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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.


Have You Been Impacted by Workplace Tragedy?

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

Have You Been Impacted by a Workplace Fatality in Canada?

Julie Hamilton holding a photo of her son, Tim

Julie Hamilton and her son, Tim

 If so, we would like to hear from you.

The John Petropoulos Memorial Fund is reaching out to family members who have lost a loved one due to a workplace fatality in Canada, either through injury or occupational illness.

We are in the early phases of creating a new public awareness campaign and are looking for people who would like to submit photographs of their loved ones.

Here are the details:

Casket” Video Project – Public Awareness Campaign

Snapshot: Calgary police officer Const John Petropoulos died in the line of duty on Sept 29th, 2000. John was investigating a break and enter complaint when he stepped through an unmarked false ceiling and fell to his death. There was no safety railing in place to warn him – or anyone else – of the danger.

Since John’s death, nearly 20,000 Canadians have died as the result of a workplace injury or illness. Although this number is staggering, many people are likely unaware of the cumulative – and steadily growing – death toll.

In reality, however, that number is likely 10 to 13 times higher.

Significant underestimation of workplace deaths

This project will be comprised of four videos that will share a similar look, feel and tone: one or two PSAs, a short video and a full-length documentary. These videos will be produced and distributed in phases over the next few years.

Phase 1: The first PSA (30-sec) will show the sheer volume of 20,000 deaths through the imagery of a growing tower of caskets (animated). This PSA will be aired on TV, shown on the JPMF website, You Tube channel and partner websites, as well as shared on social media.

Phase 2: The second PSA (30-sec) will show both the mounting death toll of deceased workers and the exponential number of loved ones left behind to pick up the pieces. This PSA will be animated but may include a real-life photo/s component. This PSA will be aired on TV, shown on the JPMF website, You Tube channel and partner websites, as well as shared on social media.

Phase 3: Through *photos, this short video (90-sec to 2-min) will highlight some of the real people behind the numbers (deceased workers and their loved ones) – to reflect the human loss associated with workplace fatalities. This video will be shown on the JPMF website, You Tube channel and partner websites as well as shared on social media.

Phase 4: Through multiple interviews reflecting a broad spectrum of workplace safety perspectives, the full-length documentary (approx. 90 min) will explore how we got to where we are (in terms of the unacceptable number of workplace fatalities) and what is being done – and not done – to help bring about a stronger culture of workplace safety for all Canadians.

Ultimately, we aim to continue partnering with like-minded individuals and organizations to help bring these numbers DOWN. As far as we’re concerned, one workplace fatality is one too many.

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Background: The John Petropoulos Memorial Fund (JPMF) is a registered Canadian charity. The JPMF was started shortly after John’s death for the purpose of raising public awareness about why and how people can make their workplaces – including the roads – safer for everyone, including first responders.

The JPMF has produced a 10-min safety video, as well as eight 30-second PSAs that have aired on TV over 2 million times. For further info or to view the videos please visit jpmf.ca.

*Call to family members who have been impacted by workplace fatality: if you have lost a family member to a workplace fatality (due to injury or occupational illness) and are interested in participating in this project, we would like to hear from you.

We are looking for people who would be interested in sending us a photograph of your loved one, as well as a photo of you holding that same photo. These photos will be used in the public awareness campaign.

Please note, we will need to receive the photos by August 1st, 2020.

To find out how to participate (i.e. what we need from you in terms of photo parameters, resolution, etc), please contact our Casket Video Project Family Liaison, Rebecca Orr at rebecca@jpmf.ca.

For further information about the Casket video project, please contact Maryanne Pope (JPMF Director at Large & John’s widow) at maryanne@jpmf.ca or (778) 678-4496. Detailed treatments of all videos are available upon request.

Thank you for considering participating in this important project. We sincerely appreciate your willingness to share your story for the purpose of raising awareness about the unacceptable number of workplace fatalities caused by injury and illness in Canada…and ultimately, to help bring about a safer, healthier future for all Canadians.

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About Threads of Life: If you have been impacted by a workplace tragedy in Canada and are not yet familiar with the organization, Threads of Life; The Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support, please visit their website. They are a Canadian registered charity dedicated to supporting families after a workplace fatality, life-altering injury or occupational disease.

