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Annual walk honours true stories behind statistics

Apr
23

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Annual walk honours true stories behind statistics

REGINA – Statistics can help us track the trends in workplace health and safety – the deaths, injuries and diseases occurring every day in our communities. But statistics don’t tell the stories of heartbreak that lie inside those trends. The annual Steps for Life – Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy event offers the community a chance to pay it forward by supporting those living in the aftermath, and honours those true, personal stories.

Personal stories like Leea Boxall’s: Leea’s father, John, working as a courier, was struck and killed by the impaired driver of a stolen vehicle who went through a red light at high speed. This year, Leea will serve as spokesperson for the Regina Steps for Life walk. 

“There is a genuine sense of community being involved with the Steps for Life walk,” Leea says. “This is a group of people, like me, who have experienced pain and loss from workplace tragedy. For me, it is a healing experience to come together to support each other and honour the people we love with a positive focus on how we can make our workplaces safer. My hope is that the walk makes us all think about how we can be safe every day.”

A five‐kilometre walk, Steps for Life is the premier fundraiser for Threads of Life, a national charity which supports families affected by workplace tragedy. Thirty walks will take place across Canada this spring. The Regina event takes place on Sunday, May 6 at Wascana Park ‐ Lakeshore Park Totem Pole. 

Registration opens at 10:00 AM; and the walk kicks off at approximately 11:15 AM.

In addition to those personally affected by fatalities, serious injuries and occupational disease, Steps for Life includes local companies which raise pledges and enter teams, in order to demonstrate their commitment to health and safety.

More information:
www.stepsforlife.ca
www.threadsoflife.ca

Lynn Danbrook, Regional Development Coordinator ‐ Western Canada, Threads of Life
Toll‐free: 1‐888‐567‐9490 109; email: ldanbrook@threadsoflife.ca

About Threads of Life
The Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support (known as Threads of Life) is currently supporting the healing journey of more than 2,700 family members across Canada who have suffered from a workplace fatality, traumatic life‐altering
injury, or occupational disease. Charitable organization business #87524 8908 RR0001.