Friday, 24 April 2020
I didn’t realize the impact the Nova Scotia shooting had on me, until I read an email from my Deputy Ministers to our Nova Scotia colleagues, offering their condolences and support on behalf of the department. A wave of sorrow and grief washed over me. And that’s when I realized, the melancholy I felt yesterday was related to the events that took place over the weekend in Nova Scotia.
Although I didn’t know any of the victims or their families, I know and love Nova Scotia. It is my home away from home. I lived there for a short time in 2010, made some beautiful friendships and fell in love with the spirit of the land and it’s people. It will be my retirement home one day.
I grieve for the victims, their families and friends and the innocence lost. There are many small towns around the province that don’t lock their doors, ever. Or they leave a key close by that everyone knows where it is. The friendliness, the way they open their doors to strangers, their love of life and family and the simpler things.
I love you Nova Scotia. I pray for you. I send you a big virtual hug and healing, loving energy to help you through this time.
Beautiful Nova Scotia in pictures: