2012 Walk for Truth
AREA Fund's mission is to raise funds for asbestos-related research, education and advocacy projects, and to raise awareness of the devastating effects of asbestos use. To this end, AREA Fund hosts the "Walk for Truth - Asbestos Kills" event each June in Powell River, BC.
The first annual Walk for Truth was a success!
Over 100 people participated in the AREA Fund’s first annual “Walk for Truth” - 30 were out of town guests. We are truly grateful for the effort that people made to attend, for the community support, and of course the support from all of our sponsors and volunteers. A local newspaper reporter covered the event, as did the CBC.
We received many compliments regarding the guest speakers; they did a terrific job:
Mike Verdiel, President of Local 76, CEP
Scott McCloy, Communications Director, WorkSafeBC
Dr. Christopher Lee, Medical Oncologist
Ross Cooper, lost his father to mesothelioma
Pat Martin, Winnipeg MP, fighting to ban asbestos
Nicholas Simons, Powell River - Sunshine Coast MLA
Lee Loftus, Business Manager, BC Insulators Local 118
Wonderful Unexpected Outcomes of the Event
Impromptu Meeting between Politicians & Labour Representatives
After the walk, Winnipeg MP Pat Martin, local MLA Nicholas Simons, and Mayor Dave Formosa had an impromptu meeting with labour representatives to discuss potential asbestos-related initiatives, such as incentives for asbestos removal from private homes, and the need for federal, provincial and municipal subsidies for this. They also touched on asbestos awareness and education for the public.
Creation of Asbestos FAQs for Homeowners by WorkSafeBC
After the Walk, AREA Fund received emails with many questions about identifying and removing asbestos from their homes. We were unable to find a comprehensive source of information; so we reached out to WorkSafeBC. They didn’t have anything either, but said they would create something. They created “Asbestos: FAQs for homeowners” which contains a series of questions and answers (many are questions provided by AREA Fund) about identifying and removing asbestos from homes.