Dean Karjalainen

Photo of Dean  Karjalainen , 21
This worker is represented on the LifeQuilt

Dean Karjalainen - 21

Thunder Bay, ON - Transportation
Dean was killed in a motor vehicle crash while doing deliveries for a courier company on June 13, 1988. During Dean’s eulogy, the minister said, “Dean was still young and did not leave a big estate behind, but he still did leave an inheritance in that he became a heart and kidney donor. In this, we are quite proud of him – that he had the forethought to sign his donor card at his young age.”
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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: