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.


Scholarships making a difference

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

We recently received an update from the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) regarding the John Petropoulos Endowment Scholarship and the difference it’s making to students there.

“Awards help our students achieve their academic and personal goals,” said UFV Director of Advancement Sherri Magson in a letter to the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund.

“The endowment fund … provides an enduring legacy.”

The School of Criminology & Criminal Justice at UFV – which John Petropoulos attended in 1995 – now has approximately 500 students and it offers a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, a diploma in Criminal Justice and an Honour’s program.  {read more}

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Seeking Half Marathon volunteers

Monday, March 19th, 2018

The John Petropoulos Memorial Fund is once again pleased to be helping out at the Calgary Police Half Marathon, taking place on Sunday, April 29th.

We will be hosting a water station for the runners in South Glenmore Park and we’re looking for volunteers to help mix Gatorade, fill cups with water and hand out beverages to race participants. Help is also needed with water station setup and keeping the site clean. No previous experience is required and volunteers are needed from 7:45 am until 11 am.

Parking is available near the water station and helpers are asked to dress appropriately. No matter what the forecast calls for, volunteers should bring gloves, hats, toques and coats.

If you’re interested in helping out, please contact JPMF Managing Director Ian Wilson at ian@jpmf.ca

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Stay up to date with us on social media

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

If you feel like your missing out on the latest happenings with the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund (JPMF), please consider following us on social media and signing up for our newsletter.

While we do our best to add content to our website, we are more active on social media.

Here’s where you can find us on social media:  {read more}

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2017 John Petropoulos Leadership Award Winners

Monday, December 18th, 2017

The 2017 John Petropoulos Leadership Award winners have been announced and the recipients have been honoured.

The award – a collaboration between the JPMF and the Calgary Police Service (CPS) – is given on an annual basis to a member from District 6, where Const. John Petropoulos worked as a police officer, as well as an officer from District 1.

It recognizes constables who display those attributes that John himself demonstrated – integrity, dedication to police work, commitment to excellence, courage and honour. The award includes a cash prize and a stay at a luxury hotel. The prize offers an opportunity for the award recipients to enjoy a getaway with loved ones and hopefully leave the stresses of police work behind for a few days. {read more}

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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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