Warden Gillis' statement

A special council meeting was held April 22, 2020 where Warden Gillis provided a statement regarding the tragedy which occurred in Nova Scotia on April 18th and 19th, 2020, which was followed by a moment of silence for the victims.

Click 'read more' below  for the Warden's statement. 

Important phone numbers for all residents in this time of grief:

  • Mental Health Support 1 888 429 8167
  • Kids Help Line 1 800 668 6868
  • Morneau Shepell 1 844 751 2133


The events of April 18th and 19th have forever changed our municipality, our neighbouring municipalities, our province and our country. The senseless act of one man has cost us 22 lives. These individuals were vibrant family, friends and neighbours who were all a part of the very fabric of their communities.

Barb Palmer, Councillor of District 6 and I have collaborated, and we would like to share a few words.

We want to send our condolences to the family and friends of the victims, not only in Wentworth, but to all who have been affected by this tragedy. Our hearts go out to everyone during this time of sadness, sorrow and grief as our community mourns this tremendous loss. The residents of this community have really come together as best they can during this time of isolation to support the families who have lost loved ones. We need to send a heartfelt thanks to the first responders who have been at the forefront of this devastation and to everyone who, through kindness, provided food and beverages for them while they worked through this trying time. As we begin the healing process, we need to remember that help is available for everyone and that we are not alone.

I ask you now to join me in a moment of silence for each of the victims who have been taken from us too soon.

*moment of silence*


It is often said during tragedies like this that words cannot express our grief. Now, in the middle of a pandemic where we are unable to mourn face to face, words have become so incredibly important. I encourage everyone to tell your family and friends what they mean to you. To talk to each other, especially talk with those who mourn. Sing a song or write a poem to express what you are feeling. On the Municipality of Cumberland website, you can find phone numbers for organizations who can help you work through this tragic experience. Together, we will be Nova Scotia Strong.