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.
Companies are often looking for ways to align themselves with organizations that will highlight their commitment to corporate social responsibility while also increasing their company’s brand awareness. As an added bonus, customers will often buy more from companies that show their concern and take action over issues that resonate with them. There are many ways corporate sponsors can partner with Threads of Life at a national, provincial and community level that allow companies to reflect their values.
Early in my career I had to make the phone call to a woman to tell her that her daughter’s father, the man she loved, had suffered a serious head injury on the job. I can still hear the silence in her voice; she was saying words to communicate with me, but I could tell that she felt a pain that caused complete silence for her when she spoke.
Each year, we set a theme for Steps for Life – Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy. For the 2020 events, our theme is #MyWhy. Here, National Walk Manager Heather Lyle explains the “why” behind her involvement.
When I started Threads of Life, it was to provide support programs for family members living with the outcome of workplace life-altering injury, occupational diseases or outcomes of fatal injuries, such as the tragedy that our family is living with. I was very fortunate to have the support of so many organizations that understood the value that Threads of Life could bring to these family members.
When I got married it was truly the best day that I could have possibly imagined. As I walked down the aisle and saw my future husband standing at the altar waiting for me, I knew we were going to be an unbeatable team. ‘Together forever until the ship sinks’, is what we always said to each other. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.
Whether it is their first speakers bureau presentation or as their name crosses my desk multiple times in a month, the eagerness that each volunteer shows is a highlight for me.