Health and Safety: Faces Behind the Statistics, Kim Labrecque & Fabien Guindon

Fabien Guindon died after the trench he was working in collapsed, completely engulfing him. When his wife Kim Labrecque arrived at the hospital and saw an ambulance full of mud, she knew instantly what had happened. As she learned more about how Fabien had died, Kim couldn’t sit back. She channeled her grief into promoting change and helping families like hers cope with their loss.

Kim found Threads of Life while searching for information on how to start a support group in Quebec. Her husband Fabien Guindon had died in a trench collapse, and Kim and her family felt alone and adrift in their grief. “I had no one to talk to. No one understood what I was going through.”

When someone told her about Threads of Life, “I came after them like a heat-seeking missile,” she says. Now, “they’re really helping me to fulfill a dream of helping families in Quebec.”

Kim has organized Steps for Life walks in Oka and Montreal, shares her story as a member of the Speakers Bureau, and works directly with other families as a volunteer family guide. Kim has also advocated for regulatory amendments, larger fines for health and safety violations, and for use of those fines to promote health and safety.

“I can’t change what happened, but I can do my best to make good come out of Fabien’s death.”

Read more about Kim and Fabien’s story on page 2 of the Fall 2010 newsletter and in Forget Me Not, a Threads of Life book of family stories available at www.threadsoflife.ca/forget-me-not.


You can help families like Kim’s, coping with the devastating impact of a traumatic workplace fatality or other workplace tragedy. Here’s how:

Donate: your gift will directly support Canadian families affected by workplace fatalities, life-altering injuries and occupational disease
Designate: make Threads of Life your company’s Charity of Choice
Volunteer: help out with our annual Steps for Life walk – see www.stepsforlife.ca
Spread the word: let those who need help know where to find it.

If you or a loved one have experienced a traumatic workplace fatality or other workplace tragedy, read about how Threads of Life can help you.