If you’re in the city killing time prior to coming to RPR’d open house in the afternoon , stop by Granite Springs and say Hi to Pete, Bobby, Sean, Mark and the others!I'm very proud to say that I will be in Nova Scotia attending this event. Thank you Bobby MacKenzie for all your hard work. I'm excited to be able to come join my teammates, Sean Conohan, Kevin Davison and David Wilson. I would love to see a huge amount of support for all of the hard Bobby has done and is doing . 🏌️♂️🏌️♂️🏌️♂️🏌️♂️ ... See MoreSee Less
Rally Point Retreat shared Police Canada's photo.
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This lesson applies to all who far too often are placing themselves in harms way, risking life and limb for total strangers and running towards danger when others are running from the danger and those who keep danger off the streets and in the cells.
Thank you for thinking more of others safety than your own, but please buddy check!From @la_5_o
This the cover of my union’s magazine. It’s raw. It hits hard. Some have called it offensive. But it was also the reality for 140 police officers last year. More cops died of suicide in 2017 (140) than were murdered (46) or killed in the line of duty (129). Police pages (my own included) talk about tactics, self-defense and physical fitness. But hardly any discuss the most prolific danger of all to police: suicide.
Why? Is it that uncomfortable to talk about? Believe me, as an attendee of many, it’s more uncomfortable to be at an officer’s funeral.
Two personal stories: 1 - about 10 years ago I walked into a spot for lunch. Inside was a friend and fellow cop who worked SOE Division. We had been boots together, and although not terribly close since, we had seen each other at backups and “big” calls, etc.
Although he seemed his usual upbeat, energetic self, it just seemed a little, idk, “forced”. After 10 mins, he paid his bill (I found out later, mine too) and left.
He killed himself the next day. RIP RM, I miss you bro.
2 - I was Chris Dorner’s first TO. He was actually one of the better boots I ever trained. Humble, eager and physically capable. Later after I made Sergeant, I heard he was struggling. He reached out to me a cpl times, but as a new Sgt in a busy division, I prob didn’t give his inquiries the attention they deserved. In hindsight, his emails grew angrier each time, but I guess I just interpreted them as frustration instead. He eventually lost his mind and murdered 4 innocent ppl, injuring 3 others. Shocking and unacceptable by him.
The similarity in each of these incidents is that I said nothing. Idk whether saying anything would’ve saved my friend or the ppl Dorner killed, but it could’ve? As cops, we’re trained observers. We’re adept at noticing when something isn’t right. Please, apply that to your personal contacts as well as your professional ones, and if something is off, SAY SOMETHING. You might just end up saving lives.
I’m humbly asking you to tag another cop. Doing so doesn’t mean you think they’re suicidal, just that you’re spreading awareness for this terribly important topic.
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Bob and Johan, thank you from my heart following my visit with you. Your kindness and comfort so generous was a warming respite. The time to re-energize has helped me refocus to my challenges and given me a welcomed new vitality. Warmest regards, love cath P.S. so loved the hugs and cuddles your beauti-FULL girls - Sarah and Maggie (always have so missed the four legged friends in my life).
Well I finally made to Rally Point yesterday on a volunteer mission with some new and old friends.It was a tough winter but experiencing the serenity that Bob and Jo have created was beyond my expectations. I took my dog not knowing how he would do with Sarah and Maggie but I'm happy to say Benjamin has 2 new girlfriends. Thanks for what you've created and we look forward to our next visit!
This entry is long overdue. I met Bob and Jo last summer, and after chatting with them several times, and trying to get down and not being able to due to my anxiety, etc., I was finally able to make it during the summer. I was completely lost at the time, and struggled to get off of my couch most days. I recall the first time I traveled down to Sable River, and the fact that I almost turned around several times on the way. I'm so glad that I didn't, however, as I found a little piece of heaven in my messed-up world. I was welcomed with open arms, and treated with love and kindness. Since that first visit, I have made many more, and think of Bob and Jo as family. I have made several friends along the way, learned a LOT about myself, and instead of sitting on my couch everyday waiting for the day to end, I have found a new purpose in life. Thank you both for what you do. Your selfless actions and the fact that you have opened your home to me, and others, have definitely made an immeasurable impact on my life. If you are on the fence as to whether this magical place can be of help to you, I am here to tell you that it can, and will! Make the trip and see for yourself. You won't regret it.
I found myself in a full blown panic attack. Bob and Jo took me for a couple of days and thought me some amazing skills. I look forward to spreading the word and being able to give back. Thank you. You have given me a new amazing tool. Love to you xo
My fiancee and I seen a pamphlet for Rally Point Retreat in my psychologist's office last month. We decided that it would be a great idea to try it. The initial contact via phone, immediately put us at ease, since we had no idea of what to expect. I dislike crowds, so it was nice to know that no one else was booked for the same weekend as us. Upon arrival, we felt the peacefulness of nature surrounding us, coupled with nice wild ponds. Maggie and Sarah (the extremely friendly and trained puppies) were the first to greet us. They are truly charming! Jo and Bob gave us a tour of their one level spacious home and showed us our large bedroom and even larger ensuite bathroom. The atmosphere was relaxing and we spent most of the weekend chatting outside with this amazing couple. We shared our experiences... Copious tears and laughs were exchanged. Our second most enjoyable moments were in the woodshop, where we learned how to turn our on pens...they would easily sell for $50 to $100 in the city! Of course, we have them on display at home, since they are a remembrance of our time at Rally Point Retreat. We plan on returning in the future...it is a must for positive relief of PTSD symptoms! Thank you again Jo and Bob for generously opening your hearts and home to us. See you soon hopefully!!! Max and Amanda
Hearing great things from Veterans about your retreat Good Job Hope to get the opportunity to pop in some day and have a chat
very relaxing few nights we stayed there... Didn't know what to expect going there. But within no time it was like we were visiting family. Bob and Johan are amazing people doing an amazing thing. cant wait to go back for a visit
We arrived at Rally Point with no expectations and nervous. Bob & Johan welcomed us into their place and made us feel like long lost family. I'm glad I went with no expectations because none could have done justice to the atmosphere and feeling of safety and acceptance. What a truly wonderful place.
Thank you for talking with me today, you are putting a much-needed service out there for those who have dedicated themselves to saving others. I am looking forward to see how Rally Point Retreat grows. Best of luck!
Thanks Bob & Johan for everything you are doing to help others.
Someone had to be first......Looking forward to meeting new friends along the way. Cheers, Jo