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In Memory of Angela Rehhorn


Our hearts are heavy with the devastating news that Angela Rehhorn was on board the Ethiopian Airlines Flight which crashed on Sunday March 10th leaving no survivors.

Angela was working with us to establish a citizen science bat monitoring program as a service project of the Canadian Conservation Corps (through the Canadian Wildlife Federation). In this third phase of the Conservation Corps program, youth take on projects in their home community that will have a lasting and positive impact on the environment. 

Four of Ontario’s eight bat species are listed as a Species at Risk, and The Couchiching Conservancy as yet has no inventory of bats on our Nature Reserves.  

From the moment we met her, we could see Angela was a gifted and committed conservationist who was dedicated to making the world a better place. She set about contacting Canadian bat experts for advice on establishing the program and was looking forward to collaborating with them this spring and summer field season.  

You may have met her at the Annual General Meeting March 2nd, talking up bat monitoring at our Volunteer display.  

We were excited for Angela when she was chosen as a youth delegate to the 4th UN Environment Assembly gathering in Nairobi, Kenya.  She was enroute to Nairobi when the tragic accident occurred.  

Our thoughts go out to all impacted by her death, and our hearts are with Angela’s family and friends.

Angela’s family has requested donations in lieu of flowers, which can be made to The Couchiching Conservancy or the Canadian Wildlife Federation in Angela’s memory.  We will notify the family of your donation.

Angela’s family shared more details of her background with us: 

Angela grew up in Orillia and enjoyed sports. She graduated from Patrick Fogarty Secondary School and was a competitive soccer player with the Orillia Lightning team, as well as a competitive swimmer with the Orillia Channel Cats. She went on to graduate from Dalhousie University in 2017 with a double major in Marine Biology and Sustainability. She worked in a variety of environmental jobs on the west and east coast including Resource Conservation Intern with  Pacific Rim National Park Reserve in B.C. and Aquaculture Research Technician with the Huntsman Marine Science Centre in New Brunswick.

From a young age she was passionate about the environment and marine life. We should all be so fearless and passionate about conservation.


To donate to The Couchiching Conservancy in Angela’s name:

  • Donate online through Canada Helps
  • Give us a call and we can take your information and credit card over the phone: 705-326-1620
  • Download a Donation form and mail to our office (Box 704, Orillia, ON L3V 6K7)

Your support enables The Couchiching Conservancy to protect and care for thousands of acres of environmentally sensitive land in the Lake Couchiching region.

If you have any questions about donating, please give us a call at the office and ask for Tanya Clark or Courtney Baker.