Scholarships awarded to four individuals affected by work-related tragedy

Graduation cap surrounded by hard hard, books, an atom, and a painter's palette, along with BCRSP and Threads of Life logos.Workplace tragedy turns all aspects of life upside-down. But four individuals will receive a hand in healing and taking their next steps, thanks to scholarships from Threads of Life and the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP). The scholarships are being awarded to four individuals affected by workplace tragedy, who will be attending post-secondary institutions this fall.

A tragedy in the workplace, whether it’s a fatality, life-altering injury or occupational disease, affects a family emotionally, economically and in many other ways. The scholarship, now in its second year, is intended to provide support for a family member to pursue post-secondary education.

The national scholarship recognizes academic achievement, community involvement, and need.

Monica Szabo, Chair, BCRSP says “The BCRSP is honoured to partner for another year with Threads of Life and contribute to this scholarship. It is a great opportunity for our organization to support those whose lives have been impacted by a workplace fatality or injury.  It gives the recipients the financial support needed to help them focus on their pursuit of higher education.”

This year’s recipients are:

  • Heather Baker, NB
  • Carlie Gerber, ON
  • Shay-Lee Jackson, MB
  • April McCarthy, NL

“The four recipients for this year’s scholarship are all finding healthy ways to cope with the tragedy that has affected their lives, and to succeed in spite of it,” says Threads of Life Executive Director Shirley Hickman. “The scholarship is intended to give them a helping hand on their journey. We wish these four, and all the applicants well as they take this new step in their lives.”

The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (formerly the Association for Canadian Registered Safety Professionals) is a public interest, not-for-profit association whose certificants are dedicated to the principles of health and safety as a profession in Canada. The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals sets certification standards for occupational health and safety professionals.

Threads of Life, the Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support, currently connects more than 3,000 family members through one-on-one peer support, links to community support services, and the opportunity to take action to help prevent work-related tragedies to other families. For more information on the Threads of Life Scholarship, including eligibility criteria, requirements, and application info, visit

Susan Haldane