London, Ontario , 17 October 2011 — Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) donated $2,000 raised at the Windsor Clinic’s Annual OHCOW Golf Tournament, held on September 22nd to Threads of Life, a national Canadian charity offering peer support programs and services for families affected by a workplace tragedy, including fatalities, life-altering injuries and occupational diseases.
Mark Parent, Executive Director, OHCOW’s Windsor & Sarnia Clinics, explains, “Our clinics provide workers and their employers with occupational health services and information with the aim to treat and prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths. Threads of Life provides valuable support to these families. We chose to donate the proceeds to this charity because of their unwavering commitment to offer hope and helping families struggling in the aftermath of a workplace tragedy or the long-term effects of injuries and occupational diseases.”
OHCOW provides much needed support to workers and employers to prevent work-related occupational disease. When a worker is diagnosed, OHCOW will link the worker to the most appropriate health-related resources in their community to get the medical support they need. Shirley Hickman, Threads of Life’s Executive Director says, “Threads of Life is here for these same families - to provide on-going family support and opportunities to learn healthy coping skills as they face these challenges. OHCOW’s donation will go directly to supporting these programs. Ultimately, Threads of Life and OHCOW are both working to prevent future work-related injuries and illnesses by raising awareness of the reality of workplace tragedy.”
About Threads of Life
The Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support (known as Threads of Life) was created in 2003. The Canadian charity supports the healing journey of families who have suffered from a workplace fatality, traumatic life-altering injury, or occupational disease. It supports more than 1,200 families across Canada affected by workplace tragedies. Charitable organization business #87524 8908 RR0001.
Threads of Life’s Family Support programs and services includes annual Regional Family Forums across Canada, peer support from trained volunteers who have also experienced a workplace tragedy, subscription to a quarterly newsletter, Threads, and links to existing community resources. The Family Forums feature a signature Reflections Ceremony where families light a candle in honour of their loved one affected by workplace tragedy.
Threads of Life also offers employers access to a national Speakers Bureau of volunteers who speak out about the impact of a workplace injury or fatality in their lives. The Speakers Bureau is a popular program used successfully by employers to help re-engage its workforce to work safely.
It recently launched its first book, Forget Me Not – Canadian Stories of Workplace Tragedy from the Families’ Perspective as a wake-up call to counter complacency in the workplace around health and safety. This popular book is in high-demand. Many companies have given them to their employees as part of their health and safety initiatives and events. The book retails for $19.99.