Sam was born in Winnipeg, MB on 14 November 1933 and gently passed away on 3 May 2020 with loved ones at his side. Predeceased by his mother (Sylvia), father (Alexander), brother (Robert), nephew (Rob) and mother of his children Joan Berry. Survived by his children David (Pam), Ken, Len and Denise, his former wife Jean Donnachie, his granddaughters Mikaela, Courtney, Samantha and Danika, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
With his father serving overseas during the Second World War, he spent his childhood between Vancouver College and St. Louis College in Victoria. He and his brother Bob grew up fast becoming the men of the house. He kept in touch with his college chums throughout his life. His working career started as a logging surveyor on Vancouver Island and as a cook on a fishing boat. In 1952 he joined the RCAF and became a Military Policeman. He was initially employment on varied unit duties at Stations in Goose Bay, NL, Sea Island and Holberg, BC and Lahr, Germany.
On returning to Canada in 1959, he had a brief tours at St Jean, QC, and Aylmer and Camp Borden, ON. In 1964 he was posted to Comox, BC and during this period he also graduated from the Canadian Police College at the RCMP Depot Division in Regina, SK. He rose through the ranks holding many senior staff positions in LaMacaza, QC, Ottawa, ON, Winnipeg, MB and Trenton, ON.
He was promoted to Colonel in 1985 and appointed as the Director of Security and Security Branch Advisor. In 1986 the Directorate was elevated to a Division and he remained as the Director General of Security in Ottawa until his retirement in 1988. He was truly admired by his colleagues, many of whom became great friends.
During retirement he remained active on the executive of the Canadian Intelligence and Security Association as the Pacific Region Representative. He was also made an Honorary Member of the Canadian Provost Corp Association. Sam was a true family man and gentleman who loved and adored his family and friends. He had a quick dry humour that would leave you laughing until it hurt. He had a passion for Dixieland and Jazz and became President and lifetime member of Vancouver Dixie Land Jazz Society. He said it was the beat of the music that followed him.
No words can explain the depths of this man, he will be forever missed.
A celebration of life will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation BC and/or the Cancer Society in memory of Alexander (Sam) Stevenson.
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During the month of April 2020, Judd Foster was selected as the 2nd recipient of the CMPA Scholarship award. Judd is a Highland graduate and a first-year student at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Engineering Science. This four-year undergraduate program will allow him to specialize in electronics in his third year. Striving for excellence, he earned a 3.85 GPA in his first term and was recognized on the Dean’s Honour Roll after completing his second term.
Community minded, Judd joined the SFU Robot Soccer Club’s electronics team. Working together with mechanical and software teams, the club’s goal is to fabricate a robot that incorporates the use of motors, sensors, and wireless communication to prepare for upcoming competitions. While quickly assuming a general leadership role within his work group, he was appointed Electronics Team Leader. He is currently implementing improvements to make the team more efficient, and even though this adds to his daily work load, it’s also a way for him to relieve stress and share his passion with others as he builds working relationships and make connections with his fellow teammates.
Recently, as part of an Academic project Judd created a device to detect drowsiness in vehicle drivers using an infra-red camera to recognize when the eyes close. It also included capacitive sensors mounted on the steering wheel to detect grip changes.
As a recent Skills Canada Nationals gold medal winner in electronics, he became a member of Team Canada and dedicated himself to over a year of intensive training, competing in World Skills in the UAE in electronics at a post-secondary level. Since the competition, he is volunteering with Skills Canada, offering leadership to participants in the electronics trade. He continues to mentor the Highland First Robotics team, offering direction, guidance and support in programming for their spring competition.
While at High school, he excelled in electronics and wanted to give back to the school's program and he wanted to help inspire students in the field of science and engineering. So to complete this goal he became a teacher’s assistant during his graduating year where he lead, directed and supported students in Robotics by creating electronic and robotic demonstrations for classroom projects and helped manage the class.
Due to the current policies in relation to social distancing and groups, no photo was taken of the cheque presentation.
Congratulations Judd, your scholarship is certainly well deserved!
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