Toronto_Steps_2014Steps for Life is a fun, five-km walk to support families affected by workplace tragedy. Created in 2004, Steps for Life is the flagship fundraiser for the Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support (known as Threads of Life). In 2014, more than 4,300 participants raised more than 0,000 in communities across Canada.

“We all wish there were no more families who need our help,” says Threads of Life Executive Director Shirley Hickman, “but it is comforting for our family members to witness the support for them through the walk, and the commitment to health and safety in so many communities.”

The annual event raises money to provide peer support programs and services for Canadian families who have suffered as a result of workplace tragedy and also raises awareness about the importance of workplace health and safety.

Ultimately, Steps for Life – Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy aims to educate the community about the devastating ripple effects of each workplace tragedy and how we can work together to prevent others being injured or killed on the job.

The walk is also an opportunity for companies and communities to show their commitment to health and safety – and they do that in force! Companies sponsor local walks, allow their employees to volunteer, and enter teams. Individuals raise money and in 2014, braved out despite rain, snow and sleet in some regions to complete their 5 km.

Steps for Life has another benefit as well – through the participation and publicity around the walk, more families learn about Threads of Life and are able to come to us for support. Last year, roughly 300 new family members contacted Threads of Life, many as a result of the attention gained through Steps for Life.

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