CORNWALL – Grief counsellors are being made available to students, staff and families at a French Catholic elementary school in Cornwall after the death of one of their teachers.
Adriana Chretien-Lewis – a third grade teacher at Marie-Tanguay school – died Monday in a head-on crash on Highway 138, north of Cornwall.
Flags were at half staff Tuesday outside the school at 1500 Holy Cross Boulevard.
In a letter to parents and staff, shared with Cornwall Newswatch, Principal Celine Castonguay says the school community and the school board offer their sincere condolences to the family and loved ones.
The French Catholic school board (CSDCEO) has deployed a team to offer help and psychological support to students and staff.
Castonguay also encourages parents to have an open discussion with their children about their concerns.
For family support, the board is offering the following resources:
- The Equipe Psychosociale team at 613-938-7112 (https://equipepsychosociale.com/)
- Children’s Mental Health Services at the Cornwall Community Hospital 613-361-6363 or toll free 1-844-361-6363 (https://www.cornwallhospital.ca/fr/SanteMentale)
- The Crisis Line for those under 16 years of age 1-877-377-7775
- The Crisis Line for those 16 years of age or older 1-866-996-0991
Chretien-Lewis from Embrun was 27 years old.