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Golf Tournament Silent Auction

The 2022 Annual Memorial Ribbon Scholarship Golf Tournament, taking place August 12, 2022 at the Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club, will feature a silent auction to the side of the banquet hall with incredible prizes up for bid. All proceeds raise scholarship funds for the children of fallen officers.

Included in the auction will be a 2-hour boat cruise on Harrison Lake at Harrison Hot Springs on a 23′ Malibu Wakesetter with a 383/409hp Hammerhead Motor, with seating and PFDs / safety equipment for 10-12 people. This item has a $750 value, generously donated by Dockside Charters & Watersports Ltd. Thank you Dockside Charters!

There’s still room to register and play a round of golf in the beautiful setting of Westwood Plateau – visit https://www.memorialribbon.org/golf/ for more details or to register.

TapSnap Photo Booth at Memorial Ribbon Golf Tournament

While you’re waiting for tee-off at the 2022 Annual Memorial Ribbon Scholarship Golf Tournament on August 12, 2022 at the Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club, be sure to get a photo taken at the TapSnap photo booth, which will be set up near the practice green. Thank you TapSnap!

Before your round you’ll also be able to buy some ‘mulligans’, meet the pros and get your custom golf glove fitted.

All monies raised will benefit the Memorial Ribbon Scholarship, which provides scholarships for the children of fallen police and peace officers. The tournament has set a goal of raising $25,000 for 2022.

If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time – visit https://www.memorialribbon.org/golf/ for details or to register.

Less Than Three Weeks Until Golf Tournament – Still Time to Register!

We are less than three weeks away until the 2022 Annual Memorial Ribbon Scholarship Golf Tournament! The tournament will take place August 12, 2022 at the Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club, with the goal of raising $25,000 for the Memorial Ribbon Scholarship.

There’s still room for you to put together a team, or register to golf on your own and be placed in a foursome. The tournament is a great opportunity to play a round of golf with friends and colleagues – enjoy the camaraderie and the awesome view from Westwood Plateau. There will be an amazing buffet dinner, door prizes and a silent auction. Come on and have a day of fun and relaxation, and support the great cause of raising scholarship money for the children of fallen officers.

For complete information or to register, visit https://www.memorialribbon.org/golf/.

Additional Sponsors Join Memorial Ribbon Scholarship Fundraiser

Several additional sponsors have joined in our efforts to raise funds at the 2022 Annual Memorial Ribbon Scholarship Golf Tournament fundraiser, to be held August 12, 2022. The Tournament will be hosted at the Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club, and will help raise $25,000 for the Memorial Ribbon Scholarship.

Gold Sponsor – Edmonton Police Constables’ Lounge

The Edmonton Police Constables’ Lounge has stepped up and has become a Gold Level sponsor for the golf tournament. The Constables’ Lounge is supported by EPS members, who donate monthly. The Lounge is an area for members to decompress and gather to support one another. 2022 marks the second time that the Lounge has donated a large sum of money to the Memorial Ribbon Society, 100% of which goes towards supporting the children of officers killed in the line of duty to attend post secondary education. Thank you EPS Police Constables’ Lounge for your ongoing support.

Hole in One Prize – New Harley Davidson Motorcycle

Trev Deeley Harley Davidson has generously put up a brand new Harley Davidson motorcycle as one of the three Hole In One prizes. Register to play in the tournament and make a ‘drive’ to win this great prize. Thank you Trev Deeley Harley Davidson!

Hole in One Prize – Millennium Logo Gloves

Millennium Logo Gloves has not only donated custom fit golf gloves for the registrants, but has also put up a cash prize of $35,000 for one of the three Hole In One prizes. Register to play in the tournament and ‘take a shot’ at winning this great prize. Thank you Millennium Logo Gloves!

Become a Sponsor

If you’d like to golf / participate in the 2022 Annual Memorial Ribbon Scholarship Golf Tournament, or join our growing list of sponsor, please visit https://www.memorialribbon.org/golf for complete details.

5th Annual Canadian Walk for Veterans – September 24 & 25, 2022

After two years of COVID-19 social isolation and walking virtually shoulder to shoulder in 152 cities across the country, the 2022 Fifth Annual Canadian Walk For Veterans is finally able to return to in-person events over the weekend of September 24th and 25th in cities across the country and virtually. Working in partnership with the The Order of St. George Grand Priory of Canada and the Americas and True Patriot Love, the 2022 Canadian Walk For Veterans will raise awareness of the plight of translators, interpreters, cultural advisors and other locally employed people who were essential to Canada’s missions in conflicts throughout the world such as the Balkans, Somalia, Rwanda and Afghanistan.

