PRESS RELEASE (May 11, 2021) – The Bahamas Crisis Centre is deeply saddened over the loss of its Deputy Director Donna Nicolls who passed away Monday, May 10, 2021 at the age of 67.
“We are devastated over the loss of our right hand, Mrs. Donna Nicolls,” said Director Dr Sandra Dean-Patterson in a statement released Tuesday, May 11.
“Not only was she our Deputy Director and director of all of our training needs, but a dedicated and committed Human Rights defender and outstanding counselor who, for many years voluntarily counseled survivors of violence on a pro-bono basis,” Dr Patterson said. “She also had a 50-year career in teaching, counseling and selfless service to others.”
Dr Patterson described “Donna” as passionate, warm and caring, but also fearless, known for her frankness and unflinching advocacy for the rights of women and children.
“Donna was an amazing human being who gave so much of herself. She will be sorely missed not only by the many volunteers of The Bahamas Crisis Centre but by the country at large and by extension, the Caribbean region,” said Dr Patterson.
Donna Nicolls recently relocated to her native birthplace of Kingston, Jamaica where she died at home in the arms of loved ones after a valiant battle with stomach cancer.
Her parting message was to reassure family and friends that she loved, laughed and lived to the fullest, and to encourage everyone to never delay living.
Donna Nicolls is the mother of Bahamian journalist, human rights advocate and entrepreneur Noelle Nicolls.
She is also survived by her husband Teran Nicolls, son, Rande Nicolls and Khalila Duncombe, and a host of other relatives and friends across the world.
RELEASE: The Bahamas Crisis Centre