The bus crash that took the lives of 16 Canadians on April 6, leaves a nation in mourning. In the aftermath of such a tragedy, my heart goes out to the families and friends of the victims as they navigate the unimaginable. My heart goes out to the billet families and the citizens of Humboldt as they deal with the aftermath of such tragic events. And my heart goes out to the Broncos hockey organization and the greater hockey community as they process this tremendous loss.
When we lose so many in such a sudden and catastrophic way it has a ripple effect, causing repercussions and impact far beyond what one might initially expect. This tragedy was one that broke the heart of a nation and was felt by millions of parents, hockey lovers, and Canadian citizens from coast to coast and beyond. In the wake of such tragedy, it is hard to predict what may hit home with each of us or resonate most, in relation to such a tragic story.
As a teacher, I can’t help but think about how many times I have traveled on a bus with students over the past twenty years and imagine the “what ifs”. And as a teacher, I can’t help but think about losing some of my own students and how heartbreaking that would be. As teachers, our students are part of our lives day in and day out. We often spend hours a day with them and depending on context sometimes we even know them for years. In turn, we share our lives with them and we let them into our hearts. We become a community; a family of sorts. We get to know them and we come to care about them in a special way that stays with us. Teaching is a profession of the heart.
So today my heart also goes out to the many teachers that have been impacted by this tragedy; the teachers and support staff who have worked with the 16 people we lost over the years and the teachers in Horizon School Division in Saskatchewan. My thoughts are also with the many, many students that have sat beside those lost in classrooms over the years and been a part of their “educational families”.
As those affected most by the events of April 6, 2018 continue to pick up the pieces and mourn this tremendous loss, please know that you have the support of a nation behind you. We are all #humboldtstrong.