Former Truro teacher killed in Virginia Tech massacre

Monique Chiasson
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TRURO - Sadness, shock and stunned silence. Thats how people felt when they learned that a former colleague was murdered in Mondays shooting rampage at Virginia Tech.

Jocelyne Couture-Nowaks life was cut short when the massacre at the U.S. college took place. Jocelyne was formerly a resident of East Mountain.

TRURO - Sadness, shock and stunned silence. Thats how people felt when they learned that a former colleague was murdered in Mondays shooting rampage at Virginia Tech.

Jocelyne Couture-Nowaks life was cut short when the massacre at the U.S. college took place. Jocelyne was formerly a resident of East Mountain.

We are absolutely stunned. Its a tragedy to everybody who knew her ... to realize we will never see her again is devastating, said Debbie Connolly, student services co-ordinator at the Institute for Human Services Education.

Jocelyne taught French, programming and language development for a number of years at the institute. She had also taught French part time at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Bible Hill.

We are saddened. Its a great loss to the education community as a whole. She was born to be an instructor, said Connolly.

Anna MacDonell, program director at the institute, received the news at work yesterday morning.

We certainly did not expect this to hit so close to home. She was so full of life, said MacDonell, between tears. She said Jocelyne went to Virginia with her husband, Jerzy Nowak, to teach French.

She was so concerned about guns there in Virginia. They were so prevalent there ... (and) she was anti-gun.

Dr. Bernie MacDonald, vice-president of administration at the NSAC, said the college learned of the shocking news yesterday after Jerzy notified the NSAC. Jerzy was a professor there for a number of years, and is now a professor at Virginia Tech.

Its incomprehensible. Theres still a feeling of disbelief, said MacDonald.

He said although examinations are continuing as scheduled at the college, counsellors are available. The flag has been lowered to half mast as well.

Three students from the NSAC are studying at the U.S. college as part of an exchange program, but were unharmed.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Agricultural College, U.S. college, Virginia Tech Human Services Education

Geographic location: East Mountain, Bible Hill

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