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.


Don’t Stop Screaming Into the Abyss

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

By IAN WILSON

Screaming into the abyss can produce some interesting responses. Sometimes you hear an echo. At times the silence is deafening. But if you wait long enough, you just might hear it.

When I began working for the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund (JPMF) some 13 years ago, I knew little about who Const. John Petropoulos was and even less about how the Memorial Fund worked.

But I was excited about working for a non-profit organization and promoting positive change in the world.  {read more}

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Workplace Safety Lessons From a Global Pandemic

Monday, May 25th, 2020

It’s been a sprawling, unsettling and uncertain time – the kind that only comes around once every hundred years or so.

Lives have been lost, as have livelihoods. Priorities have shifted.

What – if anything – have we learned from COVID-19? At its best, this pandemic has proved to be inconvenient. At its worst, it’s been fatal.

It’s said that crisis brings opportunity. Indeed, the ultimate tragedy would be to learn absolutely nothing from these last few months. {read more}

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Fight For the Living & Mourn the Dead

Monday, April 27th, 2020

The Day of Mourning – which honours those people who have lost their lives as a result of a workplace incident or illness – takes place on April 28th.

Last year in Alberta, 165 men and women died as a result of an unsafe work site. Across Canada, an average of over 950 Canadians die as a result of occupational incidents each year. Please take time to honour these fallen workers – mourn the dead and fight for the living.

While Day of Mourning ceremonies typically take place across the country, the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted observances online. Please seek out a virtual event or simply observe a moment of silence at 11 am on April 28th.  {read more}

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Unexpected Honour

Monday, February 10th, 2020

Maryanne Pope, the board chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund, received an unexpected honour recently.

Maryanne was invited to speak at a Calgary Police Veterans Association (CPVA) luncheon at the Cuff N Billy social club on Feb. 5th.

After telling the audience about Const. John Petropoulos and the origins of the Memorial Fund, she updated those in attendance about the JPMF’s safety efforts in the years since John passed away.  {read more}

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John Petropoulos Leadership Award Winners Announced

Monday, January 13th, 2020

The 2019 John Petropoulos Leadership Award (JPLA) winners were recently selected and presented with prizes for their exemplary police work.

The award – given annually by the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund in partnership with the Calgary Police Service (CPS) – is handed out to one constable from District 6 and one constable from District 1.

It honours recipients who possess characteristics similar to those that CPS Const. John Petropoulos displayed, including integrity, dedication to police work, commitment to excellence, courage, and honour. The award includes a cash prize and a stay at a luxury hotel.  {read more}

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Put Some Resolve in Your Safety Resolutions

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

Welcome to a new year and a new decade!

January is typically a month of resolutions for people. It’s a time when people commit to do – or not do – something in an effort to improve their lives.

When it comes to resolutions there can be a tendency to easily cast them aside or forget about them, but we’d encourage you to show a little more commitment to any safety-focused resolutions you may be considering or have already taken on. In short, put some resolve in your resolutions.

So, what does that mean exactly? Well, here are three tips to help you achieve success with your safety resolutions in 2020. {read more}

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