The heartbreaking news out of Nova Scotia has left a deep hole in our Atlantic communities. Our deepest sympathies are with the loved ones of those who lost their lives during yesterday’s tragic events and we thank the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and first responders. To honour the lives of those lost, Canadian Blood Services’ flags are at half-mast.
Undoubtedly, those of you in Nova Scotia are feeling this senseless tragedy very deeply, as are employees across the country. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time and I want to remind you that we are here to support you. I also want to take a moment to reflect upon the effect this tragic loss has had on the RCMP, who have provided support to Canadian Blood Services through our Partners for Life program.
At a time where all of us are already feeling a sense of uncertainty, this tragedy may amplify feelings of unease and sadness. To help you cope, I encourage you to utilize the resources available to you and your families such as Lifespeak and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which offers confidential mental health support with licensed professionals by phone, online chat or email. I also strongly encourage you to speak with your manager or contact our healthy workplace team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are feeling personally affected to better understand additional supports available to you.
This is not an easy time. We are facing unprecedented challenges and I want to convey my immense gratitude for your resilience and dedication. My thoughts are with you and your loved ones — please remember we are here to support you.