Home devastated Dominica Post Maria

My name is Marlene Shillingford from Newmarket Ontario. I am raising funds for my Mom and Dad, Rosemary and Howard Shillingford who had to be evacuated out of Dominica to safety. They are victims of Hurricane Maria that tore straight through Dominica as a CAT 5 Hurricane, the worst hurricane ever recorded.

This is Giraudel, Dominica BEFORE Hurricane Maria

This is Giraudel, Dominica AFTER Hurricane Maria


I am trying to raise funds to help them rebuild their home that was severely devastated by the hurricane and tore the roof off and left severe water damage. All funds raised on their behalf will be transferred directly to them. Once they are able to return, they will start rebuilding.


At 8:58 on Monday, 18 Sep, all hell broke loose. "Never had we ever imagined that our lives would change forever." My mother Rosemary Shillingford says days after the shock. The eye of hurricane Maria struck our Nature Island of Dominica and changed her forever.

The hurricane struck in Grand Bay, the south of Dominica and tore through the centre of the country exiting on the north end. When it came over Morne Anglais, the mountain my parents live on, it was like the devil himself rolling down towards the house full force.  

It was the most horrifying experience for my parents, Rosemary and Howard, who are retired and currently in their sevenities. They endured over 9 hours of pure hell from Maria.

Huddled in the bathroom for 4 hours after my Dad held the doors closed with all his might while my mother scrambled to grab the cat, the cat food, their cloths and their documents. No one was prepared for this. It was too late  to bring the dog inside. It came with a rage. Zee was ok though in his hurricane proof dog house. 
 A CAT 5 hurricane with max sustained winds of 160 mph, 260 km/h. "We sat terrified as the hurricane ripped through our home, peeled off the roof and dumped massive amounts of water inside. The house was flooding. We thought we would die." 

Their bedroom is now a sun room. It was their safe area but the devil was knocking on their bedroom door that night. Moments after my Dad let go and they scrambled to their bathroom, their bedroom doors were sucked right out of the bedroom and one of the solid wood doors completely snapped in half!



"There is nothing like the power of prayer, it's the only thing that got us through that horrific ordeal " my mom said.

My father's country was completely and utterly devastated and their home is severely damaged due to the roof being torn off and severe water damage inside the house. The water was gushing in during the hurricane.

The lush trees that once surrounded the house, the ones that covered the island are simply sticks with the bark ripped off. To go through such a traumatic event and to lose your home in the process is infallible and incomprehensible. "It's like you are in a movie, a bad one" says my Dad, Howard. 

The mental and physical torture they endured was very hard on them. My parent's home is severely damaged and they are retired.



Your donations will not only enable them to rebuild their home and allow them to return to their country but a portion of the donations will also benefit my Dad's village of Giraudel to help their community rebuild. 

It will be a long road to Dominica's recovery, it will be years but we will rebuild.

Thanks for everyone's prayers and words of support, it really helped my brother, sister and sister in law and I to get through this nightmare. They are safe now. 

Much love to you all. God bless.

Marlene, Michele, and Jason, children to Hurricane Maria victims, Howard and Rosemary Shillingford


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Organizer and beneficiary

Marlene Shillingford 
Eastern Passage, NS
Rosemary and Howard Shillingford 
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