost her life in the tragic events that unfolded last week, was a teacher at Debert Elementary School. In the early 1990s, she would have lined up against Stevenson several times while playing for the Mount Allison University Mounties. She was creative, adventurous and caring, once going so far as to cycle from Seattle to Boston to raise money for lung disease.
Both women touched the lives of many others, both in their careers and in their passions outside of work. Our hearts and thoughts are with their loved ones, and the families of all twenty-two people who lost their lives in the senseless attacks on April 18th and 19th.
The Canadian Red Cross has set up the Stronger Together Nova Scotia Fund for families affected by this tragedy. Donations can be made here.