OSTA Board of Directors’ Meetings for the 2017-2018 School Year
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|May 28, 2018||View Agenda +||View Minutes +|
|April 23, 2018||View Agenda +||View Minutes +|
|March 26, 2018||View Agenda +||View Minutes +|
|February 26, 2018||View Agenda +||View Minutes +|
|January 29, 2018||View Agenda +||View Minutes +|
|December 11, 2017 (AGM)||View Agenda +||View Minutes +|
|December 11, 2017||View Agenda +||View Minutes +|
|November 13, 2017||View Agenda +||View Minutes +|
|October 23, 2017||View Agenda +||View Minutes +|
|August 28, 2017||View Agenda +||View Minutes +|
The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $100K grant from Ontario Active School Travel, a program of Green Communities Canada, to promote active transportation programs in the Ottawa Region. A community I Walk Event is being held at two Barrhaven schools, Half Moon Bay PS and St Benedict CS, on Thursday October 11th, 2018. More than 1,000 students and their families are expected to walk and roll to school, along with other members of the community starting at 7:50am.
“This grant will allow OSTA to expand its services and evolve existing programs, such as the Walking School Bus, School Travel Planning, and Walk a Block” says Vicky Kyriaco, GM and CAO of OSTA. “With more than 70 schools participating in our School Active Transportation program, the next step is to engage parents to lead the way by producing materials and providing incentives designed to gradually shift their mode selection from car to active travel on their way to school.”
“The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board embraces the positive impact active school travel has on our students, and on our school environment. Walking to school is an excellent way to promote physical and mental health and well-being. We are pleased to work with OSTA, and our City partners, to give our students as many opportunities as possible to get to school using human-powered modes of transportation,” states Jennifer Adams, Director of Education (OCDSB).
“We feel this is a very important initiative; to encourage our school communities to return to walking and rolling as the first choice for getting to school”, states Denise Andre, Director of Education (OCSB). “The Ottawa Catholic School Board collaborates with OSTA, and other organizations like Canadian Automobile Association, to deliver programs that help students, and their families, get to school safely using active school travel.”
Clifford Maynes, Executive Director of Green Communities Canada, states “In recent decades, we have seen a significant decline in walking among school children across the province. This initiative, with rich local partnerships, is a great opportunity to reverse this downward trend and rebuild a culture of active school travel.”
OSTA is grateful for the continued collaboration with, and contributions from, members of the Ottawa School Active Transportation Network who help develop strategic initiatives, and provide operational support and funding opportunities. In particular, OSTA wishes to thank the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Public Health, Green Communities Canada, OCDSB/OCSB, Ottawa Police Services, Ottawa Safety Council, EnviroCentre, and many others, for their work behind the scenes, and on the ground, to keep students safe on their way to school.
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OSTA Board of Directors’ Meetings for the Current 2018-2019 School Year
|Date||Meeting Agendas||Meeting Minutes|
|May 27, 2019||View Agenda+||View Minutes+|
|April 29, 2019||View Agenda+||View Minutes+|
|March 25, 2019||View Agenda+||View Minutes+|
|February 25, 2019||View Agenda+||View Minutes+|
|January 28, 2019||View Agenda+||View Minutes+|
|December 10, 2018||View Agenda+||View Minutes+|
|December 10, 2018 (AGM)||View Agenda+||View Minutes+|
|November 12, 2018||View Agenda+||View Minutes+|
|September 24, 2018||View Agenda+||View Minutes+|
|August 27, 2018||View Agenda+||View Minutes+|
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!