Mr. Speaker, on January 8, travelling back to Canada after spending time with her family in Iran, Maya Zibaie tragically died, along with 175 others, when flight PS752 was shot down out of the skies over Tehran.
Maya was a grade 10 student at Northern Secondary School in Don Valley West.
Maya was brilliant, ambitious and always ready to help her friends.
She was an eager learner who quickly moved from ESL classes to grade 10 English, while helping her friends with their academic work.
Maya was looking forward to going to university in a few years and often discussed her future with everyone. Her teachers and friends described her as a kind, happy and caring person who always had a smile on her face.
Don Valley West and Northern Secondary School have lost a wonderful neighbour, friend and student. This tragedy has gripped all of us in our entire country.
Our thoughts are with Maya, her family and friends, and Northern Secondary School. She will be greatly missed.