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COVID-19 President’s Update - April 9, 2020

April 09, 2020 – Don Bureaux

Good afternoon,

It's hard to believe that we're at the end of week four since the government first announced Nova Scotia’s initial COVID-19 cases.

A video transcript (PDF 96 KB) is available.

I have just a few updates to provide this week:

Supports for you

  • We know access to technology can be a barrier to distance learning. If you’re still experiencing this as a student, raise it with your faculty member or Student Services Advisor. We have several options available that may help.
  • Our NSCC Foundation has worked with donors to expand our NSCC Urgent Aid Fund. If you find yourself struggling to make ends meet and that’s becoming a barrier to learning, reach out to your Student Services Advisor.
  • Our entire community now has access to our newly launched Wellness and Change in Uncertain Times Brightspace course. This fully online offering provides information, strategies and resources that we hope will be helpful to students and employees as we all navigate this time of rapid changes.

Supporting others

  • We have been hearing about employees and students finding positive ways to reach out and lead the way through caring and community-minded initiatives during these difficult times.
    • Joan Godsey, a Kingstec culinary student, with support from her instructor Chef Dewar, decided to use her talents to support truckers who haul for a local firm. She and her husband are turning out an average of 150 meals a day – even recognizing important dietary needs. #ThankATrucker
    • Lacey Morell-Pierre, who works in our Achieve program, used her feet to send a message. She stomped her love note to all in the fresh snow which went viral and was shared on the Weather Network.
    • Two creative alum – Carla Bezanson and Kristen Wells – have created an online service called Covers for Comfort. Anyone can request a song, then local musicians put up their hands to perform a cover dedicated to a loved one, friend or colleague or anyone who needs a lift in this world of physical distancing.

This long weekend, please stay safe, continue to practice social distancing and stay in touch with friends, colleagues, family and neighbours remotely.

Don’t forget, we’re in this together.

Thank you,
Don Bureaux
NSCC President

Last updated on: September 10, 2020 02:20 PM