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Volunteers: Threads in the Quilt of Threads of Life

Society has always benefited from volunteering. The idea of people giving their time and talents to help others with no expectation of receiving payment in return is timeless. What has changed is our attempts to quantify the value of volunteers, so that we can fully appreciate the magnitude of their contribution to our local and global community.

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Have Fun Raising Funds!

How to hold a fundraising event to support families of workplace tragedy: Each year, Threads of Life is most fortunate to be selected by companies across Canada to receive the proceeds from their fundraising events. A company may hold a golf tournament, hockey tournament or, in the case of one Threads of Life supporter, bring in a dunk tank and charge employees a few dollars for a chance to soak the boss.

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Transformative connection – Peer support in action

Family forums are annual events hosted to bring those most deeply affected by workplace tragedy together – to connect, share, learn, and ultimately heal from the devastating blow that has rocked their family. With sessions and workshops, shared meals and casual conversations, ceremony and celebration, it’s a full and busy weekend.

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Bluebird(s) of Happiness

The radio is almost always on at my house. As former reporters, my husband and I like to know what’s going on in the world. But there’s no question that it affects your mood. This morning, I had just decided to listen to music at my desk instead of news radio, when I looked out the window. An Eastern Bluebird fluttered down from the big balsam poplar tree into the grass. As I watched, a couple more settled in the branches.

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Volunteer Profile: Todd Smith

Todd Smith is a passionate advocate for workplace safety and injury prevention. He has experienced first-hand the devastating effects of a workplace tragedy. Todd’s younger brother Sean, an auto mechanic, was working under a limousine which was supported only by a jack. The jack failed and the car came down on Sean, crushing and killing him instantly. He was just 26.

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My very first friend

Sibling relationships are complex. With me and my brothers, we were friends, teammates, competitors and sometimes enemies. My childhood memories are those of camping trips, watching their hockey games, playing in our tree fort and ski trips. My adult memories were filled with Sunday dinners together, board games with lots of laughs, baseball games, sharing in the excitement of weddings and first babies. Sharing all these moments with my brother Bryan was amazing. I never thought that something could break that.

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