Matthew Halpin

Photo of Matthew  Halpin , 22
This worker is represented on the LifeQuilt

Matthew Halpin - 22

Langara Island, BC - Tourism/Recreation
Matthew was working as a guide at a fishing lodge. On June 2, 1998, Matthew and another guide went fishing. When their boat capsized, the two men managed to hang on to it for eight hours. When no help arrived, they tried to swim to shore. Matthew was caught in the kelp and drowned; the other guide survived. No one knew they were missing. There were no life jackets on board the boat. Matthew was a third year university student who loved the outdoors. He was bright, well liked and had great potential for his future.
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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: