Hurricane Dorian tore through the Bahamas earlier this week, leaving a path of destruction in its wake as it headed north. As of Sep. 5, the death toll stands at 20, and among them, Hurricane Dorian has claimed the life of one Canadian woman. Alishia Liolli, originally from LaSalle, Ontario, was in the Bahamas with her family when the hurricane hit.
Liolli worked as an educator at Every Child Counts (ECC), a school for children and adults with special needs in Marsh Harbor Abaco, Bahamas. There, she ran a program called Starfish Enterprises, which helped special needs adults learn valuable life skills, including basic academics and career training. Liolli also coached the Bahamas bocce team for the Special Olympics.
Liolli's partner and children were able to make it out of Dorian's path, but she unfortunately died before rescue arrived, according to CBC News. A GoFundMe page has been set up for Liolli's family to bring her back home to Canada. According to the GoFundMe page, any leftover money will be donated to ECC to help rebuild the school. As of writing, $8500 has been raised.
In a post on the Every Child Counts Dorian Disaster Relief Fund Facebook page, Liolli is referred to as "a gentle sweet compassionate soul who dedicated her life in service of others." There has been an outpouring of grief and sympathy from other Facebook users.
In another post that has since been taken down, family member Aislinn Liolli wrote, "I lost my best friend, my confidante, my rock, my person. Alishia you were a ray of sunshine, always grateful, would give the shirt off your back to anyone."
Hurricane Dorian is expected to hit the east coast of Canada as a downgraded tropical storm. Canada is also donating $500,000 to help with relief efforts in the Bahamas.