Day of mourning for workers

The annual Day of Mourning, April 28, commemorates workers who have been killed, injured, or suffered illness as a result of their jobs.

According to WorkSafe BC, in British Columbia last year 143 workers died and 95,600 were injured.

The Canadian Labour Congress initiated the national Day of Mourning in 1984. Canada was the first country to formally commemorate workers who have been killed at work and 27 years later, the Day of Mourning is observed throughout the world.

The North Okanagan Labour Council and WorkSafe BC will hold a ceremony in Kelowna with presentations by:

• Kelowna mayor Sharon Shepherd

• Debra Critchley, delegate, North Okanagan Labour Council

• Shawn Mitton, regional prevention manager, WorkSafeBC

• Nick Perry, injured young worker

• Phil Huxley, father of fatally injured worker.

The event starts at 12:30 p.m. at Ben Lee Park, at the corner of Franklyn and Houghton Roads in Rutland.

Parking is available on Houghton Road.

A list of ceremonies around B.C. can be found at


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