An Orillia woman has been identified as one of the 157 people who died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10.
Angela Rehhorn of Orillia was a recent graduate of Dalhousie University and a member of the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s (CWF) Conservation Corps. She died in the plane crash along with 18 other Canadians. At the time of her death, she was going to Nairobi to participate in the United Nations Environmental Assembly, representing the Canada Service Corps Program in the United Nations Association of Canada’s delegation.
“Angela shared the excitement and optimism of volunteering and working to improve our world,” said Rick Bates, CEO of CWF, in a statement on March 11. “Her life is an inspiration to us all.”
The Orillia and Halifax communities mourned Rehhorn, posting condolences and mournful messages on social media. Those who knew her wrote about memories of sports teams and school days, while many also highlighted her conservation efforts. She was developing a citizen science project on bat conservation and was especially interested in the marine environment.
“These bright, young Canadians were an inspiration: compassionate leaders, dedicated to the conviction that they could build a better future for our country,” said Patty Hajdu, minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, in a statement about Rehhorn and other victims on March 11. “It is a tragic and profound loss for their family, friends and Canada. My sincere and deepest sympathies to their loved ones during this difficult time.”
The plane was a Boeing 737 that left from Addis Ababa and went down within minutes of take-off. The crash killed 157 people, including seven crew members, a security official and passengers from 35 countries. The cause of the crash is under investigation.