2021 Scholarships awarded to four individuals affected by work-related tragedy

Scholarship icons: Graduation cap surrounded by hard hard, books, an atom, and a painter's palette, along with BCRSP and Threads of Life logos.A tragedy at work has far-reaching effects, particularly on the family left struggling in the wake. A variety of factors that affect many families of workplace tragedy – grief and emotional, financial, and others can all add additional barriers to pursuing and completing post-secondary education. 

Four family members who’ve experienced a workplace tragedy have just been given a well-deserved leg up —  to the tune of a $2,500 scholarship 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.

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

This year’s recipients are:

  • Hope Harroun, Alberta, who lost her father to occupational disease. Hope is studying occupational therapy.
  • Silver Kuris, Ontario, BC. Silver lives in Ontario. Her father was killed in a forklift accident while the family was living in BC. She will be studying in the UK through Queen’s University.
  • Anneka Vanfeggelen, Nova Scotia. Anneka’s father’s death had a dramatic effect on her mental health. Anneka is enrolled in Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa.
  • Mack Durant, Nova Scotia. Mack’s dad sustained a life-altering injury at work. Mack is enrolled in the Brick and Stone Masonry program at Nova Scotia Community College.

“The four recipients for this year’s scholarship are all making strides to succeed in spite of the loss they’ve experienced,” says Threads of Life Executive Director Shirley Hickman. “Threads of Life is honoured to partner with the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals to provide 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 (bcrsp.ca) 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 threadsoflife.ca/scholarship.

Sarah Wheelan