80% of net proceeds from the Canadian Walk For Veterans goes to organizations that are working hard for the benefit of Canada’s veterans and first responders. A major portion of net funds raised in the 2022 Canadian Walk For Veterans will go to the True Patriot Love Afghan Resettlement Fund. A portion of this year’s net proceeds will also go to those organizations that form a team and hold a Canadian Walk For Veterans event in their respective towns. Learn more about True Patriot Love at truepatriotlove.com.

Everyone who registers for the Canadian Walk For Veterans will receive a 2022 pewter Challenge Coin hand crafted right here in Canada by veteran-owned Dracks Military Plaques.

Register now at canadianwalkforveterans.com/register.

To learn more about the 2022 Canadian Walk For Veterans please visit canadianwalkforveterans.com.

Motors & Music Benefit – August 20, 2022

Bristol Records and Hagerty are proud to present the Motors and Music Benefit Series, with the first benefit supporting the Police & Peace Officers’ Memorial Ribbon Society. The Memorial Ribbon Society supports the families of fallen officers through scholarships, assists in dealing with grief, and provides other assistance and support to families.

  • Date: August 20, 2022
  • Time: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm PDT
  • Location: Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley, BC

For more information, go to https://www.motorsandmusic.ca/.

Memorial Ribbon Scholarship Golf Tournament – Still Time to Register!

There’s still time to register for the Memorial Ribbon Society’s annual fundraiser golf tournament! The Society will be holding its annual Memorial Ribbon scholarship golf tournament on August 12, 2022 at the Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club, with all proceeds supporting scholarships for the children of fallen officers. The tournament promises to be a great time, with lots of prizes and a silent auction, with the goal of raising $25,000. There’s still time to register, whether you are an experienced golfer or a beginner, but time is running out!

For complete information and to register, visit https://www.memorialribbon.org/golf/.

Steamworks Brewing Company Makes Donation in Support of Golf Tournament

The Police & Peace Officers’ Memorial Ribbon Society would like to thank Steamworks Brewing Company or their generous donation to the 2022 Memorial Ribbon Scholarship Golf Tournament. We greatly appreciate their contribution towards raising the $25,000 required to support five children of fallen officers to attend post-secondary education in 2022.

For more information on the tournament, visit https://www.memorialribbon.org/golf.

Play Golf & Help Raise Funds

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Memorial Ribbon Scholarship Golf Tournament has unfortunately been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The annual Memorial Ribbon Scholarship Golf Tournament is now open for registration. This year’s fundraiser is set for the beautiful course at Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club in Coquitlam. There will only be space for 144 golfers plus up to 50 seats for dinner only.

The goal is to raise $25,000 to allow five children of fallen officers attend a post secondary institute anywhere in Canada in 2021. You can help – register today!

We will have both an on-line auction as well as a live auction in the evening. More details will be forthcoming.

For registration or more details please go to https://www.memorialribbon.org/golf/.

If you are unable to attend the tournament but wish to support this great cause, you can make a donation at https://www.memorialribbon.org/donate/.

Memorial Society President Shawn Coady Interviewed on Team Ten Eight Podcast

The Founder and President of the Police & Peace Officers’ Memorial Ribbon Society recently sat down for a conversation with Christian Lane on the Team Ten Eight podcast (https://teamteneight.com/). Team Ten Eight is dedicated to the people who serve and sacrifice to keep us healthy, safe and secure. The podcast conversation covered the Memorial Ribbon Society, the Vancouver Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit, as well as Shawn’s journey with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Listen to the podcast at https://teamteneight.com/podcast.

Updates to Public Safety Canada Memorial Grant Program for First Responders

The Federal Government’s Memorial Grant Program for First Responders will provide a one-time lump sum, tax-free direct maximum payment of $300,000 to the families of first responders who have died as a result of their duties.

On December 21, 2020 a planned expansion to include the families of correctional, parole and probation officers was announced. Eligible families will be able to begin applying in early 2021. More information will be available soon.

Please visit https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/bt/mmrl-grnt-prgrm/index-en.aspx for details.

New Memorial Ribbon Morale Patch

The Police & Peace Officers’ Memorial Ribbon Society has created the Memorial Ribbon Morale Patch, now available through our online store at https://www.memorialribbon.org/store/. The patch can be warn on an external carrier, duty bag, field book, or anywhere you wish to show your support for fallen officers. We have tried to keep the cost low with all proceeds going towards the Society’s six main objectives:

  • To promote the effectiveness and efficiency of Police and Peace Officers by having a ribbon campaign to raise awareness about fallen Police and Peace Officers.
  • To assist the families of fallen Police and Peace Officers in dealing with their grief, by recommending and coordinating the necessary social services.
  • To give donations for charitable purposes to qualified donees as defined in the Income Tax Act.
  • To help establish memorials for fallen Police and Peace Officers.
  • To provide scholarships to students.
  • To provide funds to needy families of fallen Police and Peace Officers.

