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Fundraiser created for family of Kamloops man killed in workplace accident

Wade Lieuwen, 34, died in an Oct. 15 accident at River City Fibre on Mission Flats Road
The Lieuwen family
The Lieuwen family.

An online fundraiser has been launched to help the family of a Kamloops man killed in a workplace accident last week.

Wade Lieuwen, 34, died in an Oct. 15 accident at River City Fibre on Mission Flats Road.

The fundraiser at gofundme.com was started by the Reeds, family friends of the Lieuwens. Gary Reed is a partner at A&T Project Developments and his wife, Caitlyn, launched the fundraiser.

The goal is to raise $100,000 to help Wade’s widow, Megan, and their two children, 10-year-old Sienna and eight-year-old Brylee.

In explaining the fundraiser, Caitlyn said the Lieuwens had recently started their own industrial equipment and repair company after Wade's career with Finning.

“If you’ve known Megan and Wade, you know that they are dreamers,” Caitlyn wrote. “Because of the clear intention behind their every action, they’ve made these dreams come true. They faced challenges and hurdles along the way, but they persevered. Every decision they’ve made has been for their family’s happiness, balance and the betterment of those around them. They are authentic, talented, honest, hard-working people with envious small-town charm.”

Caitlyn said the family is now faced with an “enormous hurdle,” which is why the fundraiser was created.

In the first day of the fundraiser, Oct. 20, more than $37,000 has been raised.

The fundraiser can be found by clicking here

The cause of the death is not yet clear. Both WorkBC and the BC Coroners Service are investigating the death.

“I can confirm that we are investigating a death matching the date and location you’ve provided,” BC Coroners Service spokesperson Ryan Panton told KTW in response to a query. “As the investigation remains open, we’re unable to provide any additional information at this time.”

River City Fibre is located at 1880 Mission Flats Rd., across from the Domtar pulp mill. River City chips grade 3 logs unsuitable for other uses to create wood chips, sawdust and hog fuel. The wood chips are used for Domtar’s pulp production while the hog fuel is used as an energy source or for wood pellet production.