It is with a heavy heart and solemn resolve that I share these words with you.
As many of you are aware an incident occurred in the downtown Ottawa core yesterday that resulted in the death of a member of our Canadian Forces, Corporal Nathan Cirillo. As the world watched yesterday’s events unfold, we were challenged by the fear of knowing this was all occurring in our own backyard – in the city many of us call home.
This event has without a doubt shaken the fabric of our community. From our friends across town at the University of Ottawa who endured an extensive lock down period, to the many loved ones we knew were in the midst of it all, and now to those of us dealing with the aftermath – we have all been affected in some way by this tragic event. Yet, our resolve should not be broken. It is in these moments that we should strive to further uphold who we are.
The City of Ottawa and Carleton University are both vibrant and embracing communities. We share the values of inclusivity, passion and opportunity. We strive for excellence every day and should continue to do so without faltering. Do not allow yesterday’s events to discourage you, instead work to reinforce the community we have built and do so with vigilance.
At the same time do not be afraid to reflect and if needed, seek support. We are fortunate enough to have access to one of the most comprehensive Health and Counselling programs in the country. We have numerous peer run support services and our CUSA service centres are always available to those seeking a space on campus they feel welcome and safe. All of this is in addition to the services offered by the City of Ottawa.
As we move forward, let us not forget the sacrifice of Corporal Nathan Cirillo and the many brave men and women of our Canadian Forces, the bravery of our first responders and security personnel like Parliamentary Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers nor, the vigilance of our support professionals and staff in the coming days.
Stay strong Ravens and let’s continue to do what we do best – share your spirit, love and strength.
A list of all available campus support services is below.
Carleton University Students’ Association
Carleton University Health and Counselling Services: http://carleton.ca/health/
Counselling Appointments: 613-520-6744
In Residence Counselling Appointments: 613-520-2600 ext. 8061
International Student Counsellor: 613-520-2600 ext. 6521
A list of CUSA Service Centre locations and times can be found at www.cusaonline.ca
Distress Centre Ottawa: 613-238-3311