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Behind the scenes: Staff celebrate too!

At Threads of Life we like to say we have the biggest office in the world – it stretches from coast to coast in Canada. Most of our staff work from home offices, and we don’t see one another very often. When we do get together in person for staff meetings three times a year, it’s a chance to get a pile of work done, but also to renew relationships and celebrate the great organization we work for.

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Teams meet the Steps for Life challenge!

This year’s Steps for Life team challenge proved what your coach always told you – we can get further when we all work together. An incredible 337 teams participated in walks across Canada this spring! They included dozens of teams representing our national sponsor companies, and six teams who planned their own event through Your Walk Your Way. Working together, these teams raised thousands of dollars to raise awareness about workplace health and safety, and to support people affected by workplace tragedy. Thanks teams! You’re all champs in our books!

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Book review: Option B

Option B (by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, Knopf 2017) grew out of Sheryl Sandberg’s experience with grief following the tragic death of her husband in 2015. (The end of her Option A). For we who have been thrust into grief following a workplace tragedy the details of her story will be familiar. She describes “overcoming grief” as moving from being in a fog or void (a time of incapacity) to functioning in a more predictable way.

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Making our sunshine: Steps for Life 2018

Of all the dozens – maybe hundreds – of images I saw from 2018’s Steps for Life walks, these are a couple of my favourites. Our Facebook page and Instagram feed are filled with bright sunny photos. Almost all of our 27 community walks were blessed with lovely weather this year. Not Calgary though! Cold, wet, gloomy – it looked downright miserable.

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A life-altering summer job

Each year hundreds of high school students from all across Canada begin working for the summer, and for many this will be their first “real” job. Fifteen years ago, I was beginning my summer job at a golf resort on Prince Edward Island; I did not realize at the time it would change my life forever.

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Day of Mourning: Carrying the weight

April 28th once again brings us the National Day of Mourning; a day marked to reflect on the lives lost or forever changed by workplace injury and illness, and re-commit to the actions required for prevention. There’s an extra layer of heaviness for those who feel this particular loss in their bones — for those who know this pain up close and personally.

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Volunteers: ‘Thank you’ is never enough!

April 15 to 21 is Volunteer Week in Canada. At Threads of Life we are grateful to our volunteers every day, but we make a special point of recognizing them during this week. Some of Threads of Life’s staff members took a moment to note what they most appreciate about our Threads of Life volunteers.

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