On April 18th & 19th the most unimaginable tragedy forever changed the history of rural Nova Scotia. What we thought could never happen here has directly impacted the community of West Colchester as well as Wentworth, Shubenacadie and Enfield.
In the days following, a dedicated group of volunteers came forward to create a powerful channel to focus the love and light of the province and the country to support a space for grief and healing for those families and communities who needed it the most. In this most extraordinary time of global pandemic, it was necessary to find ways to grieve together as a community, without actually being together physically the way we otherwise would.
A Facebook group: Colchester Supporting Our Communities (now almost 80k strong) was created where people from across the country and around the world can share their support for the families and communities hurting the most. The group is filled with beautiful photos, artwork, and messages of love and support shared from coast to coast. The Group has since been renamed Nova Scotia Remembers Legacy Society.
Through this network and with help and support of new found friends we went on to create and produce the Virtual Vigil: Nova Scotia Remembers that was broadcast online and on air across Canada on Friday April 24th. The vigil brought together Nova Scotia talent along with local faith, community, and business leaders in a demonstration of love and solidarity with the families, friends, and neighbors of those lost.
As we moved forward united, the next logical step for us is the creation of The Nova Scotia Remembers Legacy Society. Our organization strives to provide continued support to the families and the communities affected by these events over the long-term.
As a grassroots non-profit organization, we are supporting our communities to regain their unique rural identities and champion the resiliency we have demonstrated over these past months towards the best possible outcomes for the families and for us all. Together we can pave a path towards a better future by being there for one another in any way that we can.