Threads of Life is currently celebrating our 20th anniversary. We are very proud the we have grown each and every year since our inception in 2003. We currently provide our peer-based support programs to over 3,600 family members across the country. All of our programs are available to our families at no cost. Our partners play a critical role in both our growth and funding through their support of our mission:
To help families heal through a community of support and to promote the elimination of life-altering workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths.
Our Threads of Life partners contribute to our community of support by growing awareness of Threads of Life; providing volunteer support to Threads of Life, participating in Threads of Life events including Steps for Life and Speakers Bureau, and providing funding support.
Our partners come in many shapes and sizes and include employers, unions, trade associations, health and safety system partners, schools, media and others. One of our longtime stakeholders is CannAmm Occupational Testing Services. CannAmm has been a partner of Threads of Life since 2011. The national company helps businesses manage drug-free workplaces, and help in ensuring the health and safety of employees by assessing if they are medically and physically fit for the job. CannAmm first became involved in Steps for Life, and came on board as a sponsor for the walk the next year.
CannAmm saw a clear alignment between their own work and Threads of Life’s vision and mission. “Essentially, both organizations are committed to do our best, in our own way, to prevent injury, disease, and death due to incidents at the workplace,” says CannAmm CEO Peter Deines. CannAmm was also inspired by “Threads of Life’s ability to weave a community of support around people and their families when such unfortunate outcomes do occur.”
Like many of Threads of Life partnerships, the relationship with CannAmm has evolved over time. Today CannAmm’s support includes national sponsorship of Steps for Life, featuring Threads of Life speakers at their WorkSafe Forums, and profiling Threads of Life with their network of clients and contacts. In 2023, CannAmm teams took part in the Edmonton Steps for Life walk andin the National Online Steps for Life event.
In addition, Peter has served on the Threads of Life board of directors since 2014 and is currently the vice chair. Peter recently reflected on the impact he has seen Threads of Life have on families: “Some feel that Threads of Life has saved their lives,” he says. “A sense of inclusion fills a critical void in people’s lives. Our prevention message, through family member presentations, Steps for Life, social and traditional media, shares our family members’ lived experiences and amplifies it in a meaningful way.”
Threads of Life thanks CannAmm and all of our partners both large and small, working together in pursuit of our vision to lead and inspire a culture shift, as a result of which work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths are morally, socially and economically unacceptable.
To find out more information on how you and/or your organization can support Threads of Life please contact Lorna Catrambone at [email protected].
UPDATE: In August 2023 Peter Deines left his position as CEO of CannAmm. He continues as the Vice-chair of Threads of Life’s board of directors.