FamiliesConnect through Online Workshops
If you or a loved one are affected by a work-related tragedy, FamiliesConnect Online Workshops offer a chance to learn healthy coping skills, alongside others who’ve been through a similar experience.
Each workshop session is led by a grief counsellor, Threads of Life staff member or skilled volunteer. There will be practical tips and information specifically tailored for those dealing with a life-altering workplace injury, occupational disease, or workplace fatality. Participants are free to share as much or as little of their own experience as they feel comfortable doing.
Workshops are offered at no charge, thanks to the support of Threads of Life’s partners and funders.
Registration is first-come, first-served. Seats at each workshop are limited, so if you register and find you cannot attend, please notify us.
Upcoming workshop sessions you don’t want to miss…
February Fun Games Night with Kelley and Sharon - Feb 15
February 15, 2023 6-8 p.m. EST (convert for my time zone)
Join us for a fun filled, interactive evening of games and laughter. Test your skills in Jeopardy, Scattegories and the Whisper Game. Dress cozy, grab a snack and drink and join us for the laughter and fun.
Kelley was born and raised in London, Ontario where she lives with her husband and two children and works as an Administrative Assistant at the Threads of Life London office. She is the friendly voice on the other end of the phone when you call! Kelley has a background in retail management and training and in her spare time actively volunteers with Girl Guides of Canada and the Salvation Army Christmas Hamper program in London.
Sharon has been involved with Threads of Life since the death of her stepdaughter Amanda Peat in 2000. Sharon works for Threads of Life as a Coordinator and is also an active volunteer in her community as well as with Threads of Life as a founding member, speaker, and volunteer family guide.
Putting the Pieces Back Together Through Journaling with Johanna - Mar 15
March 15, 2023 6-8 p.m. EDT (convert for my time zone)
Putting the Pieces Back Together Through Journaling Johanna has been journaling for over 40 years and of the many tools and strategies that she has explored since her son’s death 17 years ago, she has found journaling to be of particular ongoing value. There are many reasons, and many ways, to journal. A journal can be a reservoir for your most painful and private thoughts, a safe place for you to vent your fear or anger, and a way to try to sift through all of the conflicting emotions you might be feeling. It can be a place where, sometime down the road, you can look back and see just how far you have come along in your healing journey. It can also be used to organize your “busy-brain”, or as a way to reach within yourself to remember the things you still have to be grateful for. So please find yourself a notebook and a pen (Johanna prefers coloured pens and she will share with you why) and join us for this workshop to explore how incorporating the practice of journaling can assist you in your journey of healing.
Johanna is a Threads of Life Family Member, Volunteer Speakers Bureau presenter, Volunteer Family Guide and Group Facilitator. She has been a Program Assistant at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit for 19 years, supporting various programs including: Rabies, Emergency Management, Vector Borne Diseases, Healthy Environments, and the Food Safety and Safe Water Programs. Previous to that she has worked in a variety of positions including, at a young offender facility; managing a large horse farm; with the Red Cross; and with a telecommunications company. She also runs her own small home business. Johanna found Threads of Life in 2007, a year after the death of her son Micheal due to a workplace injury. Like many of this session’s participants, she struggled with putting the shattered pieces of her life back together after such a devastating loss. Through her involvement with Threads of Life, she learned how to take steps toward healing, and finding purpose and joy in her life again. She is deeply honoured that you have chosen to share this journey with her and spend some time today exploring our session’s topic.
Secondary Losses and Milestones with Wendy-Ellen - April 19
April 19, 2023 6-8 p.m. EDT (convert for my time zone)
The pain felt with the death of a loved one, the effects and affects of occupational disease or a life-altering injury are losses on their own. Secondary losses also follow these major losses. Through this interactive session, we will identify and acknowledge the losses and their impacts. Our goal is to increase awareness and build strategies to equip participants to face and mourn the losses.
Wendy-Ellen and her husband, Bruce, live on a ranch outside Medicine Hat, Alberta. Wendy-Ellen works as a substitute high school teacher. She was an active volunteer leader for the 4-H program in Alberta for 25 years. In 2012, Wendy-Ellen’s family experienced a traumatic workplace tragedy. She wears many hats as a volunteer for Threads of Life. Wendy-Ellen is a member of the Speakers Bureau, a Volunteer Family Guide and a family representative on the Threads of Life Board of Directors. Threads of Life is Wendy-Ellen’s heart work. A job she treasures.