2021 Day of Mourning

Posted on April 28, 2021 8:25 am

To All my Brothers and Sisters on this Annual Day of Mourning

Every year on the day of mourning I am reminded of my own story of what this day means to me. Back in the spring of 1998 my brother Dwight Hilton was killed in an Industrial accident. He was clearing a jam on a paper machine at the mill where he was working. A task he had done hundreds of times before.  What went wrong this time? Who knows? More like, why didn’t happen sooner? That is the personal meaning of this day to me, this is why prevention is the key, look at what you are doing and can it hurt you or a co-worker?

My brother left two beautiful daughters who grew up without him, three lovely little grand babies do not get to know a wonderful caring grandfather. So when you go to work tomorrow and throughout the year , remember that someone waits for you to come home or to someday walk them down the aisle. No job is worth the loss that others will feel when you do not make the trip home.

So please take care of yourselves and your Brothers and Sisters , remember this also extends to the after work , the weekends and turn arounds where struggles and addictions can take their tolls, keep an eye out for warning signs, reach out to someone or anyone if you suspect someone needs help or you do.

Glen Hilton
Business Manager
Financial Secretary
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Due to the global pandemic, ceremonies for the Day of Mourning are being held online. There will be a ceremony streamed from the Kamloops & District Labour Council's website at 7:00 pm on April 28th, 2021. There will also be a Day of Mourning Car Parade being held in Kamloops, starting at the Kamloops Court House parking lot at 5:00 pm.