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The mood on the picket line at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouer has been sombre after CUPE members learned that a dear colleague, Larisa Fayed, was one of the 88 people who died in the plane that crashed last week in Phuket, Thailand. Thirty-one-year-old Larisa was described by a colleague as “beautiful, talented and brilliant.”

She worked for the last nine years under Jeremy Baxter, the Roundhouse technical director, as a general technician and lighting designer for big events, rentals and shows. Larisa was also a Park Board auxiliary employee filling in as a program assistant II (building supervisor). Her death is an enormous loss to the Roundhouse staff and to the city/park board organization.

Her co-workers will remember her as “a vibrant personality, knowledgeable in many things and an expert in her area as a lighting designer.” Staff are planning to hold a memorial service for Larisa. A date has not yet been set.