The Ethiopian Airlines crash in Addis Ababa killed all 157 people on board. Among the victims were 18 Canadians.
Details are emerging on the 18 Canadian victims of an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash in Addis Ababa that left 157 people dead. Pictured here are just a sampling of the Canadian lives cut short by the tragic events, including a family from Hamilton and a Hagersville woman.
Ameen Noormohamed: A Toronto Muslim organization identified the 72-year-old member of their community as a victim of Sunday’s plane crash in Ethiopia. The Ismaili Centre said Noormohamed lived in the Toronto area.
"We understand that members of the deceased’s family have made their way to Kenya and are in the midst of making arrangements," the centre said in a statement.
Dawn Tanner: Tanner, an Ontario high school teacher with a passion for volunteering, was on her way to visit friends in Kenya. Cody French said his mother, who worked with the Grand Erie District School Board, had done community work in small villages to help "homeless and vulnerable children."
"Mom, I can’t begin to explain how much I miss you and how different life will be without your beautiful laugh and your tight hugs," French wrote in a Facebook post, penned on behalf of his brother. "I just want you to know that both Hunter and I are so proud of you, for helping out the vulnerable and for pursuing your dreams."
The school board said Tanner worked as the department head of special education at the Hagersville Secondary School near Hamilton.
It said she also volunteered a couple of nights a week at a homework support centre for Indigenous students and had taught at a school in an Indigenous community before joining the Grand Erie board.
Rubi Pauls: Nine-month-old Rubi was travelling to Kenya to meet her grandfather for the first time. Her 34-year-old mother, seven-year-old brother, four-year-old sister and 60-year-old grandmother were on the flight with her. Rubi was the only Canadian citizen in the family.
Her grandfather, Quindos Karanja, said the family was on its way to Kenya from Ontario to visit him for Easter.
He said his daughter, Carolyne Karanja, had been excited to go back home but had said she had a "bad feeling" before the trip. YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN…
"It’s just hard to accept that this has happened," he said in a telephone interview from Kenya. "I feel so much loss. And pain. I’m lonely."
Ashka Dixit, Anushka Dixit, Prerit Dixit, Kosha Vaidya: The family of six from Brampton, Ont., was planning to visit Kosha’s birthplace in Kenya, said her brother, Manant Vaidya. He said his 37-year-old sister hadn’t visited Kenya for decades. Her daughters, 14-year-old Ashka and 13-year-old Anushka, were looking forward to going on a safari, he said.
The other family members on the trip were 45-year-old father Prerit Dixit, 71-year-old grandfather Pannagesh Vaidya and 63-year-old grandmother Hansini Vaidya.
Kosha moved to Ontario in 2004 after marrying her husband, who already lived in Canada.
The girls were strong students and enrolled in specialized science and technology courses, Manant said. Ashka was also known for her singing voice, while Anushka was talented in dance and was learning a traditional Indian form called khattak.Prerit worked as a medical lab assistant for LifeLabs and also held a job at Ontario’s Ministry of Health. Kosha used to work for the Canadian Hearing Society, said Manant. Pius Adesanmi: Adesanmi was a Nigerian-born professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa.He was a "towering figure in African and postcolonial scholarship," said the school’s president, […]
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