Steps for Safety: A Walk in the Park to Remember Those Who No Longer Can
“A health and safety problem can be described by statistics but cannot be understood by statistics. It can only be understood by knowing and feeling the pain, anguish, depression and shattered hopes of the victim and of the wives, husbands, parents, children, grandparents and friends.”
– George Robotham, safety advocate
As part of NAOSH week, on Sunday May 2nd, I participated in the Threads of Life “Steps for Life” fundraising walk in Burnaby, BC.
The purpose of the walk was to raise awareness about the personal impact that a workplace tragedy – a fatality or life-altering occupational injury or disease – has on an individual, a family, a workplace and a community.
I was very honoured to be this year’s Family Spokesperson for the Burnaby event.
If you would like to read the short presentation I delivered, here is the link.
I actually hadn’t done any public speaking for awhile so I felt a bit rusty. But then again, speaking publicly about such an intensely personal and difficult experience will probably never be…a walk in the park.
And I’m okay with that because despite the pre-speech nerves and the vulnerability while speaking, I know that if just one person in any given audience is impacted enough by the story of John’s death to think about workplace safety in a different way – and maybe even act upon it – then it is worth every moment of my personal discomfort.
As of May 3rd, my peeps have donated $775 to Threads of Life in memory of John…so if you are one of those people, THANK YOU for your support!
If not – but you’d like to be – you can still donate here 🙂
The 5km walk itself in Burnaby Lake Regional Park was absolutely lovely! It was a day to remember…in remembrance of a great guy who is missed by many.
Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and the Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.