“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” – Kofi Annan
Badge of Life Canada Exists Through:
Active and retired Canadian municipal & provincial police officers, 911 dispatchers, civilian support staff and families of all these police service members.
Badge of Life Canada enables individuals to have a safe place to go for direct support through making positive connections with volunteer peers, trauma and PTSD survivors and/or front line professionals. This vision is:
- Proactive in Badge of Life Canada’s desire to be known before the incident occurs
- A place for an individual or spouse/partner to have honest conversations,
- Find resources and information when one is not sure where to go or of what a person may experience.
The code of conduct or rule that Badge of Life Canada will operate by, and that our volunteers can be e-VALUE-ated by are:
- Safety – Badge of Life Canada knows that comfort and trust are huge factors after critical or cumulative events, regardless of how long it takes to reach out, therefore when Badge of Life Canada makes a commitment to assist and support it will be fulfilled to the best of their ability and with confidentiality.
- Compassion – the volunteer peer will provide a spirit of concern and understanding, to address some of the issues that may emerge – such as: abandonment, stigma, aloneness, anger.
- Encouragement – Badge of Life Canada knows that to move forward it takes energy, courage and confidence and our volunteers will be there to support such forward moves, such as proactive mental health training and checks.
- Service – Badge of Life Canada is volunteer driven; comprised of persons who are ready and able to serve as peers and to support. These persons are doing it as in a ‘pay-it-forward’ approach – their way of paying back those who contributed to their well-being and supported them or for some, a way in which they wished they would have been helped and supported.
- Resources – Badge of Life Canada will freely share information, connections and other valuable resources for the benefit of those who come for support and assistance.
- Instructive –Badge of Life Canada Volunteers are committed to speaking publicly and at every opportunity to supporting the importance of the voluntary health check concept. This concept is:
- more than the physical, but mental and relational as well, along with other areas,
- about building understanding of what trauma is for leaders, their role in reacting to trauma with their members and
- building resilience to trauma for employees through pre-incident instruction and/or training.