group of people wearing yellow t-shirts stand at an outdoor garden

What happens when you take a really great idea, add in some committed volunteers and a lot of hard work? In Timmins, Ontario the result is a beautiful Threads of Life Family Garden.

The idea first took root in July of 2016, when Allen Armstrong, Chair of the Timmins Steps for Life Committee inquired with the local conservation authority about using an untended patch of garden at the park where they hold their Steps for Life walk. He noticed other local non-profit organizations had flower gardens, and wanted to create something similar for Threads of Life, both as a way to raise awareness for the organization, and as a place where families who have experienced a workplace tragedy can reflect and perhaps find comfort and hope in the knowledge that they are not alone.

The conservation authority agreed and Al and the Steps for Life committee volunteers and their families got busy. Weekends and evenings would find them clearing out the overgrown weeds and shrubs, adding and leveling top soil, creating a unique, raised “boot print” in the garden made of stone, an image that is familiar to the Steps for Life walk. Local businesses also got on board and donated decorative stones and rocks, mulch, flowers, even a beautiful statue.

A full year later, on August 1, 2017, on a lovely, sunny day, the Threads of Life Timmins Family Garden was unveiled. Kate Kennington, Threads of Life’s Manager of Family Support attended the unveiling saying “the garden is creating awareness for families who don’t know Threads of Life exists. It’s a wonderful space that all the community can come and enjoy”.

Threads of Life would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to support the creation of the Timmins Family Garden. Our sincere thanks to:

Allen Armstrong, Aria Armstrong, Trey Cote, Eric Armstrong, Karen Hermant, Brent Secord, Dimitri Brown, Lucie Boissonneault, Jeff Keizer, Randy Keizer, John Bell, Mike Pintar, Joelle Charbonneau, Zach Elliott, Timmins Building Supply – Home Hardware Building Centre, Mascioli Construction, John Delost Construction, NorFab Metal and Machine, Porcupine Advance Printers, Walmart, Mattagami Region Conservation Authority.

a young girl waters flowers while three adults in yellow t-shirts watch on
Lorna Catrambone