May 3, 2017
QUEEN’S PARK – In a member’s statement today in the Ontario Legislature, Windsor-Tecumseh MPP Percy Hatfield honoured a worker killed on the job with the reading of his daughter’s poetry.
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Sam Kuris grew up in Windsor and was killed in a workplace accident in British Columbia in 2011. His daughter, Silver, was seven at the time. She wrote a poem for her father when she was 10 and read it last Friday at Windsor’s annual Workers Day of Mourning ceremony.
“Silver Kuris is thirteen now. She lost her dad, Sam, to a workplace accident when she was seven. She wrote this poem when she was ten called ‘My Daddy’, Hatfield began.
“When I close my eyes at night, I make a wish with all my might, That my dad will come home safe to me, Do you think that could ever be?
I know my dad is up in heaven, He’s been there since I was seven. He sits up there and watches over me, He keeps me safe as I can be.
I miss my dad every day. Will anything ever be OK? I miss his hugs, I miss his kisses, But most of all I miss our reminisces, Of all the fun we had together, In sun and in rain, in all kinds of weather.
My brothers are brave, They pretend they don’t care. But I’ll tell you a secret, They hide it in there.
It’s not fair to lose a dad. It makes me sad, it makes me mad! Dads shouldn’t die, just going to work, It just isn’t right, that danger may lurk.
If I could change things, here’s what I’d do, I’d invent a new workplace, something new, A place where no one could ever get hurt, It would be like magic, do you think it would work?
No more tears and sadness, No more missing and badness, Every mom and Dad would come home safe, A world like that would never chafe.
When you go to work today, Play it safe, make it OK, So you can go home, safe and sound, To kiss your kids and be around.
I love you dad. Love, Silver”
Hatfield’s Private Member’s Bill 180, Workers Day of Mourning, passed into law in 2016 seeing all flags on public buildings in the province lowered on April 28 each year to honour those who were killed or injured on the job and to raise awareness about the importance of safety in the workplace.