Nova Scotia shootings: Statement from Colleen Coffey, PSAC Atlantic Executive Vice President

Following the unprecedented tragedy that took place in Nova Scotia over the weekend, words cannot describe what many in Nova Scotia and across Canada are feeling.

Our hearts go out to the families of the victims, first responders and law enforcement personnel, as well as all the residents of the affected communities. Your shock and pain are shared by many.

As a union with thousands of members employed as front-line officers in law enforcement, our hearts go to the entire community as you deal with the shock and pain of this weekends’ horrific violence.

We are all affected differently by this horrible event, but one thing remains the same: we need the comfort and support of one another. It’s in trying times like these that we need the support of our friends, families and communities.

I recognize that it is more challenging to comfort one another under the physical distancing measures needed to continue fighting COVID-19, but help is still available. For PSAC members, I urge you to reach out to your Employee Assistance Program (EAP). There are also other resources available to all such as:

You are not alone.

We will get through this together.

With warmth and solidarity,


Colleen Coffey
Regional Executive Vice-President