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"The stories we live and tell provide coherence and meaning and orient our sense of purpose" - Sharon Daloz Parks

Welcome to the Stories of Hope, where we share experiences and thoughts surrounding the pandemic, the psychological and emotional stress many of us faced over the past few months, and how we converted it into hope and opportunity for ourselves and those close to us. We highlight the challenges that manifest across different social contexts and the solutions created by local communities to enhance social solidarity. These narratives are motivating and inspirational and are examples of the way to live the new normal. For those still trying to navigate through tough times, this is also a platform to seek advice and connect with the community.

We invite everyone to share your experiences during the pandemic, dreams and hopes for the future, as well as the challenge of decoding the new normal. As we move into the recovery phase, there are many new opportunities waiting for us. Please share how you are seizing these opportunities to grow and change. Your messages or reflections can be in the form of short write-ups of your experiences or longer reflections, in which you tell the story of something special that you have done, experienced, or thought about that you wish to share with others. We will respect your choice if you want to post anonymous content… Come, join the Stories of Hope to take your message to the world.

Stories of Hope

During this time of COVID-19, the meditation itself and the commitment to World Meditation Hour every Sunday has been the foundation of my stability in a time of uncertainty, says Debbie Castle. READ MORE

I recently attended an online Extraordinary Lives series chat with Hon. Brian Mulroney, former Prime Minister and StFX Alumnus, which was very educational and inspiring. Although the discussion focused on the US Presidential election, what I found most interesting were his motivational words about the values of StFX and his work with the StFX community. Mr. Mulroney stressed how lucky we are to attend such an extraordinary university, writes Halle Cordingley.   READ MORE

The pandemic has forced me to reconsider what really matters in my life... We are all living through an unprecedented time in our lives, and we owe it to ourselves to be more forgiving when we are not being as productive as we think we should be, says Jenna MacIntosh. READ MORE

The social and economic costs of sexual violence are enormous and have ripple effects throughout the society. To achieve lasting change, the WHO advocates enacting and enforcing legislation and policies that promote gender equality. Preet Banga highlights "Take Back the Night" movement and its work in different countries to raise awareness about gender violence. READ MORE

"We sisters of St. Martha, inspired by God’s graciousness, hear, embrace and respond to the cry for gospel hospitality." This message and the warm smile of Sister Theresa greets students and staff as they enter the Wellspring Centre located on the second floor of Morrison Hall on the south side of the building at StFX. Stories of Hope talks to Sister Theresa Parker about her experiences and the new normal at the Wellspring Centre. READ MORE

Frequently Asked Questions
Minding the Mind

This section answers some of the frequently answered questions about mental health during these stressful times. We have the answers for you. In case you do not find an answer here, please write to our experts at

Mental Health Resources
Life Line

This section provides details of resources available both online and in antigonish for seeking advice and psychological help.

Mutual Aid Network
Mutual Aid Network

As the university opens in fall, we are here to welcome you and provide any help that you may need settling into your routine. Email, with "Mutual Aid Network" in the subject line for any help.