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October 23rd 2012:Support for Families after Workplace Tragedy

Shirley Hickman in 2002 co-founded Threads of Life, A Workplace Tragedy Family Support Association, http://threadsoflife.ca/. She’s Executive Director and Family Program Manager. Fran DeFilippis, in 2001, after the birth of her second child, started a part-time chocolate truffle business. Shirley and Fran both experienced workplace tragedy. They describe their lives and work with Threads of Life. They discuss workplace tragedy’s consequences, and the needs for support and the challenges encountered by families and family caregivers in accessing support from insurance, worker compensation, empl

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Fran DeFilippis

Fran DeFilippis was the owner and operator of Inprint Business Printing Centre Inc., in Toronto, Canada. In 2000 she sold the business to her largest competitor. In 2001, after the birth of her second child, she became a chocolatier and started a part-time truffle company to keep her business skills polished. She was happily settling into young parenthood, with two children, Kirsten, and Marcus, when a workplace tragedy suddenly struck. Many things changed for her since that fateful day. Her life and her family's lives were forever changed. She was recently awarded a degree in child development, and she is now applying knowledge she acquired. She volunteers at Hospice King Aurora and is a v
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Shirley Hickman

Shirley Hickman in 2002 co-founded Threads of Life, A Workplace Tragedy Family Support Association. She’s the Executive Director and Family Program Manager. A traumatic workplace tragedy had changed forever her life and her family’s lives. Since then she’s focused on making a difference in workplace health and safety. In 2007 she received the YMCA of London’s Women of Excellence Award for Community Volunteerism and Humanity. In 2008 she became the third recipient of the IAPA-CME Health & Safety Leadership Award, which recognizes outstanding individuals who have contributed to innovation in and advancement of health and safety in the workplace and the community. In 2009, she presented at the
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