A Collingwood woman has died while on a volunteer mission in the east African country of Tanzania.

Forty-one-year-old Susan Wells was pronounced dead on Wednesday.  The circumstances of her death are still unknown, as authorities in Tanzania continue to investigate.

Family spokesperson, Jennifer Forman, sent CityNews the following statement: “Susan was an extraordinarily compassionate person with a generous heart — she dedicated every aspect of her life to helping those in need.

“Her family is grieving this devastating loss and asks that their privacy be respected during this difficult time.”