March 12th Nepean Fire

On March 12th, tragedy struck a housing complex in Nepean. A four alarm fire displaced at least 70 people on a day the windchill reached -37 degrees Celsius.

CBC has a report here.

One of my classmates had her home destroyed in this fire, and all her belongings were lost. She is the mother of two boys, ages 5 and 3. She and her husband had moved from Lebanon, so she could get her Ontario teacher’s certification at uOttawa.

She has been a very dear friend to me throughout these past two years at uOttawa. We’ve both looked out for each other as relative newcomers to Ottawa (she arrived to Canada from Beirut, and I from Gangneung). We are at wildly polar opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to personalities, but we’ve managed to grow quite close. One week ago, today, I was over at her place having dinner and chatting. It’s all a bit surreal that something like this has happened. Some other classmates were at my place when the fire broke out, working on a group presentation. She messaged me when she ran from her place, and when I relayed the news to the others, our stomachs dropped. As updates poured in, a very glum mood settled in.

The day after, CTV Ottawa interviewed her and her family:

They also had an extended interview with Maya.

As you can see, they lost everything. Maya was quite proud of her Canadian home. She had really made it hers, and it was so welcoming and brimming with love. She was always inviting people into it, and having them sit down for dinner, even if they hadn’t planned on it. That’s the kind of person she is. Always looking out for others.

Our fellow classmates have rallied around her, so we can get Maya and her family back on their feet. We began a trust fund for her, so 100% of the funds donated go to her. If you can help, please do so. You can donate by e-Transfer (a simple process you can do through online banking). If you want to donate cash or a cheque, you can visit any Scotiabank branch location.

*e-Transfer:
email: nlubu101@uottawa.ca
question: who is this for?
answer: Maya

*Go to any Scotiabank with cash or a cheque:
Account number: 50476 11107 21
Account Name: ITF Maya Akra (In Trust For)

Right now they are looking for a place to rent. Once that is settled, the class will help them move in, and we have a whole list of things ready to donate. They are simultaneously going through the insurance claim process. So donations are very much appreciated.

Thank you!

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