The 2021 version of Steps for Life-Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy was a resounding success in the face of huge challenges. As we gear up for Steps for Life 2022, we’re looking at all the ways we define “Together” when #WeWalkTogether through Steps for Life.
Alex and Kristopher were tied at the hip as brothers. They had great birthday parties, attended fun wedding dances; they roughhoused and goofed around as brothers do when they are young. Alex wanted to do so much more with Kristopher when they got older. He wanted road trips, beers, nieces and nephews. But, Kristopher died in a workplace accident and that future Alex wanted was lost.
Dealing with grief from a loss of a loved one not coming home, a serious injury, or an occupational disease is devastating with many layers of intensity. It’s fair to say a significant loss changes the world around us. Stress, sadness, pain, and feeling isolated can sit heavy on our hearts and spirits. Sometimes it can feel like we are truly at a breaking point.
Family Forums are the cornerstone events in Threads of Life’s family support calendar. Family forums are where strangers become friends, grieving families discover they’re not alone, and everyone learns new ways to cope and to heal.
In September and October we will host the Western and Central Family Forums online. The virtual events are now open for registration and we hope to “see” you there!
Threads of Life is very fortunate to have a team of wonderful volunteers who support the delivery of our programs, events, speaker presentations, and help guide the organization into the future. And we have dedicated partners, who offer financial support, and work to...
Do you listen with your ears, or your heart? Is it possible to listen with both? The art of listening is not to be confused with hearing. We are always hearing, most of the time subconsciously. Listening is done by choice, but once you have made that choice what comes next?
The summer of 2013 was exciting and filled with many blessings. My daughter Kaitlyn had just graduated from Teacher’s College at Western University and was about to start her career; Jeremy was entering his fourth year in the Criminology program with plans to go into law enforcement; Karl and I were comfortable in the lifestyle we had created and were anxiously waiting the completion of our newly built home.
What if going through the motions isn’t an ability—but a survival mechanism rooted deep in our subconscious? Surge capacity is a collection of adaptive systems that allow us to “keep going” for short-term survival in acutely stressful situations.
Together, we met our goal!
Our fundraising goal for 2021 was set at $450,000, and together we all watched the Steps for Life fundraising thermometer tick higher and higher. By end of Steps for Life, thanks to fundraisers, donors and sponsors, we had exceeded our goal, and then some! The money raised will ensure that families struggling in the aftermath of work-related fatalities, life-altering injuries and occupational disease will have access to free peer support programs.
Eleanor Westwood, Threads of Life’s longest-serving board member will retire from the board this summer, after 15 years of service to the organization. Occupational health and safety has been very important to Eleanor, who worked at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) for more than 25 years.
Join Roy Ellis for our next FamiliesConnect session: Getting Unstuck: How to make Friends with your Grief & Trauma on June 17, 2021 at 6pm EDT (3 pm in BC and 7:30 pm in Newfoundland!) You’ll learn practical steps to help yourself and your loved-ones take small...
It’s been 6 years since the United Nations General Assembly established the Sustainable Development Goals that were adopted by all 193 United Nations Member States, including Canada.
The goals set a timeline to end poverty, improve health and education, reduce inequality, spur economic growth and address climate change by 2030. There are 17 goals and a total of 169 specific, measurable targets that will help achieve the SDGs.