Statement from the President

- University of Victoria

As you return to campus this morning, I know many of you share my sense of sorrow following the devastating accident Friday night in which two UVic students were killed and several others were injured.

The loss of members of our campus community in any circumstances is distressing. These bright young people were united in their desire to experience the research and learning possibilities on Vancouver Island’s west coast. My heartfelt condolences go out to them and their loved ones.

University staff from several departments worked long hours throughout the weekend to meet with the students and their families and to provide for their immediate and ongoing needs.

For our wider campus community, MultiFaith Services is providing a space today and throughout the week for people to have quiet reflection. Everyone is welcome. Information is available in the most recent campus update about the accident.

For those of you who continue to support each other at this difficult time, we offer our appreciation and we are thankful for the outpouring of condolences and support from across the country.

Jamie Cassels
University of Victoria