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Red Shirt Foundation gaining momentum

It’s been two months since the shooting at Nanaimo’s Western Forest Products mill, and the foundation started by family and friends of one of the victims is gaining momentum.

Fred McEachern and Michael Lunn were killed and two others were injured in the tragedy. The Red Shirt Foundation was named in honour of Lunn’s signature work-wear, and has now raised nearly $9,500.

That money is supporting the foundation it its efforts to get incorporated, create a webpage and start some programming. Foundation Chair and Founding Director Lynn Jacques says they’ll focus specifically on addressing violence in the workplace.

Lynn says, from what they’ve heard so far, the work is definitely needed. The Foundation will work with employers and employees to build awareness of potential violence in the workplace and respond to concerns or conflicts before they escalate.

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