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published in Animals, Change, Charities, John Petropoulos Memorial Fund, Police, Wolves, Workplace Safety by Maryanne | September 14, 2019 | 2 Comments

Can a Sad Story Save a Life?

 

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

– Martin Luther King

Can a sad story save a life?

I don’t know. But this much I do know: doing nothing in the wake of a preventable tragedy won’t bring about a better future. That’s the belief I’ve built my life on for the past 19 years.

When John died of a brain injury after stepping through an unmarked false ceiling in 2000, several of his police recruit classmates stepped up to the plate and started a memorial fund in his honour. Nearly two decades later, the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund is still going strong, raising public awareness about why & how people can make their workplaces safer for everyone, including first responders.

Over the past 19 years, the JPMF has produced eight 30-second workplace safety public service announcements that have aired over 2 million times on TV. The Fund’s powerful 10-minute safety video has been viewed in presentations, at conferences and on-line thousands of times.

In 2020, the JPMF will be producing a new PSA that will raise awareness about the shocking fact that since John’s death in 2000, nearly 20,000 Canadians have died as the result of a workplace injury or illness.

Yes, you read correctly: 20,000 Canadians.

From my perspective, one workplace fatality is one too many; 20,000 deaths (and thousands of life-altering injuries and occupational illnesses) is unacceptable.

It’s time to create a new legacy for workers – and their families – in Canada.

For further information on the new PSA and/or to make a donation to assist with production costs, here is the link.

Or perhaps this fundraiser might be of interest…

John and I both loved wolves. I suppose you could say wolves were our spirit animal…whatever that might mean to you. What that means to me is that, as a person and a police officer, John shared similar characteristics to that of a wolf: integrity, honour, courage, dedication, loyalty, commitment to excellence and being a strong team player.

John and I used to sponsor a wolf in Alberta through the organization, Wolf Awareness. Our sponsored wolf’s name was Nakoda and she was the alpha female of the Peter Lougheed Pack. John and I used to love reading updates about her and her pack’s activities.

When John and Nakoda died within a week of each other, I began to wonder if there really was some sort of connection between John and I and wolves?

I’ll never know for sure, of course. But the JPMF chose the wolf as the logo because the police pack is rather like a wolf pack…

“For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.”

– Rudyard Kipling

Since 2005, more than 2000 wolves in Alberta alone have been killed inhumanely: shot from helicopters, poisoned with Strychnine or caught in strangling snares. Wolves in Western Canada are running out of places to hide…they need our help.

And so, as a fundraiser – and to raise awareness – for both the JPMF and Wolf Awareness, I wrote a little story: A Wolf Called Nakoda. 

The story is $9.95 (plus $2 shipping), with $2 from each story sold going to the JPMF and $2 to Wolf Awareness.

The story is printed on small cards (2.5 inches x 2.5 inches), held together by a stainless-steel book ring and packaged in a pretty little gauze bag with matching tag. The story is 900 words, 22 cards total.

To order, please visit our Etsy store.

Can a sad story save a life…of a wolf and/or a worker? 

That remains to be seen. But this I know: raising awareness about issues that matter is an integral part of bringing about change for the better…and organizations such as the JPMF and Wolf Awareness are doing just that.

Thank you for caring…and for sharing.

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 Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.

 

 

 

 

 

published in Charities, John Petropoulos Memorial Fund by Maryanne | August 3, 2019 | No Comment

Calgary Volunteers Needed FORE Golf Tournament

 

Are your raffle ticket selling skills up to PAR?

Then we have just the job for you! And even if they’re a bit rough, don’t worry…they’ll be out of the bunker and back on the green after volunteering a shift at the Calgary Police Association Golf Tourney on Aug 20th!

All proceeds from this year’s raffle ticket sales go to the John Petropolous Memorial Fund (JPMF), a Calgary charity started after the 2000 death of Const. John Petropoulos of the Calgary Police Service. The JPMF raises public awareness about why and how to ensure workplaces are safe for everyone, including first responders.

I was married to John and am Chair of the JPMF. John loved golfing AND being a police officer, so this is a great fundraising fit for the JPMF!

Golf tourney details

Date: August 20th, 2019

Location: Heritage Pointe Golf Course, Calgary, AB

Volunteers shifts:

Morning – starting at 7 am
Afternoon – starting at 1 pm

Duties: Volunteers will be sitting at various holes selling 50/50 and raffle tickets, plus keeping an eye out for any hole-in-ones.

It’s actually a very relaxing day and lots of fun! For further info, please e-mail the volunteer coordinator Harleigh at harleighatkinson@gmail.com or call (403) 992-6364.

Thanks so much!

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 Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.

 

 

published in Charities by Maryanne | August 2, 2019 | No Comment

Psst…Want a Chance to Win a YEAR of Entertainment in Calgary?

 

Calling all Calgary Folks – Check THIS Raffle Out:

The Alberta Playwrights’ Network (APN) has an awesome raffle going on right now (draw is on Sept 8th). It’s called the “Year of Entertainment” raffle and the winning prize contains over 40 passes, admissions, tours, theatre tickets, sports tickets valued at over $4000.00.

Click here to read the (rather mammoth) list of prizes!

The tickets are $20 each and only 500 tickets will be sold. I bought a bunch of tickets from the APN to sell for them, so if you would like to buy a ticket from me, please e-mail me through Pink Gazelle and let me know how many tickets you would like, how you are going to pay for them (e-transfer is best since I live in BC) and your mailing address so I can mail you your ticket/s.

Use of Raffle Proceeds by APN

The aim of the “Year of Entertainment” raffle is to provide much needed funding to APN so they can continue to provide meaningful programming for all playwrights and to expand their offering so that their members can get the most out of the organization.

About the APN

Alberta Playwrights’ Network exists to nurture Albertan playwrights and provide support for the development of their plays. APN promotes the province’s playwrights and plays to the theatre community, while building and fostering a network of playwrights through education, advocacy, and outreach.

MA at APN workshop of Saviour (I must have had my hair done the day before…it rarely looks that good)

My connection to the APN

As a playwright, I have been a member of the Alberta Playwright’s Network for more than 15 years. They have been – and continue to be – an invaluable resource to me helping me developing my play script, Saviour.

Here’s a funny blog of mine that gives you an idea of just how important the APN is to playwrights 🙂

Thank you & good luck!

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 Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.