Visit the Memorial Ribbon Society online store at https://www.memorialribbon.org/store/ to purchase your Memorial Ribbon Morale Patch today.

Ambulance Paramedics and Emergency Dispatchers of BC Voice Full Support for Police

The Ambulance Paramedics and Emergency Dispatchers of BC have voiced their full support for all police officers, during these trying times where some police officers and departments / agencies have become the focus of very negative words / beliefs / social media. We thank the Ambulance Paramedics and Emergency Dispatchers of BC you for their letter of support. Read the letter of support (PDF).

Sgt. Shawn Coady Retires from the VPD

After 30 years in the Vancouver Police Department (VPD), following three years with BC Corrections and 14 years with the Military Reserve, Sgt. Shawn Coady, Founder and President of the Police & Peace Officers’ Memorial Ribbon Society, has put in his papers for retirement from the force.

During his time with the VPD, Shawn worked in Patrol, Investigations, and Support. He spent 25 years with the Public Safety Unit participating in many of the crowd management situations over that time, including a few riots and most of the Celebration of Light evenings. He also joined the Ceremonial Unit; Shawn plans to continue participating with the Unit after retiring. Shawn wrote many manuals and programs throughout his career and received many commendations and awards, including the Order of Police Merit and the Chief’s Commendation.

It was near the beginning of his career that Shawn and his wife, Diane, came up with the idea of the Memorial Ribbon, which has since become the official Canadian symbol of mourning whenever a Police or Peace Officer dies in the line of duty. Whenever an officer is killed while protecting their community, and during Memorial Week in September, you can observe thousands of officers and civilians wearing the Memorial Ribbon. Shawn has spent most of his professional life working on ensuring that fallen officers are always remembered, and that their children are given the opportunity to attend a post-secondary school anywhere in Canada, through the Memorial Ribbon Scholarship. Now that he has retired, Shawn plans on continuing volunteering with the Society for the next couple of years to bring a number of current objectives and programs to completion.

On his last day of work with the VPD, Shawn was able to participate in the First Responders’ Memorial Motorcade in Honour of Cst. Heidi Stevenson, while driving the loaned Police & Peace Officers’ Memorial Ribbon Society vehicle.

The Police & Peace Officers’ Memorial Ribbon Society would like to thank Shawn for his service to Canada, the Law Enforcement community, the citizens of Canada and especially for starting the Police & Peace Officers’ Memorial Ribbon Society. You have changed the way people express their condolences and show support for the fallen. You have created a great legacy and we would like to thank you for continuing this great project.

The Memorial Ribbon Society wishes Shawn the best in his post-work life and hopes he finds time to relax and enjoy his well earned retirement.

2020 Memorial Ribbon Scholarship Golf Tournament Cancelled

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Memorial Ribbon Scholarship Golf Tournament 2020 has been cancelled. The Society has chosen to cancel this year’s tournament with the goal of keeping golfers, volunteers, staff, and their families safe from possible exposure to this virus.

With the help of our volunteers, sponsors and golfers, last year’s inaugural fundraiser was a huge success, allowing the Society to support four children of fallen officers to attend a Canadian post-secondary institution of their choosing. The 2020 fundraiser was to expand on that success, with the goal of supporting five children. Although there is no tournament this year, we could still use your help; if you wish to support the Scholarship, please donate on our website at https://www.memorialribbon.org/donate/.

We plan on holding the 2021 Memorial Ribbon Scholarship Golf Tournament toward the end of August, at the same location of Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club in Coquitlam. Please keep an eye out for more information as we approach the end of this year.

Thank you for your support and stay safe.

Society Receives Generous Donation from EPS Constable’s Lounge

The Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial Ribbon Society received a large cheque from the Edmonton Police Service Constables Lounge. This was a great surprise and will go directly to the Memorial Ribbon Scholarship which in turn will support the children of fallen officers attend a Post Secondary institution of their choice. We would like to thank the Constables Lounge and members for their generous donation. Please read the background of their work towards raising these funds.

For over the past ten years time, the Edmonton Police Service Constable’s Lounge Executive Committee has maintained the lead as the organizer and host for the Alberta Police Memorial Golf Tournament. The tournament, which draws golfers from across Alberta, always coincides with the Alberta Police and Peace Officer Memorial day which takes place each year on the last Sunday in September at the Alberta Legislature Grounds. The tournament brings together Police and civilians alike to remember and honour fallen officer’s in a setting which lends itself to a good-time; boosting morale and comradery.

