With a training session for new speaker volunteers this weekend, I’ll let you in on a little secret. We know speaker training is anxiety-inducing for the volunteers, but the staff are almost as nervous. We so much want everything to go well – for the volunteers to feel successful; for them to experience healing and make new friends; for some powerful stories to be shared; for there to be enough food (actually never a problem at a Threads of Life event!)
Audrey Stringer is a long-time workshop facilitator and friend of Threads of Life. Family members will remember meeting her at various Family Forums, where she leads sessions on grief and healing. This poem reflects her own grief journey and her unique voice.
This month many provinces observe Family Day, also known as Heritage Day, Louis Riel Day, and Islander Day. It is a day to celebrate the importance of families, family life and communities. Like so many special occasions, this one can be a mixed blessing for families affected by work-related tragedy.
The ‘whys’ behind walking in Steps for Life are as unique as the people who participate – but whatever your why, it’s time to sign up!
I was warned that the 10-year mark was different than year one or even year five and that I need to pay attention to that. With that in my back pocket I didn’t really think too much about it until I was forced to do just that: think about it.
Volunteers all have their own individual reasons for getting involved. For Threads of Life volunteer Carolyn Sim her reason is very
Caregivers need care too. Caregivers are an essential part of our society. There are more than 8 million caregivers in Canada- more than 1 in 4 adults. If you were to replace all the care they provide it would cost $66 billion per year. Providing care comes at a cost. Many caregivers face negative consequences because of caregiving.
In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly established a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were adopted by all 193 United Nations Member States, including Canada. These goals set a timeline to end poverty, improve health and education, reduce inequality, spur economic growth and address climate change by 2030. These goals build on decades of work by the United Nations and their Member States.
To the wife of the man who risked himself to make sure the rest of us made it home,
You and I have never met, but you have been a character in my story, a significant part of my motivation to end workplace tragedy. January 7, 2011, was a day that changed both of our lives forever.
It seems like just a few years ago all the organizations who worked with technology were thinking about what would happen when the clock turned to midnight and we entered 2000. Would the technology of 1999 still function? I was part of one of those health organizations that spent many hours and financial resources trying to put processes into place to be prepared. Was that good planning or waste of time?
In 2019, 8,400 people across Canada heard directly from Threads of Life family members why workplace safety matters. Each of those 8,400 were touched by the story of a family changed forever. Imagine if next year, an additional 8,400 Canadians could hear that message and be inspired to work safely every day.
Despite the happy holiday signs we see all around us at this time of year, we remember that this is often a sad time for so many people.