B.C. man among victims in fatal Ethiopian Airlines plane crash


18 Canadians are among the 157 victims in this weekend’s fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash.

Now we are learning that one of those Canadians is B.C. resident Micah Messent.

Micah Messent

Messent was an environmentalist from Courtenay, B.C. who expressed his joy on social media at being able to attend the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi.

In an Instagram post, he said he had been selected by the United Nations Association of Canada to attend the assembly and was travelling to Kenya on Sunday where he would “have the chance to meet with other passionate youth and leaders from around the world and explore how we can tackle the biggest challenges that are facing our generation.”

“I’m so grateful for this opportunity and want to thank all of the people in my life who have helped me get this far.”

Friends of Messent are posting their remembrances of him on Facebook and his death was reported by media outlets based on information from the B.C. government and members of his family.

Monica Phung said she was in a program with Messent called Ocean Bridge, a conservation program operated through Canada Service Corps and Ocean Wise.

“Micah is one of the most energetic, enthusiastic, smartest, driven. He is so accomplished.”

Jasveen Brar said she was a member of the 2018 Ocean Wise group with Messent.

“Micah is someone who also touched everyone around him, a true leader,” she said.

“With my time with Micah, I learned a lot, skills such as chopping wood and the unique botany of the B.C. forests but also about life and his visions and ambitions.”

Other victims in the deadly crash hailing from Canada include a family of six from Ontario, Carleton University professor Pius Adesanmi, chairman of the International Family Forestry Alliance Peter deMarsh of New Brunswick, Amina Ibrahim Odowaa and her 5-year-old daughter Sofia Faisal Abdulkadir of Edmonton, City of Calgary employee Derick Lwugi, student Danielle Moore of Winnipeg, and public relations officer for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Jessica Hyba of Ottawa.

– With files from Vancouver is Awesome