Ontario Construction News staff writer
Every working day in Canada, three families will receive the news that a loved one is not returning home from work that day.
The Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support, known as Threads of Life, supports the healing journey of families who have suffered from a workplace fatality, traumatic life-altering injury, or occupational disease.
This year’s flagship fundraiser – Steps for Life is set or May. It’s traditionally a five-kilometre family walk that aims to educate the community about the devastating ripple effects of each workplace tragedy and how we can work together to prevent others being injured or killed on the job.
Proceeds from Steps for Life support Threads of Life, a national charitable organization dedicated to helping families heal after they’ve been affected by a traumatic workplace fatality, life-altering workplace injury or occupational disease. Threads of Life currently supports more than 3,200 family members from across the country. For more information, visit www.threadsoflife.ca.
In 2021, the event raised “a whole lot of awareness about workplace injury and illness prevention” and more than $539,000 for Threads of Life’s family support services.
The Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support – Threads of Life has been accredited by Imagine Canada’s Standards Program.
Families, friends and colleagues of those affected by workplace tragedy, teams from injury prevention organizations, labour, business, and the general public will participate this year with a choice of walking in person or participating virtually.
Each in-person Steps for Life event in communities across the country, will follow all applicable public health requirements or guidelines including gathering size, mask use, physical distancing, and other health and safety practices. Individual events, or indoor portions of events, may require proof of vaccination to enter, depending on the requirements set by the venue.
The Imagine Canada Standards Program offers accreditation to charities and nonprofits that can demonstrate excellence in the areas of board governance, financial accountability and transparency, fundraising, staff management, and volunteer involvement. This is important because you, our supporters, are entitled to transparency and the greatest impact possible from your investment with us.
Check the community Steps for Life page for the most up to date information.