Our Blog: Volunteers

Bruce and Wendy-Ellen Nittel

“On July 2, 2012, my husband, Bruce and I joined an exclusive group. I hope others don’t join this club as the cost of membership is too great” After their son Blaine died in a pump truck rollover, Wendy-Ellen and … Continue reading

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A friend along the way: being a Volunteer Family Guide

(Posted on January 10, 2017) When you’re on a difficult journey, having a companion beside you makes the path seem a little smoother. That’s the role of Threads of Life’s volunteer family guides. Hundreds of people have experienced the healing … Continue reading

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Volunteer profile: Trish Penny

(Posted on December 27, 2016) There is a wonderful quotation that says: “Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time, they just have the heart”. At Threads of Life, we certainly know this to be true. Threads of Life exists today because … Continue reading

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Volunteer Profile: Mike and Laurie Durant

(Posted on September 20, 2016) I have many favourite moments at the family forums. Especially dear to my heart is watching the new families, from their arrival on Friday nervous and unsure of what to expect, through to leaving on … Continue reading

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Health and safety speakers: “Anywhere you need me”

(Posted on August 30, 2016) “Anywhere you need me” – that’s the most frequent response when we ask Threads of Life’s new speaker trainees where they’re willing to go to share their story. Sure, our volunteer speakers have to take … Continue reading

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Shelley Rowan, an integral part of Threads of Life’s growth over the past 10 years

Shelley Rowan was one of the first members of the Threads of Life board of directors. After nearly ten years of service Shelley has decided it’s time to retire from the board. Shelley’s contributions will be missed, but she will … Continue reading

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Why I tell my story

I chose to become a speaker with Threads of Life so that I may tell of the workplace incident that happened with our son Luke, May 19, 2010. I do not want any other family to have to go through the heartache and destruction that our family has had to endure. Continue reading

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For all the lives you’ve changed: thank you!

One of the great joys at Threads of Life is the day when we receive an email, or a letter, or a phone call, from someone talking about how much the organization has helped them. We cherish these messages – … Continue reading

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Volunteer Profile: Lynda Kolly

(posted March 8, 2016) For Lynda Kolly, being involved in Threads of Life is all about connecting with others. The organization didn’t yet exist when her son Burton died on his first day working on a commercial fishing boat on Lake … Continue reading

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Researching my ancestors: How genealogy research helped me in the path of grief

“Why would anyone try to find their long lost relatives?” as my son Rick loves to point out. My story begins as a six-year-old immigrant child who came to Canada in 1948 (I am giving away my age!) with my … Continue reading

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