LifeQuilt weaves hope out of tragedy

proxy.jpegThe LifeQuilt, a memorial to young workers and others who have lost their lives in the workplace visited the B.C. Parliament Buildings on April 12, 2016, in an effort to raise safety awareness of workplace safety.

The LifeQuilt, a project of Threads of Life, is a unique and permanent memorial dedicated to the thousands of young women and men between the ages of 14 and 24, who have been killed or injured on the job. The quilt commemorates 100 young workers killed on the job with individual, personalized quilted blocks. In addition, 100 injured young workers are recognized on the centre panel.

During the visit, Threads of Life received a $10,000 sponsorship from WorkSafeBC to further their work in helping families impacted by workplace tragedy.

In 2003, Threads of Life executive director Shirley Hickman co-founded the Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support, known as Threads of Life to help families affected by a workplace fatality, life-altering injury or occupational disease along their journey of healing. The Association is currently working with more than 2,300 family members from across Canada who have been affected by a workplace tragedy. Threads of Life also promotes public awareness and accountability for workplace health and safety.

British Columbians are encouraged to attend this year’s two Steps for Life Walks in B.C. – one in Prince George and another in Vancouver on May 1, 2016. All funds raised during the walks assist Threads of Life to provide programs and services for Canadian families who have suffered as a result of a workplace tragedy.

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