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…
Listen from your Heart, Not your Ears - August 18
August 18, 2021 3-5 p.m. EDT (convert for my time zone)
We have intimate wisdom to improve our most important relationships and make genuine connections with people through the art of listening. By avoiding letting anger, anxiety, and fear of being hurt impede our ability to listen, we can transform what is inside our heart and within the space around us.
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.
Shirley Hickman never expected to be leading a national organization dedicated to helping people affected by tragedies in the workplace. Trained as a nurse, she was happily married and raising a family in the late 1990s. That is when tragedy struck, and Shirley’s life, along with her family’s, were changed forever. Since that time, she has focused on making a difference in workplace health and safety. In 2003, Shirley co-founded Threads of Life and is currently the Executive Director. Shirley is also the proud grandma of two amazing young girls.
The Breaking Point - September 16
September 16, 2021 6-8 p.m. EDT (convert for my time zone)
When the world we know profoundly changes, travelling the long road that lies ahead can be difficult. Grief, loss, hope & healing are themes all families relate to; and are just as significant for those families learning to cope through life altering injuries & living with an occupational disease.
On February 9, 2000, Karen’s family suffered from a traumatic workplace tragedy. Karen has been part of Threads of Life for many years and is currently the organization’s family support manager working directly with families. She is also an active Family Guide and member of the Speaker’s Bureau. Threads of Life helps families heal after they are affected by a workplace fatality, life-altering injury or occupational disease. It is currently working with more than 2,700 family members from across Canada. Threads of Life promotes public awareness and accountability for workplace health and safety. Its mission is to lead and inspire a culture shift where work-related injuries and illnesses are morally, socially and economically unacceptable. Many things have changed in Karen’s family’s life since that fateful day.
Finding Meaning in the story in the photograph with Audrey Stringer - October 28
October 28, 2021 6-8 p.m. EDT (convert for my time zone)
“Photographs and home videos have the power to make us laugh, cry and remember . In this session, we will explore and reflect on the importance of how this media impacts our grief journey.”
Audrey Stringer lives in Sarnia, Ontario. She is a Bereavement counsellor, author of 4 books and a motivational speaker. She is currently writing her 5th book. She is a mom, grandmother and great grandmother. She loves to travel with her husband Brian. They have two dogs (Big Al and 2019 a rescue from Mexico -Luna.
Ask a Therapist - November 17
November 17, 2021 6-8 p.m. EDT (convert for my time zone)
As we move toward the holiday season, it can be wise to stop for a moment and ask ourselves how we are inside; what is hurting, what is wounded, what is strengthening, what is robust? Therapy isn’t the search for answers, but rather a discovery of what happens to us when we dare to look at our brokenness with curiosity and kindness. You are invited to bring your questions concerning mental health, relationships, spirituality, and trauma into a safe space for shared conversation. No topic to big, no topic too painful. Roy will be more than happy to share his expertise to help you begin to untie some of the therapeutic knots that can sometimes strangle our healing. “Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful parts of us.” David Richo
Roy Ellis is a therapist, author and speaker in Nova Scotia. Roy brings 30 years of practice working with grief, trauma, sudden loss, He provides frontline support for private, government and community organizations which have experienced an unexpected death, tragedy or workplace disaster. He is the Bereavement Coordinator with the Integrated Palliative Care Service of the Nova Scotia Health Authority where he meets the psycho-spiritual needs of the dying and grieving. He is a Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner (CSCP) with The Canadian Association for Spiritual Care, and received his Masters of Divinity from Queen’s University. Roy has worked extensively with many organizations including Threads of Life, facilitating sessions at family forums, volunteer training, and contributing articles. Learn more at royfellis.com.