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New PSA Project is a GO!

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

New PSA is a GO – “Casket” Video Project Underway

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“Safety isn’t expensive. It’s priceless.”

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If you are familiar with the recent efforts of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund, you may recall we were embarking on a new project: the production of a new (our ninth) 30-second PSA (public service announcement) for TV broadcast.

The working title of the PSA was “A New Legacy.”

For a variety of reasons (a downturn in the Alberta economy, not receiving a government grant, the pandemic) we had little success in securing the necessary funds to have that PSA produced.

So back to the drawing board we went.

After some tweaks to the creative concept and a bit of brainstorming, we are pleased to announce the project is ON again!

We are currently working with an animator to have this new PSA produced at a very reasonable production cost. The working title of the PSA is “Casket.” Grim, yes…but so is the reason for creating it in the first place. More on that in a moment.

The PSA will likely be aired around the time of the 20th anniversary of John’s death on September 29th, 2000.

This first PSA will be part of the larger “Casket” video project.

Here is a brief overview of the overall project:

Snapshot: Calgary police officer Const John Petropoulos died in the line of duty on Sept 29th, 2000. John was investigating a break and enter complaint when he stepped through an unmarked false ceiling and fell to his death. There was no safety railing in place to warn him – or anyone else – of the danger.

Since John’s death, nearly 20,000 Canadians have died as the result of a workplace injury or illness. Although this number is staggering, many people are likely unaware of the cumulative – and steadily growing – death toll.

In reality, however, that number is likely 10 to 13 times higher

Significant underestimation of workplace deaths

 

The Casket project will be comprised of four videos that will share a similar look, feel and tone: one or two PSAs, a short video and a full-length documentary. These videos will be produced and distributed in phases over the next few years.

Phase 1: The first PSA (30-sec) will show the sheer volume of 20,000 deaths through the imagery of a growing tower of caskets (animated). This PSA will be aired on TV, shown on the JPMF website, You Tube channel and partner websites, as well as shared on social media.

Phase 2: The second PSA (30-sec) will show both the mounting death toll of deceased workers and the exponential number of loved ones left behind to pick up the pieces. This PSA will be animated but may include a real-life photo/s component. This PSA will be aired on TV, shown on the JPMF website, You Tube channel and partner websites, as well as shared on social media.

Phase 3: Through *photos, this short video (90-sec to 2-min) will highlight some of the actual people behind the numbers (deceased workers and their loved ones) – to reflect the human loss associated with workplace fatalities. This video will be shown on the JPMF website, You Tube channel and partner websites as well as shared on social media.

Phase 4: Through multiple interviews reflecting a broad spectrum of workplace safety perspectives, the full-length documentary (approx. 90 min) will explore how we got to where we are, in terms of the unacceptable number of workplace fatalities, and what is being done – and not done – to help bring about a stronger culture of workplace safety for all Canadians.

Goal: Ultimately, we aim to continue partnering with like-minded individuals and organizations to help bring these numbers DOWN. As far as we’re concerned, one workplace fatality is one too many.

*Call to family members who have been impacted by workplace fatality: if you have lost a family member to a workplace fatality (due to injury or occupational illness) and are interested in participating in this project, we would like to hear from you.

We are looking for people who would be interested in sending us a photograph of your loved one, as well as a photo of you holding that same photo. For further information (photo parameters, etc), please contact our Casket Video Project Family Liaison, Rebecca Orr at rebecca@jpmf.ca.

Please note we will need the photos by August 1st, 2020.

For further information about the Casket video project, please contact Maryanne Pope (JPMF Director at Large & John’s widow) at maryanne@jpmf.ca or (778) 678-4496. Detailed treatments of all videos are available upon request.

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Background: The John Petropoulos Memorial Fund (JPMF) is a registered Canadian charity. The JPMF was started shortly after John’s death (by John’s police recruit classmates) for the purpose of raising public awareness about why and how people can make their workplaces – including the roads – safer for everyone, including first responders.

The JPMF has produced a 10-min safety video, as well as eight 30-second PSAs that have aired on TV over 2 million times. For further info or to view the videos please visit jpmf.ca.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

– Martin Luther King

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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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