When Constable Doug Larche died tragically in June of this year, Nathan Davis, a former classmate from St. Malachy’s Memorial High School, made a proposal via social media. He sent out a request to start up a fund in honour of the fallen father, friend, and RCMP officer.
The proposal quickly gained traction, and Leo Howe, Angela Cormier and Heather Gillis joined together to create the Doug Larche Memorial Fund.
“We wanted to honour Doug's memory,” says Davis, “while representing his community spirit, and his ideals of helping others. We thought this would be the best way of keeping his name, and memory, alive.”
To begin, Davis says the group had to take a number of steps to ensure that the Fund was arranged in an appropriate fashion. All stakeholders were informed, and approval for moving forward was received from the St. Malachy's Memorial High School administration, the Codiac RCMP, and most importantly Nadine, Doug's wife.
The group was fortunate to have received permission from all the stakeholders in time for the St. Malachy’s alumni supper, where a formal announcement was made. “Since that time,” says Davis, “we have received excellent coverage from local media outlets, and also amazing support and advice from the Community Foundation.”
The group has steadily been increasing awareness of the function and meaning behind the fund. The community has joined together in their fundraising efforts and to date, the Fund has received over $5,000 in donations.
Davis says there are two objectives for the fund: a short-term goal, to be met by June 2015, is to have received $10,000 in donations. Their long-term goal is to have raised $50,000 by June 2020.
“If the long-term goal for the fund is achieved,” says Davis, “the fund becomes self-sustaining, thus assuring yearly bursary awards.”
The Constable Doug Larche Memorial Fund will provide one or more bursaries of $500 to graduates of St. Malachy’s Memorial High School who plan on pursuing full-time post secondary education. Students must be in solid academic standing, possess strong leadership qualities, be involved in extracurricular, community and/or athletic endeavors, and show financial need. Preference will be given to those students who express an interest in pursuing a career in law enforcement.