Dear ALCDSB Catholic communities,
All of us are shocked and saddened by the events that unfolded in Portapique, Nova Scotia that past weekend. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected, and we are grateful for the bravery of the emergency personnel who acted quickly to protect the community.
Although we cannot be together in person, it is essential that when we are connecting with one another, we do so with kindness and empathy.
Our schools may be closed but our Catholic educators and support staff will continue to ensure that our remote emergency learning connections with students are safe spaces. Support is available for anyone who is feeling vulnerable – at any time. Please encourage anyone who is struggling to seek out that support by talking to a friends, a parent or caregiver, a family member, a teacher or a colleague.
Should you need support for yourself, a child or loved one, the following resources are available:
CMHS: 613-966-3100 (Children under 15)
QHC Crisis: 1-888-757-7766 (Youth 16 + and Adults)
Maltby Centre: 613-546-8535 (Children and Youth)
Morneau Shepell's Free Crisis Support Line for anyone impacted by the tragedy in Portapique, NS call 1-844-751-2133.
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868
24/7 Crisis Text Line is now available to Canadians of all ages supported by Kids Help Phone:
If you are an adult, text WELLNESS to 741741.
If you are a child or youth, text CONNECT to 686868.
We are fortunate to live in a supportive and caring Catholic community, where we can lean on one another in times like this.
Please take good care of yourselves and one another.
Director of Education
For more information on providing support to those affected by this tragedy: Ways to Help Children and Youth_Following a Tragedy or Crisis