Honouring the Day of Mourning (Apr 13/21)

April 28th is the International Day of Mourning – a day for people around the world to remember and honour those who have died or been seriously injured at work. 

The Day of Mourning gives us all the opportunity to pause and remember, while we also renew our commitment to improve health and safety.

To support this effort, we are telling the story of Peter Kempton through his daughters, Shannon Kempton and Carinna Ladouceur. Peter died tragically on September 21, 2013 after an explosion at the auto shop where he worked.  Shannon and Carinna share their story of loss and the human impact of tragedy on their family. Peter's story is also featured in ads for TV and online, as an emotional reminder of the impact of workplace tragedies and the importance of workplace safety.

Visit dayofmourning.ns.ca for ways you can observe the Day of Mourning in your workplace. 

Read a joint statement on the 2021 Day of Mourning from Danny Cavanagh, President, Nova Scotia Federation of Labour; Stuart MacLean, Chief Executive Officer, WCB Nova Scotia; and Hon. Lena Metlege Diab, Q.C., Minister of Labour and Advanced Education.