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.
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.
Four families are receiving a boost on their way to healing and success, thanks to scholarships from Threads of Life and the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP). The scholarships are being awarded to four individuals affected by workplace tragedy, who will be attending post-secondary institutions this fall.
Attending your first family forum can be very emotional. Hang in there, you are not alone. You may have anticipatory feelings bubbling up, and maybe even wondering what you’ve signed yourself up for. You may ask yourself what am I doing here?
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?