Courtney Ruth Riley

Photo of Courtney Ruth Riley , 17
This worker is represented on the LifeQuilt

Courtney Ruth Riley - 17

Stratford, PE - Transportation
On August 24, 2001, our daughter Courtney was finishing her final day of work with the Young Environmentalist Program. Part of her job entailed traveling in her supervisor’s car along with her co-workers to each job site. Her supervisor did not have a chauffeur’s license or defensive driving skills. As they were leaving a wrap up barbecue to return to the office to finish the day, the car she was in was struck by a truck hauling a large flatbed trailer. She was killed instantly. Courtney was a quiet, caring girl. She had a great sense of humour, could always make you laugh, was interested in art and music, loved animals, especially her dog Gizmo. We miss her beautiful smile, sparkling blue eyes, but most of all we miss Courtney. Forever in our hearts and minds.
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In Canada, workplace fatalities claim roughly 1,000 lives every year. Thousands more suffer from serious injuries and illnesses. And every one of those deaths, injuries and illnesses has a devastating effect on family members, friends and co-workers. Through the LifeQuilt, families honoured 100 young workers killed in Canadian workplaces, as well as injured workers, by telling their stories. The following is a list of all young workers represented on the Quilt: