It is with a very heavy heart that I write to you to connect about the unfathomable tragedy that struck Nova Scotia this past weekend.

This event has brought devastation to so many. Nova Scotia is a small province, made up of numerous close-knit communities. I know that many among our University community have connections to those affected and to you I send my deepest condolences. Though we can’t be physically together at this very difficult time, please know that your University community stands alongside you in your grief. We mourn with you.

We also join our local law enforcement community in mourning the tragic loss of RCMP Cst. Heidi Stevenson whose life was cut short in a heroic effort to protect the lives of others.

We have lowered our flags on campus in memory of all those who died.

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If you need support, please reach out to one of the following resources:

For students:
Counselling Services (free, confidential services for MSVU students) – email to make an appointment or access e-counselling tools here

For faculty and staff:
Employee & Family Assistance Program (or EFAP)—Shepell (free, confidential counselling services for MSVU faculty and staff) – visit the website or call 1-844-880-9142.

For all:
Morneau Shepell Crisis Support Line (for anyone in the community in need of emotional support in relation to this tragedy) – 1-844-751-2133. “By calling, individuals will receive professional emotional support and/or referral to community resources. This resource is available to anyone and everyone.”

Emergency mental health support:
Provincial Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-888-429-8167, or dial 911

Please take care of yourselves and each other.