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January 09, 20 Salam Toronto Weekly English 77 ShayestehMajdnia, a past president of the IranianHeritage Society of Edmonton, said shewas close friends with ShekoufehChoupannejad, a gynecologist who died along with her two daughters Saba Saadat and Sara Saadat. Majdnia said she had spoken to Choupannejad’s husband, who is still in Iran, for confirmation. She said Choupannejad also leaves behind a son who was not on the trip with the family. “She was the kindest person I had ever met,” Majdnia said of Choupannejad. She said Choupannejad was always there for community fundraisers, and often did her best to help take appointments with new immigrants who were overwhelmed and unable to find immediate medical help. Shekoufeh Choupannejad, Saba Saadat and Sara Saadat A look at some of the Canadians who died in Iran plane crash McMaster University released a statement that said it believed 2 of its students, Iman Aghabali (pictured left) and Mehdi Eshaghian, were among the victims. The school said Aghabali and Eshaghian were both PhD students in the faculty of engineering. “McMaster is a tightly knit community and there will be many faculty, staff, colleagues, friends and fellow students who need our support and caring at this tragic time,” said president David Farrar. The McMaster Iranian Student Association also paid tribute to the two. “Mehdi and Iman were two kind souls who always celebrated Iranian traditions with our community,” the association said. “It is devastating for the entire McMaster community to hear the painful passing of young students who left behind their families and motherland in hopes of a better future career.” Iman Aghabali and Mehdi Eshaghian Alina Tarbhai The union representing Ontario’s high school teachers said employee Alina Tarbhai was among those killed. The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation said Tarbhai worked at the union’s provincial office in Toronto, but it offered no other details about what took her to Iran. “She was respected and well-liked by all. Her passing represents a profound loss for all of us who worked with her,” the federation said in a statement posted to Facebook. Amir Shirzadi, a board member with the Manitoba Iranian Student Association, said his good friend Amirhossien Ghasemi was on the plane. Shirzadi said his friend was visiting family in Iran and was on his way back to Winnipeg. Ghasemi was a graduate student in biomedical engineering at the University of Manitoba. “I saw him before he left the country,” said Shirzadi, who added that the two played games together. “I can’t use past tense. I think he’s coming back. We play again. We talk again. It’s too difficult to use past tense, too difficult. No one can believe it.” Amirhossien Ghasemi The University of Guelph identified 2 victims as Ghanimat Azdahri, a PhD student in the department of geography, environment and geomatics, and Milad Ghasemi Ariani, a PhD student in marketing and consumer studies. The school said they were on the way back to Canada from visiting Iran. University president Franco Vaccarino said his thoughts go out to the two students’ families. Ghanimat Azhdari & Milad Ghasemi Ariani

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