Working to heal families and bring an end to workplace tragedies
Stories of Hope
Threads of Life participants and supporters are working to prevent future tragedies by telling their stories and making sure everyone understands why workplace safety is important.
There is hope …
“It has been a long journey since the death of my husband. Each day is a gift to us and we remember Leo every day. After years of counselling, support from family for myself and the children, and finding Threads of Life we have been able to live a new normal.
-Erin Pitruzella, whose husband Leo, a labourer for a paving company, died when he was struck by a dump truck loaded with asphalt
If today is an average working day in Canada
Three workers die today
3 Canadian workers will be killed or die as a result of occupational disease
Hundreds injured today
Hundreds will be seriously injured or made ill because of work
Thousands affected today
Thousands of families, communities and workplaces will be affected
Caregivers need care too. Caregivers are an essential part of our society. There are more than 8 million caregivers in Canada- more than 1 in 4 adults. If you were to replace all the care they provide it would cost $66 billion per year. Providing care comes at a cost. Many caregivers face negative consequences because of caregiving.
In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly established a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were adopted by all 193 United Nations Member States, including Canada. These goals set a timeline to end poverty, improve health and education, reduce inequality, spur economic growth and address climate change by 2030. These goals build on decades of work by the United Nations and their Member States.
To the wife of the man who risked himself to make sure the rest of us made it home,
You and I have never met, but you have been a character in my story, a significant part of my motivation to end workplace tragedy. January 7, 2011, was a day that changed both of our lives forever.