REGINA – Five people killed in a devastating crash north of Regina are being mourned across the prairies.
Many of those killed were active members of the arts community, not only in the Queen City, but across Saskatchewan and even Alberta.
Janine Windolph said she is shocked over the loss of two friends and her mentors.
“It’s like losing a sister, two sisters at once,” she said.
Michele Sereda and Lacy Morin-Desjarlaid were among the five people killed in the three car crash on Highway 6, Tuesday.
“The accident is shocking. It almost seems unreal,” she explained. “But what they’ve done is touch many people and myself as well.”
Sereda was a respected member of the arts community, with her hand in several ongoing projects.
The 49-year-old founded an experimental theatre company known as ‘Curtain Razors Theatre’, and was also an alumna at the University of Regina.
Morin-Desjarlais was also active in the arts as a dancer and performer.
The 29-year-old taught a Pow Wow class for the university.
Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Rae Staseson, said the pair will be greatly missed.
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“Both Lacy and Michele were fantastic role models for our students, and were dedicated to working with the First Nations communities,” she told reporters Wednesday. “They were two of our brightest stars.”
The pair was travelling in a vehicle with 58-year-old Michael Green and 60-year-old Narcisse Blood, who were also killed in the crash.
Green was considered a cultural force in Calgary, and the founder of a popular theatre company in the city.
Blood was from Cardston, Alberta and remembered for his contributions as a former teacher at the University of Lethbridge.
The fifth victim of the crash was identified by RCMP as Morley Hartenberger from Cupar, Saskatchewan.
Residents said the 59-year-old had recently moved to the area and they were saddened to learn of his death.
Two other people travelling in the third vehicle in the crash were taken to hospital Tuesday. RCMP said the woman remains in care, but the man has since been released.