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

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. 

Hannah Black and Lori McBlain were the most recent scholarship recipients.

“I am extremely grateful for this scholarship and really appreciate the financial support,” said Hannah.

“Receiving this scholarship has been a true blessing in alleviating a significant amount of stress that my finances cause me. I am now in my last year of schooling and will be graduating with a BA in Criminal Justice this June.”

Hannah – who received the scholarship in the fall of 2017 – has two part-time jobs, volunteers at a local youth group and is president of the Criminal Justice Student Association.

“Needless to say, I am very busy,” said Hannah. “This scholarship has absolutely aided me in that this semester has been less expensive and therefore less stressful for me. I work quite a bit in order to finance my schooling, so again, I am exceptionally thankful for this scholarship.”

After she graduates, Hannah will pursue a career in law enforcement.

“It has been my dream to be a police officer for a long time and I am looking forward to serving my community and keeping people safe.”

Congratulations to Hannah and Lori – all the best from the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund!



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