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Just as our wolf logo symbolizes the leadership, loyalty, strength of character and sense of family that is displayed by emergency responders, The Howling Wolf serves as the voice of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. A wolf’s howl attracts other members of the pack, invites communication and creates a strong bond between pack members. We hope this blog will have the same impact on emergency responders, workplace safety professionals and traffic safety advocates, bringing us all together in the same pack and providing valuable information about workplace safety issues affecting first responders.

Check in frequently for updates on JPMF events and initiatives, interesting research and to add your own howl to our pack.


20th Anniversary Video

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

John Petropoulos Memorial Fund 20th Anniversary Video – Ready to View!

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“If you change nothing, nothing will change.”

- Tony Robbins

In honour of the 20th anniversary of John’s death on Sept 29th, 2020, the JPMF is releasing a special 20th anniversary video. A huge heartfelt thank you to the Calgary Police Service Video Unit for producing this beautiful video!

It is a wonderful tribute to John and highlights the achievements of the JPMF over the past two decades. 

You can view the anniversary video (7 min) on the JPMF You Tube Channel

Enjoy! 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

— Margaret Mead

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Fallen Officer Memorial Coverage

Monday, September 28th, 2020

Media Coverage of 22nd Annual Police & Peace Officers’ Memorial in Calgary

Maryanne Pope & Ian Vernon Photo by Darren Makowichuk DMakowichuk@postmedia.com

Maryanne Pope & Const. Ian Vernon of the Calgary Police Service, Sept 27th 2020, photo by Darren Makowichuk, DMakowichuk@postmedia.com

Const. John Petropoulos’ widow, Maryanne Pope, lays wreath on behalf of families

On Sunday Sept 27th, 2020, JPMF Director Maryanne Pope attended the 22nd Annual Police & Peace Officers’ Memorial in Calgary, Alberta. In honour of the 20th anniversary of John’s death on Sept 29th, Maryanne was the family representative this year and laid a wreath on behalf of families who have lost a police or peace officer in the line of duty.

One of the JPMF co-founders, recruit classmate & close friend of John’s, Inspector Joel Matthews, was also in attendance at the service. Due to COVID19, there were significantly less officers in attendance and it was not a public event this year.  

Here is the media coverage of the ceremony:

Global News

CTV News

A sincere thank you to Global & CTV for the beautiful coverage of this important service. Thank you also for mentioning the JPMF’s new “Casket” workplace safety public service announcement. We greatly appreciate the support of the media over the years and simply could not do the public awareness work we do without you. Thank you. 

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Maryanne laying wreath on behalf of families, photo courtesy of CTV Calgary

About the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund

The JPMF was started shortly after the death of Calgary Police Constable John Petropoulos on Sept 29th, 2000. John was investigating a break and enter complaint when he stepped through a false ceiling, fell nine feet into the lunchroom below and died of a brain injury. There was no safety railing to warn him of the danger; the complaint turned out to be a false alarm.

John was 32.

The JPMF is a registered Canadian charity that raises public awareness about workplace safety issues and educates people about why & how to ensure their workplaces and the roads are safer for everyone, including emergency responders. For further information, please visit jpmf.ca.  

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Watch the “Casket” PSA

Sunday, September 27th, 2020

Since 2000, there have been 20,000 Workplace Fatalities in Canada – Watch the “Casket” PSA

 

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One workplace fatality is one too many…20,000 deaths since 2000 is unacceptable

In honour of the 20th anniversary of Const. John Petropoulos’ death on Sept 29th, 2020, the JPMF is launching our latest public service announcement (our 9th) entitled “Casket.” This powerful PSA was produced by Mathieu Martel of Moving Mountains.

Since John fell to his death at an unsafe workplace in 2000, more than 20,000 Canadians have died as a result of their work – either due to injury or occupational illness.

To raise awareness about this staggering statistic, the 30-second “Casket” PSA (animated) visually shows just how high a tower of 20,000 caskets would be, if stacked on top of one another: 40,000 feet. Each casket represents a human life lost – a real person, not just a number.

Is this the legacy we want to be building for workers – and their loved ones – in Canada?

Please click here to view the new “Casket” PSA.

To learn more about how to make your workplace & the roads safer for all workers, please view our safety videos and check out our safety tips

Thank you & stay safe.

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About the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund

The JPMF was started shortly after the death of Calgary Police Constable John Petropoulos on Sept 29th, 2000. John was investigating a break and enter complaint when he stepped through a false ceiling, fell nine feet into the lunchroom below and died of a brain injury. There was no safety railing to warn him of the danger; the complaint turned out to be a false alarm.

John was 32.

The JPMF is a registered Canadian charity that raises public awareness about workplace safety issues and educates people about why & how to ensure their workplaces and the roads are safer for everyone, including emergency responders. For further information, please visit jpmf.ca.  

 

 

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Heads-Up for Sept 29th

Monday, September 14th, 2020

Heads-Up for Sept 29th – 20th Anniversary Launch of Two New Videos

John in Uniform

John receiving his badge from Calgary Police Chief Christine Silverberg in 1997

 

“One day we will remember how lucky we were to have known their love, with wonder, not grief.”

