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(WOLFVILLE, NOVA SCOTIA – May 31, 2023) — Acadia University has opened its doors to evacuees from the wildfire in Shelburne County. As a precautionary measure, residents and caregivers from Roseway Manor will move into temporary accommodation in Chase Court beginning 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 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 contact Safety and Security at Acadia University, which operates 24/7 by calling 902-585-1103.