Crossing guards play an important role in pedestrian safety by helping to ensure children and their caregivers have a safe journey to and from school every day. Parachute and FedEx Express Canada recognize the contributions of "Canada's Favourite" crossing guards through this annual contest. Read the official press release here.
Students, teachers, parents and community leaders across the country were invited to nominate their favourite crossing guard during “Canada’s Favourite Crossing Guard Contest”, which ran from September 22 to November 24, 2014.
We had an overwhelming number of nominations telling us about their favourite crossing guard. They shared inspiring stories about how their local crossing guard went above and beyond the call of duty and how they are role models to both school children and community members.
The winning crossing guards receive $500, an engraved plaque as well as a winter jacket. The contest winner’s school also receives $500.
Our esteemed judging panel this year included: Avis Favaro, CTV; Annemarie Tempelman-Kluit, yoyomama.ca; Gina Bell, eastcoastmommyblog.blogspot.ca; Wi Lau, Toronto Police; Jacky Kennedy, Canada Walks and 2013 Crossing Guard Winner Wilf Hunt. The panel had a tough time choosing the top candidates this year, however, they were so impressed by the nominations that the top four were recognized.
Congratulations to Dale Martin, Gerry Brown, Peter Atienza and Penny Easter for their exemplary service dedicated to ensuring the safety of child pedestrians. Embracing the position of crossing guard to the fullest extent, their energy and enthusiasm reflects an awareness of the immense impact their role has on the daily lives of school children.
Jack Chambers Public School
East Lambton Elementary School & St. Peter Canisius
Oriole Park Public School
Brockville Collegiate Institute
Click on the photos or names above to learn more about their individual stories.
We would also like to extend an honourable mention to crossing guards Stan Andrushkoff, Dollard des Ormeaux, QC and Mary McLellan, Ottawa, Ontario for their work and dedication to the safety of students in their communities.
Follow the hashtag #FavCrossGuard for updates and photos from presentation ceremonies.
All the entries reflected a high caliber of hard-working and dedicated individuals across the country; we thank all those who submitted an entry for taking the time to share their appreciation for their community crossing guards.
Learn more about the 2013 Canada’s Favourite Crossing Guard winners.
Pedestrian Safety Facts
Pedestrian Safety Parent Tip Sheet
FedEx Express Canada is a proud supporter of Parachute’s Walk This Way program, a global initiative that advocates child pedestrian safety.