Campus Update | May 31, 2023 | View as Webpage

Dear Acadia community, 

I am writing to express my gratitude for your kindness and generosity during these trying times. Yesterday, our campus began welcoming nursing home evacuees from the Shelburne wildfire, with more expected to arrive today. It is a testament to the caring and supportive nature of our campus community to see such a rapid and comprehensive ability to help. 

It warms my heart to see so many of you stepping up to help those in need. Your efforts are making a real difference in the lives of our fellow Nova Scotians, and for that, I am truly grateful. 

As we continue to keep those affected by the wildfires in our thoughts, let us also remember the power of community and the good that can be accomplished when we come together. You can read more details in the news item following my note.  


Thank you for being a shining example of compassion and kindness. 




Dr. Peter Ricketts

President and Vice-Chancellor

Shelburne nursing home residents evacuated to Acadia for safety reasons

Acadia University has opened its doors to evacuees from the wildfire in Shelburne County. As a precautionary measure, residents and caregivers from Roseway Manor began moving into temporary accommodation in Chase Court on the Wolfville, Nova Scotia, campus on May 30.

“True to our values, Acadia is stepping up to help others and provide access to our residences for nursing homes in need of evacuation during this emergency caused by the wildfires in our province,” says Dr. Peter Ricketts, Acadia’s President and Vice-Chancellor. “I am so proud that Acadia’s staff immediately jumped into action as we started to receive calls for help.”

Acadia recognizes that this situation can be disruptive for all involved, he adds, extending his appreciation to the Events, Security, Physical Plant, Technology Services, and Dining Hall staff for working closely with the Roseway team to ensure that Acadia can meet their needs.

“The compassion for these residents is evident in every measure considered by those coordinating the evacuation and relocation to Acadia,” says Patrick Difford, Acadia’s Director of Safety and Security. “We are impressed by how carefully the Macleod Group’s Roseway Manor team is executing their evacuation plan, and we are pleased to support their needs at such a challenging time.”

Approximately 66 nursing home residents and 40 caregivers began arriving on campus on May 30, and the Roseway Manor team is working on setting up equipment and settling the residents into their temporary accommodations on the Wolfville campus. Additional rooms are being prepared for additional long-term care facilities if the need arises.

“We sincerely appreciate the positive and professional response from the people at Acadia,” says Ramsay Duff, CEO of MacLeod Group, which operates Roseway Manor. “Through careful planning and support, we have the opportunity to relocate our residents as seamlessly as possible despite the challenging impacts of the wildfires in Nova Scotia.”

The temporary location will act as a satellite of Roseway Manor, and its team will provide visitation details to family members once they are prepared to welcome visitors to the Wolfville campus. Information for Roseway Manor will be updated on its website and social media channels.

For any questions related to campus operations, please get in touch with Safety and Security at Acadia University, which operates 24/7 by calling 902-585-1103.


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Stay safe and take care

Acadia University continues to monitor the wildfire situation with concern and is committed to supporting those in need during this emergency.  


Students and employees who have been impacted can receive emotional support and access community resources through Lifeworks. Please call 1-844-751-2133 or visit the Lifeworks website.  


For any safety concerns related to the campus, please get in touch with Acadia Safety and Security at 902-585-1103. The department is staffed 24/7. 


This is a volatile situation. For the latest updates and evacuation details, please refer to the following resources:  


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