2015 Canada’s Favourite Crossing Guards Chosen

An initiative of Parachute and FedEx Express Canada, Canada’s Favourite Crossing Guard Contest honours the extraordinary contributions of dynamic individuals who help keep our children safe.

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 23, 2015.

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.

Our esteemed judging panel this year included: Avis Favaro, Medical Correspondent, CTV; Brie Carere, VP Marketing & Corporate Communications, FedEx; Jacky Kennedy, Canada Walks; Katie Jane Allen, Mommy Blogger; Louise Logan, Parachute President and CEO; Markus Javor, Communications Specialist, FedEx; Wi Lau, Toronto Police. 

The winners receive a crystal maple leaf award 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.

Parachute and FedEx announced the 2015 winners 

Congratulations to Gisele Young, Swaran Singh, and Linda Roach for their extraordinary contributions to help keep our children safe. 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. 

1. Gisele Young has made a vital contribution in her Brampton, ON community.  Gisele was recognized as one of Canada's Favorite Crossing Guards at an award ceremony at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Public School in Brampton, ON, on Wedneday, December 9, 2015. After retiring from CIL Plastics, Gisele Young decided to become a crossing guard. Twenty-eight years later, she remains a beloved fixture at St. Wilfrid Laurier Public School. Going strong at 93 years young, Mrs. Young has remarkably never missed a day of work.

2. Swaran Singh or Mr. Singh, as he's known at Bedford-Park Public School, is a local hero to many of his students. He’s won countless service awards and citations including recognition for his efforts that saved a six-year-old from injury. His efforts were recognized in the book Caribou Crossing by Mary Anne Boeckh Macleod.  His family attended the celebration ceremony where he received his award.

3. Linda Roach is an incredible woman from New Maryland, New Brunswick.  Students at her local school know her as Miss L and can always depend on her to safely guide them especially when high snow banks obscure the crossings.  Miss L was recognized at an award ceremony at New Maryland Public School in January, 2016.

For more information about the winners, check out the Inside Parachute Blog.

Thank you!

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 2014 winners.