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World Mental Health Day: Practicing What We Preach

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.

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The Day Life Shattered

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.

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What’s in it for me?

While this isn’t the first question that may come to mind when deciding to volunteer for an organization, it is a consideration for many. Volunteering is a wonderful way to get involved and help others, and of the top reasons people give for volunteering, some important ones are; to learn new skills or enhance existing ones, to gain experience that can lead to career advancement and to grow professional networks.

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5 Common Threads for Grieving Siblings

As a sister grieving the death of my younger brother to injuries he sustained on the job, I’ve spent a significant amount of time reflecting on sibling relationships – in all of their complexities – while I continue to learn how to live through and carry my own loss. What does it mean to be a sibling? How is the relationship different? How is sibling grief different? How is it universal?

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A Win-Win-Win on Facebook Fundraising

Social media can definitely have pros and cons, like many things, but a feature that Facebook has added over the last year is all pro in my books! Facebook Fundraisers were added late in 2018 for Canada and have taken over the social world since. Although we had heard about them, we did not jump at the opportunity right away. We wanted to make sure we had all the facts and that any issues that may arise from a new launch were taken care of before we got involved.

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Summer Fun … and Fundraising!

Support is heating up on the greens! We’ve had a flurry of fundraising activities this summer with companies, organizations and groups out to enjoy the summer sunshine and support families affected by workplace tragedy. That has meant a number of well-attended and successful charity golf tournaments in Alberta and Ontario who have all chosen to donate funds raised to Threads of Life. Thank you all for your support!

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Volunteer Profile: Jennifer Ruszkowski

Helping to run a complex event like Steps for Life – Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy can be pretty absorbing. The day of the walk brings a million details to oversee. But for long-time Saskatoon Steps for Life volunteer Jennifer Ruszkowski, taking a moment to talk to the families participating makes it all more meaningful.

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More than just one day

July 24 marked International Self-Care Day. Dedicating a day to celebrating self-care and what it can do is certainly beneficial—for some people, maybe this day will be the first time that they will hear about self-care. Over the past month, we’ve explored the many different facets of self-care.

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