Some recent media links involving Badge of Life Canada Insigne de vie Canada:

January 15, 2016 Globe&Mail  theyre-there-when-trauma-hits-us-but-whos-there-when-it-hits-them-back/article

February 6, 2016 TheStar  ptsd-a-big-private-issue-for-first-responders

February 8, 2016  CBCRadio  former-police-officer-helps-cops-with-ptsd-and-those-contemplating-suicide

Ongoing and upcoming activities involving Badge of Life Canada Insigne de vie Canada:

A senior advisor with Badge of Life Canada, Syd Gravel, M.O.M., author, is a retired Staff Sergeant with the Ottawa Police Service. Syd has had an extremely distinguished career committing a large portion of his life to developing and implementing peer support training within policing organizations across Canada. One of Syd’s books is now required reading for a college based police foundation course. Syd co-ordinates peer support training for the Mood Disorders Society of Canada. In addition, Simon Fraser University has currently requested that Syd assist with the development and training for their new trauma training certificate program for first responders across Canada. http://badgeoflifecanada.com/about-us/syd-gravel/

Proposed Research: OSI and General Health of Former Police Officers, Correctional Officers, and all Police 911 Communicators/Dispatchers/Call-Takers in Canada

Badge of Life Canada will be collaborating with a Nipissing University research project summary and funding request. Stan French, Adjunct Professor, Nipissing University, who is well known to Badge of Life Canada, already has a template survey that was used across Ontario to facilitate a study for the Ministry of Labour – WSIB PTSD Working Group that can be implemented in a similar fashion for a new survey.

 

Project Summary:

Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Rates and General Health of Former Police Officers, Correctional Officers, and all Police 911 Communicators/Dispatchers/Call-Takers in Canada will be a study designed to improve the understanding of the long-term health effects after careers in professions routinely known to have high exposure to potentially traumatic stress. Current and lifetime rates of OSI, as well as data regarding physical health, will be measured relative to potentially traumatic stress exposure.

Project Research Team:

Eric S. (Stan) French, CD, RN

Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing and

School of Criminology & Criminal Justice

Nipissing University

705-476-4527

ericf@nipissingu.ca

Paul Millar, PhD

Assistant Professor

School of Criminology & Criminal Justice

Nipissing University

Phone(705) 474-3450 x 4022

email: paulmi@nipissingu.ca

Badge of Life Canada is committed to assisting with the initial funding request required to pay for a one-year extension of the Nipissing University account with Fluid Survey. Pending fundraising availability, Badge of Life Canada is committed to further collaboration to expand and increase similar OSI research projects in the policing field across Canada.

Media Announcements:

Badge of Life Canada Insigne de vie Canada has conducted several recent media interviews, as PTSD subject matter experts. Interviews have been conducted with CBC radio, Global News, the Globe & Mail, Toronto Sun, Toronto Star, Moods Magazine, as well as various Thomson Reuters publications. In addition, Badge of Life Canada has been approached by TVO – Steve Palkin to participate in a round table discussion as subject matter experts on the PTSD experience within policing. Further in June, 2016, a request has been made for Badge of Life Canada Insigne de vie Canada to speak to the senior command administration of the Ontario Provincial Police.

On February 18, 2016, Badge of Life Canada was invited to the Ontario Legislative Assembly where we were asked to stand at the podium with Minister Flynn during his announcement of the Ontario government’s commitment for Bill 163, PTSD presumptive legislation involving first responders. bill163supportsfirstresponders

On March 7, 2016, Badge of Life Canada Insigne de vie Canada will be conducting an organizational re-launch in Ottawa during the Canadian Police Association (CPA) AGM conference where there will be approximately 200 delegates in attendance from across the country.

This event will allow maximum exposure of Badge of Life Canada throughout the CPA delegates in attendance by providing information about how our organization can be promoted within their respective memberships across the country. While at the same time provide excellent media exposure for the CPA by being part of our Badge of Life Canada re-launch for the benefit of all police personnel across the country.

At the conference, Badge of Life Canada Insigne de vie Canada will be unveiling our new website platform as well as a fundraiser announcement. Extended invitations will be made to various members of Parliament, the media and other stakeholders at the Ottawa event.

Badge of Life Canada Insigne de vie Canada will be presenting the proposed research project with Nipissing University to all of the delegates and media during the CPA meeting in Ottawa, as well as at all future fundraising events across Canada. Following the Ottawa event, additional anticipated venues and locations across Canada will take place with similar announcements.

Future activities undertaken by the organization will require funding options to ensure that our objectives can be met as our charity application has now been submitted to Canada Revenue. As Badge of Life Canada Insigne de vie Canada grows we will be expanding our fundraising efforts to address organizational needs and requirements to accomplish our mission, vision and values for the betterment of all police and corrections personnel across Canada.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of Badge of Life Canada Insigne de vie Canada.

Bill Rusk, Executive Director

Badge of Life Canada Insigne de vie Canada

Website: www.badgeoflifecanada.org

Phone:  519-377-6959

Email: bill@badgeoflifecanada.org