As one can imagine, or maybe even experienced; this weekend is always a mixed bag in terms of the weather. We’ve experienced everything from snow, wind, and rain to sunny warm fall days. Whatever the weather, we always have a turn-out of supportive and dedicated golfers partaking in this important Memorial weekend event.

Over the recent years, the EPS Constable’s Lounge Executive Committee, comprised of sworn EPS member volunteers, have endeavoured to continue to support the Alberta Police and Peace Officer Memorial Day and what this day represents to us in Law Enforcement. The Memorial Ribbon Society, sometimes referred to as the Police Officer’s Benevolent fund, is where our proceeds from this tournament are donated.

As a result of hard work and collective decision making by past and present members of the EPS Constable’s Lounge Executive Committee, the last two year’s of the golf tournament’s have resulted in significant overages. This has culminated in the EPS Constable’s Lounge presenting the Memorial Ribbon Society with a cheque for $10, 500.00 on February 4, 2020. As you can see in the attached photo, many of the EPS Constable’s Lounge Executive Committee members were in attendance for a cheque presentation, along with Chief of Police Dale McFee.

It was a humbling moment for members of the Executive Committee to see years of hard work and progressive ideas result in such a significant donation. A donation that is reportedly the largest the Memorial Ribbon Society has received to date. This event, and what it represents is held close to the hearts of all involved in the planning, preparation, and execution. Our service is not alone when it comes to experiencing tragedy, and seeing a colleague make the ultimate sacrifice. As a committee, we believe it is important and incumbent upon us to always remember and recognize our fallen members.

The EPS Constable’s Lounge Executive Committee would like to recognize and extend a thank-you to the following groups and individuals for there continuous support and generosity over the past several years. Memorial weekend, and the Alberta Police Memorial Golf Tournament would not be possible without your continued involvement: Edmonton Police Service Chief’s Committee; Edmonton Police Service Sergeant’s Mess; Edmonton Police Association; Alberta Federation of Police Associations; The Alberta Police Memorial Planning Committee; Edmonton Police Service Corps Sergeant Major; Alberta Police Service, Peace Officer, and Military members; EPS Veteran’s Association; Edmonton Garrison Memorial Golf and Curling Club; and the Edmonton Police Service Constable’s Lounge membership.

2019 Inaugural Golf Tournament a Huge Success

The inaugural Memorial Ribbon Scholarship Golf Tournament was a huge success. We managed to obtain a large number of sponsors and corporate supporters as well as sell out, having a full 144 golfers come out and support this great cause.

The day was clear and a warm 26 degrees Celsius; which made for fast greens. Everyone showed up early and registration and assignments went with very few hiccups. The tee-off went out at 1:15 PM with three hole-in-one sponsors, including a Barnes Harley Davidson 2019 HD Heritage Classic, an all expense paid trip for two to Maui or Kona from Travel Best Bets and Travel Brands, as well as $35,000 cash from Millennium Logo gloves. Unfortunately, no one won these prizes; so maybe next year? The Range also sponsored the Longest Drive (Male and Female) contest, with the winners receiving $200 gift certificates to the Range in Langley. The golfers spent the afternoon having a great time on the fairways, and then came in for the amazing buffet dinner and silent/live auctions.

Our Emcee John Daly started the evening by selling spots in line to get the dinner, and managed to raise almost $800 (thank you very much!). We had many silent auction items as well as a few live auction items.

We had three amazing speakers talk about the impact the Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial Ribbon Society and the Society’s Scholarship program has had on their lives after experiencing the tragedy of losing a loved one. Chief Constable Mike Serr of Abbotsford PD started, followed by Survivor Fay Davidson (daughter of Abbotsford Constable John Davidson, murdered in 2017). It was Fay’s first time speaking about the tragedy, and she spoke from the heart. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. The third speaker was Kathy Maurice, a Survivor and widow of a fallen officer. All three speakers talked of the tragedy; the loss of a hero; and how much the Society and Scholarship program has helped them.

Through this event, the Society managed to raise enough money under the Scholarship to support four children of fallen officers to attend a post-secondary institution of their choice for one year. We would like to thank our sponsors, supporters and especially the golfers for helping to raise an amazing amount of money for our first go-round on this fundraiser. We will be hosting a second golf tournament in 2020, so keep an eye out for details.

Public Safety Canada Memorial Grant Program for First Responders

The Public Safety Canada Memorial Grant Program for First Responders provides a one-time lump sum, tax-free direct maximum payment of $300,000 to the families of first responders who have died as a result of their duties.

The effective date for the Memorial Grant Program for First Responders is April 1, 2018. For eligibility, the date of death must be on or after April 1, 2018. The Grant will not be retroactive. You may apply for the Memorial Grant any time after the date of death.

To learn more, visit https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/bt/mmrl-grnt-prgrm/index-en.aspx.