COVID-19 flipped the script for all of us, including the hundreds of volunteers who were planning 29 Steps for Life walks across Canada this April and May. Our traditional in-person Steps for Life events won’t be happening, so instead we’re encouraging you to design your own activity and share it online using the hashtag #MyWhyMyWay.

Eugene is a family spokesperson and a London Steps for Life planning committee volunteer. Eugene’s dad Bot died on the job in 2017, changing his and his family’s lives forever. We’ll let him share — in his own words — why Steps for Life is so important to him, and what you can do to support families like his.

We would really appreciate your support this May, as we raise the profile of workplace health and safety and show our support to families who’ve experienced the devastating loss of workplace safety. Here’s how you can help: 

When you register online, you’re connecting with your local community and others who share your commitment to health and safety.

When you share your activity – with those in your household, your friends on social media, and others in your community who are participating separately together, you’re connecting!

And, by participating in Steps for Life 2020 you’re honouring workers who’ve been affected by workplace tragedy, and showing their families that they’re not forgotten. That’s true connection, from one heart to another.

For 2020, Steps for Life is all about participation. We know many people are not in a position to contribute financially right now. If you are able to fundraise or donate, we are deeply grateful, but what we want most of all is just to connect.

When you proudly wear your yellow shirt (last year’s Steps for Life T-shirt, or any yellow shirt will do!) and post your photos online, you’ll be connected with a Steps for Life yellow wave clear across Canada!

Sarah Wheelan