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President's Update - April 24, 2020

April 24, 2020 – Don Bureaux

Good afternoon,

This has been a week filled with sorrow, shock and anger following the unimaginable violence that unfolded in our province last Saturday and Sunday.

As we continue to try to make sense of what has happened, I have been heartened to see how our college community has rallied around one another to express our love, sympathy and support for everyone touched by this tragedy. Gestures of kindness, tears, virtual hugs, songs, sacred dances – some of the many ways we’ve come together in spirit when we can’t be together physically.

We are a province-wide, tightly knit community and on top of the collective grief and shock, some of us are suffering personal losses. It’s understandable that we may need help managing through it all. Please, if you need support, reach out for it. A bulletin with helpful information and can be found on Connect

Even as we grieved this week, our community took great strides together to ensure learning continues through the global pandemic, Covid-19. Here are just a few reminders and updates:

  • Students received from their faculty a program update – including details about Spring/Summer courses, work experience courses, and/or graduation requirements. Be sure to follow up with your faculty or Student Advisors if you have additional questions or concerns.
  • The College is planning, where possible, to deliver all Spring and Summer term courses through online or distance learning. Where we are unable to deliver an offering through those options, we will reschedule or cancel.
  • The Federal government announced important financial supports for students. Please see the Prime Minister’s statement from April 22, 2020. Once the government releases eligibility and application details, we will ensure that information is added to our nscc.ca and Connect sites.

As we move into another weekend, I am hoping it will offer time and space for us to reflect on what we are achieving, on what is important in life and to honour the innocent lives lost. Here are some of the ways you can show your respect:

  • Sign an online book of condolences on the provincial government website
  • Share your support through social media
  • Wear or display tartan, blue or red
  • Join one of the virtual vigils being held this evening

Please remember to be kind to yourself during this difficult time, and don’t forget, we are here for you and we are stronger together.

As always, we continue to update our COVID-19 site with the latest information.

Warm regards,
Don Bureaux
NSCC President

Last updated on: September 10, 2020 01:49 PM