“Always in my heart …”

Health and Safety: Faces Behind the Statistics, Wendy-Ellen & Blaine Nittel

Blaine Nittel was supposed to be the final thread in the Nittal family tapestry. His birth announcement read: “Bruce and Wendy-Ellen are pleased to announce the birth of their farmhand Blaine Bruce. Blaine will be assisting Nathan and Sharlynn as they ‘help’ Dad do the chores.”

Blaine intended to be the fourth generation working the family farm in Alberta. He and his father Bruce would often talk about their plans for the future. Instead, the young man died in a single vehicle collision while driving a pump truck to a well site near Manyberries, Alberta.

A 4-H bursary and a memorial bursary at his high school were created in Blaine’s memory, and Wendy-Ellen now wears Blaine’s high school graduation ring so that she can carry him with her wherever she goes — “always in my heart and usually on my right hand.”

Wendy-Ellen also honours Blaine as a Threads of Life’s Speakers Bureau member, and a Threads of Life representative at trade shows and exhibitions. She has also joined the Threads of Life board of directors, to be a representative for family members in guiding the organization.

Read more about Wendy-Ellen’s story on page 4 of the Summer 2014 newsletter.

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