- Elizabeth Postle

 

Sept 29th Will Be the 20th Anniversary of John’s Death

We were hoping to have a special event on Sept 29th to remember John and celebrate the achievements of the JPMF – but due to COVID19, we are postponing this event for a year or two. 

However, in honour of this landmark anniversary, the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund will be launching two new videos on Sept 29th:  

1. 20th Anniversary Video

A special 20th anniversary memorial video highlighting the JPMF’s accomplishments over the past 20 years has been produced by the Calgary Police Service Video Unit. 

2. “Casket” Public Service Announcement

Since John’s death in 2000, more than 20,000 Canadians have died as the result of their work – either due to injury or occupational illness. The JPMF will be releasing our newest public service announcement (our ninth PSA) to raise public awareness about this staggering statistic.

Stay tuned. 

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About the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund

The JPMF was started shortly after the death of Constable John Petropoulos on Sept 29th, 2000. John was investigating a break and enter complaint when he stepped through a false ceiling, fell nine feet into the lunchroom below and succumbed to brain injuries. There was no safety railing to warn him of the danger. He was 32.

The JPMF is a registered Canadian charity that raises public awareness about workplace safety issues and educates people about why & how to ensure their workplaces are safe for everyone, including emergency responders. For further information, please visit jpmf.ca.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Casket Project Full Steam Ahead

Monday, September 14th, 2020

Casket Project Full Steam Ahead

 

Rebecca and Caitlin holding photo of Lance Orr

L to R: Caitlin & Rebecca Orr holding photo of Lance Orr

 

Short update on the “Casket” Video Project…

If you are not yet familiar with the new JPMF project in the works, this is it in a nutshell:

Since Const. John Petropoulos’ death (as the result of a preventable fall at unsafe workplace) in 2000, more than 20,000 Canadians have died as the result of their work – either due to injury or occupational disease. As far as we’re concerned, this number is both staggering & unacceptable.

The “Casket” project is a multi-phase public awareness campaign comprised of PSAs, short videos, a documentary and other educational messaging that raises awareness about the issue of worker & workplace safety in Canada. 

For more information, please visit the JPMF newsroom

First Casket PSA – Tower of Caskets

The first Public Service Announcement (PSA) is an animated spot that visually demonstrates what 20,000 fatalities looks like. This powerful PSA is nearly finished & will be launched on Sept 29th, 2020 – the 20th anniversary of John’s death.

Second PSA – Some Faces Behind the Stats

A second PSA and/or short video is also in the works. This video will show some of the faces behind the statistics. A heartfelt thank you to all the family members who have contributed photos of your loved one to the project so far. We sincerely appreciate you participating in this important project and hope that by working together, we can help bring these numbers down. 

Because one death is one too many.

For further details on the photo project, here is the link

We Are Still Accepting Photos From Family Members 

If you have a lost a loved one to a workplace fatality in Canada, we are still accepting photographs for the project. If you would like to participate, please contact our Family Liaison Coordinator, Rebecca Orr, at: Rebecca@jpmf.ca.

Here Are a Few More Photos We Have Received So Far…

Photo of Virginia Campeau holding photo of Paul CROPPED

Virginia Campeau holding photo of Paul Campeau

 

Casket Cheryl Shock with photo of Sean Bradley CROPPED JPEG

Cheryl Shock with photo of Sean Bradley

 

Photo of Ashling holding photo of Cathal CROPPED FINAL

Ashling Boyd holding photo of Cathal Boyd

 

Jack and Katie Dexter holding photo of Bryan Benay

Jack & Katie Dexter holding photo of Bryan Benay

 

Photo of Michelle Fitch holding picture of Tim

Michelle Fitch holding photo of Tim DesGrosseilliers

 

Robbie and Renee Vinnicombe Parents of David

Robbie & Renee Vinnicombe with photo of David Vinnicombe

“When like-minded people come together, they make a huge difference.”

- Madhuri Jagtap

About the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund

The JPMF was started shortly after the death of Constable John Petropoulos on Sept 29th, 2000. John was investigating a break and enter complaint when he stepped through a false ceiling, fell nine feet into the lunchroom below and succumbed to brain injuries. There was no safety railing to warn him of the danger. He was 32.

The JPMF is a registered Canadian charity that raises public awareness about workplace safety issues and educates people about why & how to ensure their workplaces are safe for everyone, including emergency responders. For further information, please visit jpmf.ca.  

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Thanks to Golf Tourney Volunteers!

Monday, September 14th, 2020

Thank You to Our Golf Tourney Volunteers!

 

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 “The heart of a volunteer is never measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.”

- DeAnn Hollis

A huge heartfelt thank you to all the volunteers who sold raffle tickets at the Calgary Police Association’s Golf Tournament in Calgary on Aug 20th!

We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to help out & hope you had a great day :)

All funds raised from the sale of raffle tickets & 50/50 draws will go to the JPMF. We don’t know yet how much money was raised..but when we do, we’ll let you know. 

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