Monday, September 21, 2009

WeAreTheWorld




The Opening Parade in Seattle, Washington.
Check out the IAWP.org main page, go to the blog for more photos from the Conference.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

IAWPBoardMeetingandSeattleConference



Check out the iawp.org website main page for update. I am completing a daily blog of events starting today. Also I hope you received your Women Police Magazine. The new issue is out and members should have them in their mailboxes.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

NewWomenPoliceMagazine

If you have not, you soon will be receiving the current issue of Women Police Magazine in your mailbox (All IAWP members). You will notice the new look. Please read this new issue cover to cover and let us know what you think of the new format. Editor Simon Townsley, the magazine committee and Integrity PR Ltd are happy to present this glossy and sleek new styled publication to you, the members.

If you have an ideas for articles or law enforcement related submissions contact IAWP member and Women Police Magazine Editor Simon Townsley. His contact information can be found in the magazine or at www.iawp.org .

Just 4 MORE DAYS UNTIL OPENING CEREMONY in Seattle, Washington USA. There still time to join us. I hope to see you there.

Stay Safe.

Monday, September 14, 2009

OfficerJanetWilsonHonored





September 2, 2008 Skagit County (WA) Sheriff's Deputy Anne Jackson was killed in the line of duty. The sad news awaited many of the members of the Board of Directors when we arrived at the Darwin, Australia conference last year. Whenever we lose an officer in the line of duty all law enforcement grieves. Losing Anne so close to our annual conference and the fact that she was from the area of our next conference made Deputy Jackson loss more tragic. Many of the members of the Seattle Conference Committee knew Anne personally.

After Deputy Jackson's passing an Award was named in her honor.

On September 3, 2009, the Skagit County Sheriff's Office presented the first annual "Deputy Anne Jackson Award". Sheriff's Office Deputies voted to award this to a person who has shown compassion, who gave personal time and made a difference in someone's life, without it being part of their job duties and without being compensated for it. Somebody who has given to their community and is a role model as a humanitarian. The Deputies voted The City of Anacortes (Washington) Police Department Officer Janet Wilson to receive this award for her service with Special Olympics and for all the time spent organizing events and memorabilia in Anne's name.

Congratulations Janet.

In response to receiving this award Janet said she was humbled and honored to receive this award.

Friday, September 04, 2009

BeASurvivor

I am so excited to be writing this column.

I am sitting in the surgery waiting room at a local hospital waiting for my mom to come from recovery. This morning my mother had her third breast cancer surgery of her over six decade life time. She is a survivor. I keep hearing the song by Destiny's Child (Beyonce's group) "I'm a Survivor" In the lyrics it says, "I'm a survivor. I'm not gonna give up. I'm not gonna stop. Keep on survivin' " It always reminded me of my mom and served as a song of motivation and encouragement for me as I was going through trying times. We all have a song track to our life. Songs that serve to lift us up and motivate us, songs that remind us of good and bad incidents that shape our lives.

To my IAWP Board of Directors, members and Facebook Friends I want to thank everyone for the prayers, emails, cards and flowers. My mom really enjoyed them all, especially the flowers. She wanted to bring them with her to the hospital. It is an outpatient procedure so there really was no place for them. It is important to give flowers, cards, and words of encouragement/appreciation while people are still here to enjoy them.

My mother still has it in her heart to make it to Seattle for the conference. Now retired, this is the first year my mom has been able to come to an IAWP conference with me. Please keep my mother's speedy recovery in your thoughts and prayers. With grace, let's believe we will see her in Seattle celebrating with the women (and men) of the IAWP during our annual conference.

THE LESSON to take away from this experience is to;

1)do your health screenings (annual mammograms and paps)
2) if something does not feel right (you know your own body) get it checked out
3) if you are told nothing is there or everything is alright but you still feel the discomfort, insist on subsequent test or a second opinion. Your health is important and you are the best advocate for your own health.

I am so excited because I am bringing you a good report from my request for pray. I hope this good report will also serve to aid another in early detection or prevention.

Remember, you can contact me at ChaplainDow@yahoo.com if you have any prayer request or news you would like to share with the members of IAWP. It is important to share this experience we are all going through called "Life". There is no need to go through it alone. You are not alone. Your IAWP family is here to help you through. Just let us know.

Stay Safe,

Tamia