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.


In A Flash

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

A cause without a message is like a wolf without a howl.

Communication is vital.

When it comes to our traffic and workplace safety messages, what we say – and how we say it – is important.

Over the years, we have crafted countless messages with the aim of raising awareness and educating the public about safety issues. {read more}

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Alberta Hotel Partner Needed for Police Award

Monday, October 28th, 2019

The John Petropoulos Memorial Fund (JPMF) will soon be handing out awards to two exemplary Calgary Police Service (CPS) constables.

We recognize police officers annually with the John Petropoulos Leadership Award because we feel it’s important to honour the vital work they do and reward them for a job well done.

The award is given to one CPS constable from District 6 (where John Petropoulos worked as a constable), as well as a constable in District 1 each year. It recognizes a recipient who displays those attributes that John himself demonstrated – integrity, dedication to police work, commitment to excellence, courage and honour. {read more}

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Why We Fundraise

Monday, October 21st, 2019

Why do we seek donors?

Why do we engage in fundraising activities and what do we do with the money after we receive it?

These are some common questions that all charitable organizations must answer on a regular basis.

The answers are often simple. {read more}

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The Wake-Up Calls

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

The term “wake-up call” is often referred to as a singular moment.

Much like the “light bulb moment,” it is supposed to be a sudden realization that inspires one to take action.

The period of enlightenment is one element of the wake-up call, and the response to it – if it happens at all – is another potential component.

In our experience, there have been countless wake-up calls when it comes to workplace safety. {read more}

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Pinning Hopes

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

In the time between the line-of-duty death of Const. John Petropoulos on Sept. 29, 2000 and the creation of the non-profit society that later incorporated his name, there was a lot going on for those closest to the Calgary police officer.

John’s widow, family, and friends oversaw the donation of his organs – which gave life and new hope to others – and they went about the sombre task of laying the 32-year-old to rest.

These were painful times. {read more}

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What Would John Think?

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

Sept. 29, 2019 will mark the 19th anniversary of the line-of-duty death of Calgary Police Service Const. John Petropoulos.

It’s difficult to speculate about what kind of man John would be today, had he not died at an unsafe workplace.

He would most likely be a dog owner, and maybe a father.

The 51-year-old would certainly be a proud uncle, a beloved brother and a devoted husband. {read more}

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