The story in this issue tackles the importance of checking in with employees working alone, to ensure their physical safety. But we know what a difference a quick check-in can make to emotional health as well. Consider this our check-in with you. We hope you’re doing well and continuing to work safely!
Supervising the experienced employee
Workplace tragedies come with a lot of what-ifs. In the case of James Baker, one of them is “what if someone had called or stopped by to check in?” James was an experienced bulldozer operator, a man in his 50s. He was working around a water-filled pit for a highway construction job, when his bulldozer rolled into the pit and he was trapped beneath the water. James was alone on the site and it was hours before anyone checked. His wife Pamela shares his story to improve safety for others. Even experienced employees need supervision, and a quick check-in can be life-saving.
Is it someone you know?
Threads of Life is looking for a new Regional Development Coordinator (RDC) for western Canada. Our wonderful Lynn Danbrook has decided to retire. The RDC is involved in developing partnerships, coordinating fundraising and volunteer engagements. This is a full-time, work-from-home position and the candidate can live in BC, AB, SK or MB. Do you know someone who’d be a good fit? Pass this posting along to them!
Steps for Life: #WeWalkTogether
Community means so many different things: it means the physical place where we live, and it can also mean people who share something, whether that’s related to work, family or life experience. Most of us belong to a few different communities.

Steps for Life - Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy taps into all those definitions of community. You can participate in an event in your physical community, join together to raise funds with your work community, or gather your like-minded support community to get behind your Steps for Life efforts.

In 2020, we watched a national community blossom online as people from East to West shared their personal commitment and fun activity to support Steps for Life’s COVID-19 version. For 2021, we’re ready for anything: some communities may be able to have traditional in-person walks, while others may need to stick to smaller get-togethers or individual activities. Some people may not have a community walk close by, or may simply prefer to do Steps for Life their own way. All the options are open and welcome. No matter how we participate in 2021, #WeWalkTogether.

If you’d like to help us plan, check out these volunteer opportunities!
On the blog
Families Gather Online to Reflect and Honour Lives Lost...

Candles were glowing across the country as Threads of Life's first virtual Reflections Ceremony joined hearts and memories on an October afternoon. You could almost feel the warmth from all those flames on kitchen tables, desks, mantels and...

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