Graduation cap surrounded by hard hard, books, an atom, and a painter's palette, along with BCRSP and Threads of Life logos.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.

A tragedy in the workplace, whether it’s a fatality, life-altering injury or occupational disease, affects a family emotionally, economically and in many other ways. The scholarship, launched this year, is intended to provide support for a family member to pursue higher education.

The national scholarship recognizes academic achievement, community involvement, and need.

Monica Szabo, Chair, BCRSP says “The BCRSP is honoured to partner with Threads of Life and contribute to this scholarship. It is a great opportunity for our organization to support those whose lives have been impacted by a workplace tragedy in their pursuit of higher education.”

This year’s recipients are:

  • Dion Durant, Nova Scotia
  • Stacy Gaylord, Saskatchewan
  • Haley Harroun, Alberta
  • Brodie Bergman, Prince Edward Island (Deferred)

“We had a number of very strong applications, and our decision was not easy,” says Threads of Life Executive Director Shirley Hickman. “We hope that receiving this scholarship will make the path a little smoother for these four people who are trying to cope with the effects of tragedy and make their way in the world.”

Scholarships will be awarded annually, and applications for 2020 will open early in the new year.

The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (formerly the Association for Canadian Registered Safety Professionals) is a public interest, not-for-profit association whose certificants are dedicated to the principles of health and safety as a profession in Canada. The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals sets certification standards for occupational health and safety professionals.

Threads of Life, the Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support, currently connects more than 2,900 family members through one-on-one peer support, links to community support services, and the opportunity to take action to help prevent work-related tragedies to other families. For more information on the Threads of Life Scholarship, including eligibility criteria, requirements, and application info, visit

Susan Haldane