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Maryanne at Police Memorial

Maryanne Pope widow of Cst. Johnny Petropoulos who dided in the line of duty 20 years ago lays a wreath during the 22nd annual Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial Day ceremony was held at City Hall in Calgary to honour the 100 men and women who have died in the line of duty in Alberta since 1876 on Sunday, September 27, 2020. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia

Media Coverage of 22nd Annual Police & Peace Officers’ Memorial in Calgary

Maryanne Pope & Const. Ian Vernon of the Calgary Police Service, Sept 27th 2020, photo by Darren Makowichuk/PostMedia

“We cannot force someone to hear a message they are not ready to receive. But we must never underestimate the power of planting a seed.”

– Unknown

On Sunday Sept 27th, 2020, I attended the 22nd Annual Police & Peace Officers’ Memorial in Calgary, Alberta.

In honour of the 20th anniversary of John’s death on Sept 29th, I was the family representative this year and laid a wreath on behalf of families who have lost a police or peace officer in the line of duty.

I was very grateful to be interviewed by the media at this event . I was asked about the importance of the annual memorial service, the police today, John, the 20th anniversary of his death, the efforts of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund, workplace safety & the Fund’s latest “Casket” PSA.

Here is the link to view the Global TV and CTV stories. 

“Your work is to discover your work. Then with all your heart to give yourself to it.”

— Buddha
Photo by Kimberly Williamson
Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and a Director with the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. To receive her weekly blog, Weekly Words of Wisdom, please sign up here.


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2 thoughts on “Maryanne at Police Memorial”

  1. You have done such amazing work in John’s memory, Maryanne! The John Petropoulos Memorial Fund turned your tragedy in losing John into a “life saver” for other human beings. You are remarkable! My best wishes to you:)

    Stay safe and well!


  2. Hi Linda! Thank you so much for your kind words about the workplace safety educational efforts of the JPMF. I still remember vividly delivering a presentation to your grade 11 class…that was one of my all-time favourite presentations. Your students were THE best audience ever! And the chocolate chip cookies you baked for me were pretty darn good, too 🙂

    Big hugs to you & your family…take care,

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