Day of mourning

On April 28 Williams Lake residents are invited to pay tribute to the 143 British Columbians who died on the job last year.

On April 28 Williams Lake residents are invited to pay tribute to the 143 British Columbians who died on the job last year.

The annual Day of Mourning – a nation-wide event – will take place locally at the cenotaph by City hall at 11 a.m.

The somber ceremony is intended to serve as a tribute and a reminder to employers and employees to be safe on the job, says Joan Sorley, tribute volunteer.

In 2010, two of the 143 workers killed in the province were from the Cariboo region.

“It should be a shock when someone dies on the job. It’s never okay; it’s absolutely devastating,” says Sorley.

Members of the public and workers regardless of union affiliation or not are welcome to attend the memorial. The public is also invited to lay a rose after the ceremony in memory of a loved one who has been hurt or killed on the job.

Canada was the first nation to recognize the Day of Mourning. Since 1984, acknowledgement of the day has spread to many countries and is now observed around the world.

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