Four exceptional school crossing guards chosen as Canada’s favourites

TORONTO, December 18, 2014 – Four exceptional individuals have been selected as winners of Canada’s Favourite Crossing Guard Contest for 2014.  Over the next few days, they each will be awarded this honour in their community.

An initiative of Parachute, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to an injury-free Canada with Canadians living long lives to the fullest, and FedEx Express Canada, Canada’s Favourite Crossing Guard Contest honours the extraordinary contributions of dynamic individuals who help keep our children safe. Crossing guards who have made a difference in the lives of students in their own local communities and who have gone beyond the call of duty, have been selected from across the country for the honour.

“Canada’s Favourite Crossing Guard Contest allows us to celebrate the important contributions made by these women and men in our communities,” said Louise Logan, Parachute President and CEO. “These four individuals, along with crossing guards across the country, go to work every day, rain or shine, snow or slush, to help children make it safely across the road. They deserve to be applauded for their great work."

Canada’s Favourite Crossing Guard Contest winners for 2014 are: Dale Martin, Jack Chambers Public School, London, ON; Gerry Brown, East Lambton Elementary School, Watford, ON; Peter Atienza, Oriole Park Public School, Toronto, ON; and Penny Easter, Brock Collegiate Institute, Brockville, ON.

Now in its ninth year, Canada’s Favourite Crossing Guard Contest encourages schools, students, teachers and parents from across Canada to nominate exceptional crossing guards in their community. It is part of the Walk This Way pedestrian safety program aimed at reducing pedestrian injuries to Canadian children by raising motorist awareness and making school zones more walkable. Since being launched, 29 exceptional school crossing guards from across the country have been selected as Canada’s Favourite Crossing Guards.

“Canada’s Favourite Crossing Guard Contest is a way for FedEx and Parachute to raise awareness about the important role crossing guards play in helping our children make it safely to school,” said Lisa Lisson, president of FedEx Express Canada. “It’s also a unique way for our communities to say thank you to a group of incredibly dedicated men and women who play an important role in our children’s lives.”

Nominations were received from across the country and judging was conducted by a group of safety, community, and private sector leaders.  Each candidate was scored in the categories of: evidence of support shown for the crossing guard; safety record of the crossing guard; proactive initiatives the crossing guard has taken; and level of involvement of the crossing guard in the community. The winners receive a crystal maple leaf award, a coat that identifies the winner as one of Canada’s Favourite Crossing Guards, and $500.  As well, each school will receive $500 provided by FedEx Express Canada.

For more information about the Walk This Way child pedestrian safety program by FedEx Express Canada and Parachute and information on pedestrian injuries and how to prevent them visit www.parachutecanada.org.

About FedEx Corp.

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $46 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 300,000 team members to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.

About Parachute

Parachute is dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives. A national charity, Parachute officially formed in July 2012, when the former Safe Communities Canada, Safe Kids Canada, SMARTRISK and ThinkFirst Canada joined together to become one leader in injury prevention. Parachute’s injury prevention solutions, knowledge mobilization, public policy, and social awareness efforts are designed to help keep Canadians safe.  Parachute’s vision is an injury-free Canada with Canadians living long lives to the fullest.  For information, visit us at parachutecanada.org, follow us on Twitter, and join us on Facebook.

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For information and to arrange an interview with the winners:

George James
Parachute
647-776-5125 (w)
416-402-3783 (c)
gjames@parachutecanada.org