Why we need Threads of Life

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If today is an average working day in Canada, then
three people will die on the job.

These people leave behind families, friends and co-workers devastated by this tragic loss.

One workplace tragedy is one too many. Thousands of Canadians have been woven together by a workplace tragedy in need of grief counseling; crisis intervention support; healthy coping skills; workplace investigations and inquiries support; financial compensation; community building and a voice to help prevent other Canadian families from experiencing the same pain and suffering.

Threads of Life was the first organization in the world to offer a peer support program to family members who are living in the aftermath of a workplace tragedy. Peer support is provided by
trained  volunteers (Volunteer Family Guides) who have also experienced their own workplace tragedy.


Our Mission

Our mission is to help families heal through a community of support and to promote the elimination of life-altering workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths.


Our Vision

Threads of Life will lead and inspire a culture shift as a result of which work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths are morally, socially and economically unacceptable.


Why do we need Threads of Life?

Shirley Hickman- A Mother’s Story (external link)

Threads of Life’s Executive Director, Shirley Hickman shares her personal story of how losing her son in a workplace tragedy affected her life and inspired her to create the Threads of Life organization, which supports workers and their families who are affected by
life-altering workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths. (9 min 23 sec)

The podcast “Shirley Hickman – A Mother’s Story” was conducted and produced by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).


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