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April 24, 2020

Dear Friends,

It has been a time of heartbreak so we are reaching out to connect.

We want to extend our love, prayers, and deepest condolences to the family members, friends & colleagues of those whose lives were taken too soon. Many of us are still reeling with the loss of Lisa McCully, daughter of Emily Kierstead, a long-time friend of Tatamagouche Centre. Emily’s partner, Don Murray, was a former Director at the Centre. We also are holding Heidi Stevenson’s father, David Burkholder, and his family in our thoughts and prayers. David is a Sustainable Northern Nova Scotia (SuNNS) member and leads a local Buddhist-Christian meditation group.

We also wanted to connect because much has changed since we last communicated. The Centre is still closed to the public. Programs and events have been postponed until the end of June, but we will revisit in early May when we know more where we are “on the curve.” We have a small team of staff continuing to work, exploring creative ways to live out our values and keep operational embers alive in the interim. Rest assured, the Centre is in a secure place to financially and organizationally weather this storm.

Photo: Staff members Megan and Lacey honour all those who lost their lives on April 18/19, 2020.


Meanwhile, Megan Miller, our Food Service Manager, had the lovely idea to make a big seafood chowder to thank those working in Tatamagouche essential services for all of us. Megan, Amber, and Wanda offered more than 50 bowls of chowder with homemade tea biscuits yesterday.

We will be following up shortly to introduce our new Executive Director and our Indigenous and Youth Coordinator. This week we wanted to honour the families and our essential workers.

You are all in our hearts,

The Tatamagouche Centre