CBU Mourns a Great Loss

To the CBU community,

It is with great sadness that I share with you the news of the passing of one of our Spring 2021 graduates, Dijith Jose. I personally spoke with Dijith’s family yesterday, Monday, August 2, and even in their grief they graciously extend their sincere thanks for the outpouring of love and support from the Cape Breton community. At times like this, it is important to know you are not alone. This is a time of great sorrow for the entire University community. As we grieve together, please know that there are a variety of services available to students, faculty and staff.

For employees:

The Employee Family Assistance Program (EFAP) can be accessed online at www.workhealthlife.com, by calling 1-844-880-9142 or by downloading the My EAP app directly to your smartphone.

For students:

A counsellor will be available today, Tuesday, August 3, from 3pm-6pm for in-person walk-in sessions, telephone sessions and appointments at the Max Bell Health and Counselling Centre. Students are welcome to come alone or with a small group of friends.

As always for additional assistance, students can reach out to the Max Bell Health and Counselling Centre by phone or email during regular business hours by calling 902-563-1359 or emailing healthservices@cbu.ca.

Additional resources are also available online at:

  • Good2Talk – 1-888-292-3698 – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week service for students
  • For international students, CBU has partnered with Guard.Me to offer emergency health services and 24/7 mental health services through keep.me.SAFE
  • Nova Scotia Mental Health Crisis Line – 1-888-429-8167 – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week service

While we respect the family’s privacy at this time, we ask that you keep Dijith’s family and friends in mind in your communications and social media interactions. When the time is appropriate, we do have the family’s blessing to hold a celebration of life to honour Dijith. More details will be provided in the near future.

Please join me in extending sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dijith.

Yours very truly,

David C. Dingwall

President & Vice-Chancellor