The Howling Wolf

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.


Protect those who protect you this holiday season

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Emergency responders protect you from harm and this holiday season you can do the same for them.

The John Petropoulos Memorial Fund (JPMF) is urging business owners to keep their workplaces safe over the holiday season. At this time of year, many companies add decorations and undergo work site changes in an effort to get into the spirit of the season.

“We endorse this festive spirit, but we want to remind people to make sure their workplaces are safe for everyone, whether its employees, visitors or emergency services personnel who may need to attend your place of work,” says JPMF Managing Director Ian Wilson.

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How can you Protect Those Who Protect You?

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

We recently launched our Protect Those Who Protect You first responder safety awareness campaign.

Created in partnership with V Strategies Inc., Mount Royal University, Calgary EMS, the Calgary Police Service and the Calgary Fire Department, the campaign includes three new 30-second public service announcements (PSAs) that are currently airing on Shaw Direct and Shaw cable broadcast systems.

Audio versions of the TV spots are also being broadcast on radio stations across Canada.

So, how can you help to protect those who protect you?
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Protect Those Who Protect You campaign underway

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

The John Petropoulos Memorial Fund is excited to announce the launch of our Protect Those Who Protect You campaign.

The campaign includes three new 30-second public service announcements (PSAs) that are currently airing on Shaw Direct and Shaw cable broadcast systems.

Created in partnership with V Strategies Inc., Mount Royal University, Calgary EMS, Calgary Police Service and Calgary Fire Department, the PSAs are intended to show the potential impact of workplace and traffic hazards on first responders. {read more}

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Getting into the swing of things

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Volunteer season is upon us at the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund.

We have three major fundraising events coming up in August and September and they all require the help of volunteers.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up. Please let us know if you can help and if you can’t, help us spread the word!

CALGARY POLICE ASSOCIATION GOLF TOURNAMENT

The tournament takes place on Friday, Aug. 18th at River Spirit Golf Club and we need helpers for morning and afternoon shifts.

The morning shift runs from 7 am until 1 pm and the afternoon shift starts at noon and ends around 6 pm.

Volunteers will set up off the greens of par 3 holes, where they will watch for hole-in-ones – big prizes are up for grabs for any golfer who makes a hole-in-one.

JPMF helpers will also sell raffle tickets and 50/50 tickets to the golfers.

Dress for this event is casual and volunteers are asked to be prepared for a variety of weather conditions: please bring a hat, sunscreen, bug spray and a foldable chair. Food and beverages are complimentary for volunteers, who are also welcome to stay for a warm meal at the luncheon/banquet following their shift. In addition, volunteers can use the driving range free of charge when their shift is complete.

SHAW CHARITY CLASSIC

We will be operating a stand at the Shaw Charity Classic golf tournament on Saturday, Sept. 2nd at Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club.

Helpers are needed at the popular tournament to cook, sell and serve food and beverages to golf fans from 9 am until 4 pm.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. A volunteer orientation meeting will take place at 10 am, Aug. 26th at the golf course.

CASINO CALGARY 

Our next casino event will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 26th and Wednesday, Sept. 27th at Casino Calgary.

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we will need dozens of volunteers to help out so let us know if you can make it!

Here’s what you need to know about the event:

  • WHEN: Sept. 26-27, 2017
  • SHIFT TIMES: Day shifts are 10:30 am-7 pm; Night shifts are 6 pm-3 am; Count room shifts are 10 pm-3 am
  • WHERE: Casino Calgary, 1420 Meridian Rd NE (southeast of 16 Ave. and Barlow Trail NE)
  • ATTIRE: Dress is casual – feel free to wear jeans
  • WHY: This is our biggest fundraiser of the year!
  • PERKS: All volunteers are eligible to receive a free meal at the casino restaurant, in addition to complimentary snacks and beverages

All of these events are volunteer-driven – we are unable to participate if we don’t get enough volunteer help so please help us if you can!

Contact JPMF Managing Director Ian Wilson at ian@jpmf.ca to help out or find out more about each event.

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Looking for volunteers who are up to par

Monday, July 10th, 2017

The Calgary Police Association’s annual charity golf tournament – benefiting the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund – is coming up and we’re looking for a few volunteers to chip in.

The tournament takes place on Friday, Aug. 18th at River Spirit Golf Club and we need helpers for morning and afternoon shifts.

The morning shift runs from 7 am until 1 pm and the afternoon shift starts at noon and ends around 6 pm. {read more}

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Saddle Up for Stampede Safety

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Giddy up! The Calgary Stampede is just a few weeks away.

The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth returns July 7-16, bringing with it all kinds of fun and exciting activities.

But the Stampede also brings more than a 10-gallon hat full of potential hazards to the city, so it’s time to saddle up and have a quick read of our workplace safety questions.

Keep in mind, our mission is to protect first responders – these safety tips focus on things you can do to help keep them safe on the job. That said, when you create a safer world for emergency responders, you create a safer environment for everyone.  {read more}

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