W e hope you’re enjoying a safe and fun summer. Read about what Threads of Life and our supporters have been up to!
The simplest tool. The worst consequences.
A stepladder is such a simple tool – we’ve all used one, at home or at work. Maybe we figure if we fall, it’s no big deal: a few bruises. Earl Mino’s story is a reminder that a simple tool still has its hazards, and a fall can have the worst consequences. Earl was employed in the meat department of a grocery store, and was using a ladder to place some trays on a high shelf when he fell. His daughter Tracey, a member of the Threads of Life speaker’s bureau , now shares her dad’s story to underline the importance of reporting hazards and keeping tools and equipment – even the simplest ones – in good repair. Use Earl’s story in your next safety meeting to talk about off-the-job safety, ladder safety or maintenance.
New board chair takes
the wheel 
Threads of Life is blessed to have a board of directors that is dedicated and engaged in the work of the organization. The 10-member board is drawn from Threads of Life family members as well as partner organizations. Together they steer Threads of Life, ensuring we make responsible use of our resources as we work towards our vision and mission. This summer, we welcome Karen Lapierre Pitts as board chair. Karen is a Threads of Life family member from Nova Scotia and has been on the board since 2015. Peter Deines will step in as vice-chair. Peter joined the board in 2014 as a community member from Alberta. He is the interim CEO with CannAmm Occupational Testing Services. At the same time as welcoming these board members to their new positions, Threads of Life says thank you to Eleanor Westwood, who steps down from the chair’s position.
DRIVE-ing support fore Threads of Life families
What do Canadians do when the ice is out? Hit the greens, of course! And some generous folks do that with an eye to supporting those whose lives have been turned upside down by work-related fatalities, life-altering injury or occupational disease. Recently, the Calgary Regional Safety Committee (CRSC) of the Alberta Construction Safety Association held its annual Golf Classic event at Springbank Links Golf Course in Calgary. Through fundraisers like a 50/50 draw and raffles, participants raised close to $9,000! Other golf events this summer have included Levitt-Safety’s annual golf tournament, raising $4000, and Grand River OHS, which held its second annual golf tournament and fundraiser in June. In another approach to “driving” support, the Lloydminster “Treads for Life” motorcycle run also raised funds to serve those affected by workplace tragedy. The charity event is in its third year.

Thank you to all for making a difference in so many peoples’ lives!
On our blog:
WorkplaceNL: helping to grow awareness of support...

Threads of Life volunteer Alex Tuff shared his story at a Workplace NL Health and Safety Symposium last fall. Every year, more families across Canada find their way to Threads of Life when they need support coping with a work-related fatality,...

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We often hear the message that you won't be able to be good for others if you're not good to yourself. It can be a hard message to take to heart - after all, self-care seems selfish. Aren't we taught to put others first? That works until it doesn't.

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