Making mental health mandatory

2012 shooting tragedy triggers campaign for awareness, change
By Katie Burrell
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/17/2015

Is there potential for positivity to come of tragedy? On Jun. 15, 2012, when Travis Baumgartner shot four of his co-workers while they performed a routine cash transfer at HUB Mall in Edmonton, it didn’t seem that there could ever be a silver lining. Brian Ilesic, Eddie Rejano and Michelle Shegelski lost their lives; their families lost parents, children and partners. Matthew Schuman was rushed to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the head; his life would never be the same.

In the days, weeks and months following the brutal attack, the fallout rippled across the Teamsters Local Union 362, which represented the workers. Families struggled with the devastation of losing a loved one. Employees battled with feeling unsafe in their workplaces. Most tragically, three lives were taken, and a fourth was dramatically altered.