What is a Family Forum?
Threads of Life held its first forum in 2005. As of 2016, Threads of Life will host four Regional Family Forums across Canada. Family Forums offer families affected by a workplace tragedy the opportunity to come together to share, network and, ultimately, heal. At this special event, spouses, parents, siblings and close friends gather to learn coping skills for grief, active listening skills, tips on how the occupational health and safety system works, self-care, and so much more. This year through the generosity of our donors and supporters, with proceeds from the annual Steps for Life fundraising, we are able to offer four immediate family members accommodations, meals and registration.“Making the decision to attend the family forum was a first step in acknowledging my need to grieve. I received a quick call back from Threads of Life and was linked to another family who experienced a similar loss and were a great listening team. They reassured me in my journey
for support and to find something meaningful for my Dad.”
~ first time participant, 2013
Upcoming Family Forums
Threads of Life family members are welcome to register to attend a Regional Family Forum.
Registration for the 2017 Family Forums will open in early 2017.
Central Family Forum, November 4 – 6, 2016, Barrie, ON Registration is now closed.
Atlantic Family Forum, May 26 – 28, 2017, South Shore, NS
Prairie Family Forum, September 29 – October 1, 2017, Saskatoon, SK
Western Family Forum, October 20 – 22, 2017, Calgary, AB
With our thanks …
The Family Forums have brought comfort and learnings for many families facing the outcome of a workplace tragedy. Thank you to our Family Forum sponsors for helping to make these events possible!
Thank you to our 2016 Regional Family Forum sponsors:
- Ontario Ministry of Labour – Prevention Division
- SAFEWork Manitoba
- Ontario Compensation Employees Union (OCEU)
- TriWest Capital Partners
- Vale Canada
- Wellpoint Health Services
- Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia
- WorkSafe NB
- WCB PEI
- Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board
For more information on Threads of Life’s Regional Family Forums, please contact us.