Timmins couple, Sue Drummond and Steve Eley, die while on vacation in Mexico

An emergency response team will be at a high school near Timmins, Ont., on Monday to help students and staff cope with the death of a guidance counsellor and a former teacher who were on holiday in Mexico, a Northern Ontario school board representative says.

Mexican media report says they drowned outside resort in Tulum, Mexico

A Mexican news report says Susan Drummond and Steve Eley, both from Canada, entered the sea outside the hotel where they were staying. (TomasIlheu/Google)

A couple from Timmins, Ont. has died while on vacation in Mexico.

The vice-chair of the board of trustees for District School Board Ontario North East confirmed Sue Drummond and Steve Eley died this week.

Bob Brush said Drummond was a guidance counsellor at Roland Michener Secondary School in South Porcupine and Eley was a retired teacher who taught at the same school. 

"I just remember all the hard work she [Drummond] did with student council, whether it was in fundraising, or planning fashion shows, or planning all of the graduations for many years. She was just always bubbly, and friendly and such a kind lady," Brush said. 

"Steve [Eley] was very much the same," he said. "Learning was meant to be enjoyable and fun and that's exactly what he brought to the classroom. He certainly had high standards but he made it enjoyable as well."

Brush said an emergency response team will be at the school on Monday to assist staff and students returning from March Break to cope with the tragedy. 

"We will do our best to get through this and help anyone who needs help," he said. 

The Riviera Maya News reported Friday that the couple drowned in the ocean outside the Grand Bahia Principe resort in Tulum, Mexico, where they were staying. 

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