Manulife will contribute $100,000 to support the health and well-being of Nova Scotia communities that were affected by the mass shooting events that occurred on April 18 and 19.
On those dates, Gabriel Wortman went on a mass shooting spree which spanned 13 hours by impersonating a police officer. He took the lives of 22 people and injured three others before he was finally taken down by the RCMP.
To help communities that suffered from this tragic attack, Manulife will donate one half of the $100,000 contribution to the Canadian Red Cross and the organization’s Stronger Together Nova Scotia Fund. This fund is aimed at meeting both the immediate and long-term needs of families and communities devastated by the shooting event.
Manulife is a member of the Canadian Red Cross Disaster Response Alliance.
The other $50,000 Manulife pledged will be given to the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, to help provide access to programs during isolation measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As proud, long-standing members of the Nova Scotia community, we want to demonstrate that Manulife stands with the people of Nova Scotia in these difficult times and is providing funds and support where it’s needed most,” said Manulife Canada president & CEO Mike Doughty.
“The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is incredibly grateful to our friends at Manulife for this generous gift,” commented Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia president & CEO Starr Cunningham.
Cunningham added that the foundation is very familiar with Manulife’s NS office, having worked together on several education and awareness projects over the years.
“This national support for Nova Scotians living with mental illness and addiction will go a long way toward changing the way people think, particularly during these trying and heartbreaking times,” the foundation president said.