Honouring lives lost and recognizing importance of workplace safety

Today in Williams Lake and across Williams Lake and across B.C., we pause on the national Day of Mourning.

Editor:

Today in Williams Lake and across Williams Lake and across B.C., we pause on the national Day of Mourning to honour those whose lives were tragically cut short or changed forever by injury in the workplace.

We remember and recognize them because they are our friends, our mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, daughters and sons — those who we will always hold near and dear to our hearts.

We also gather to support the families, friends and colleagues whose lives have been permanently changed.

No words can adequately capture the impact of this kind of loss on families, co-workers and communities.

To the families, we want you to know we honour your loved ones. They are not forgotten.

Improvements have been made to ensure safety in workplaces throughout B.C., but even one life lost or one serious injury is one too many.

Every employer and every British Columbian must be aware to ensure worker safety is always the first thing we think about on a worksite.

By working together we can make a difference in our workplaces and in our communities.

So let us renew our commitment to each other today, on this day of remembrance.

Donna Barnett

Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA