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Steps for Life walks helping Canadian families cope

By Adam Freill   

Health & Safety Leadership

Toronto walk to help families impacted by workplace tragedies sets event record as fundraisers continue across the country.

Representatives from the Flynn Group of Companies taking part in the Toronto Steps for Life 5K walk.
(Photo courtesy of Steps for Life)

Toronto’s Steps for Life walk, held this past weekend at Coronation Park by the Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support (also known as Threads of Life), raised over $82,000 – a fundraising record for the event, which uses monies raised to help support families affected by life-altering workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths.

Sharon Freeman and the Toronto Steps for Life team hosted the welcome back edition of the organization’s in-person walks, kicking off the annual Steps for Life campaign across Canada. Presentations included comments from system partners as well as from Marleen Pitruzzella, who addressed participants as a family spokesperson. Lee-Anne Lyon-Bartley and Dan Fleming served as emcees as the group welcomed the sunny and warm weather for the day’s events.

The five-kilometre fundraising walk was the first of many that are being held across the country from now until the end of May. More than 20 communities are hosting 5K events, and there’s even an option for those unable to take part in a scheduled walk. Those wishing to participate at home can pick a local route to follow on a date of their choosing prior to the end of May. Registration details for that option are available on the walk’s registration page.

Funds raised help train family members to become injury prevention champions and speakers, help families learn healthy coping skills, and allow family members to receive peer support from a volunteer family guide.


For more information, or to find a walk near you, please visit the Steps for Life page.






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