2017 Canada’s Favourite Crossing Guard Contest Winners Announced
Here's a look at one of our 2016 winners, Linda Roach:
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 February 20 to April 21, 2017.
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; Pina Starnino, VP Operations, FedEx and Steve Anderson, Senior Communications Specialist, FedEx; Pamela Fueslli, VP, Knowledge Transfer & Stakeholder Relations; Kate Berry, Senior Program Manager – Active and Safe Routes to School; Lisa Thornbury, Mommy Blogger.
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 2017 winners
Congratulations to David Innes, Sheryl Hauraney, and Monique Tremblay for their extraordinary contributions to their communities. 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. DAVID INNES, ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND: For more than three years, David Innes has been a volunteer crossing guard at Rennie’s River Elementary School. Students, staff and parents are inspired by his dedication even in harsh weather, including shoveling sidewalks to ensure safety.
2. SHERYL HAURANEY, PORT HOPE, ONTARIO: Longtime crossing guard Sheryl Hauraney at Beatrice Strong Public School is a valued member of her community. She ensures speeding cars slow down, greets all students and parents by name, and volunteers at numerous school events.
3. MONIQUE TREMBLAY, LAVAL, QUEBEC: Staff and students at Terry Fox Elementary School praise crossing guard Monique Tremblay. She makes students smile each day, teaches them to stay alert and aware, and personally salts the sidewalks to ensure safety in the winter.
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.
Canada’s Favourite Crossing Guard Contest is part of Walk This Way, a pedestrian safety program aimed at reducing the number of child pedestrian injuries by raising driver awareness and making schools more walkable. To date, Canada’s Favourite Crossing Guard Contest has awarded 36 crossing guards nationwide.
FedEx Express Canada is a proud supporter of Parachute’s Walk This Way program, a global initiative that advocates child pedestrian safety.