Posted at 200 locations across the City at the morning and afternoon bell times in all types of weather, the Ottawa Safety Council Crossing Guards make over 300 million safe crossings annually, ensuring our communities children get to and from school safely. These guards are seen by the children as heroes on their daily commute, keeping an eye out for everyone’s wellbeing. Not all heroes wear capes…some wear high visibility vests!
On Friday May 18, 2018 the first Crossing Guard Appreciation Day in Ottawa was held at Roch Carrier Elementary School in Kanata. Guests included; City Councillors, representatives from the Ottawa Safety Council, the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Police Services, Public Health, Crossing Guards, and students.
This year’s winner of the Marie Armstrong Crossing Guard Award is Dennis Bresee. Dennis has been a Crossing Guard at 3 different schools in Stittsville for seven years. The winner of this memorial award must show a passion for their role, goes above and beyond in keeping their community safe, is reliable, dedicated, and great at their job. Dennis has shown all of these qualities over the years, and because of this, he is this year’s recipient of the award. The Armstrong Family generously donated $500.00 for this year’s winner.
If you are interested in getting involved in your community, the Crossing Guard position is a great way to connect with your neighborhood and provide a valuable service while getting outside in the fresh air and getting active. For more information on the Ottawa Safety Councils Crossing Guard program, visit http://ottawasafetycouncil.ca/crossing-guard-program/
We are extremely proud of our Crossing Guards, and want to congratulate and thank all of them for their dedication and continual hard work!