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Winter Memories

Winter is here and with the cooler air, I remember how the chill always affected Jim’s breathing. My husband, Jim, was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma and the colder air, while welcome after the summer heat, was always more difficult for him to enjoy.

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A Resolution of Permission

Ah, January, the beginning of a-new! A new year, and for many the time to start working on a new ‘you’. I am sure many of you – much like myself – have this grand vision of starting a workout routine – one that will stick this time.

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Many hands help meet the need

Over 2018, we’ve been highlighting the many ways our partners and sponsors contribute to Threads of Life’s vision and mission by growing awareness, growing our volunteer base and growing our participation. The fourth piece of the puzzle is growing our revenue.

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Volunteers: Threads in the Quilt of Threads of Life

Society has always benefited from volunteering. The idea of people giving their time and talents to help others with no expectation of receiving payment in return is timeless. What has changed is our attempts to quantify the value of volunteers, so that we can fully appreciate the magnitude of their contribution to our local and global community.

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Have Fun Raising Funds!

How to hold a fundraising event to support families of workplace tragedy: Each year, Threads of Life is most fortunate to be selected by companies across Canada to receive the proceeds from their fundraising events. A company may hold a golf tournament, hockey tournament or, in the case of one Threads of Life supporter, bring in a dunk tank and charge employees a few dollars for a chance to soak the boss.

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Transformative connection – Peer support in action

Family forums are annual events hosted to bring those most deeply affected by workplace tragedy together – to connect, share, learn, and ultimately heal from the devastating blow that has rocked their family. With sessions and workshops, shared meals and casual conversations, ceremony and celebration, it’s a full and busy weekend.

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Bluebird(s) of Happiness

The radio is almost always on at my house. As former reporters, my husband and I like to know what’s going on in the world. But there’s no question that it affects your mood. This morning, I had just decided to listen to music at my desk instead of news radio, when I looked out the window. An Eastern Bluebird fluttered down from the big balsam poplar tree into the grass. As I watched, a couple more settled in the branches.

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