Thank your Crossing Guard and Nominate them for Ottawa’s Favourite Crossing Guard!

Not all heroes wear capes….some wear high visibility vests!

As you can imagine, Adult Crossing Guards have a very important (and sometimes stressful) job. School Zones are busy places –along with the regular traffic volume and frustrated, distracted motorists that are part and parcel of the daily rush, there is a flurry of activity that happens in school zones around bell times. Busses arrive and leave. Parents drop off and pick up their children. Students and parents depend on their Crossing Guard to help them cross the road safely.

May 19th is Crossing Guard
Appreciation Day!

The Ottawa Safety Council will be raising awareness about the importance of school zone safety by putting the spotlight on their very deserving Crossing Guards on
May 19th, 2022.

    • On May 19th, say thanks to your guard and show them some appreciation
      with a small gift, card or even just a high-five!
    • Download the Colouring Sheet and present it to them on May 19th.
    • Snap a picture or take a short video of yourself thanking your Guard and
      post it on social media with the hashtag #CrossingTomorrowsLeaders and
      tag us on Twitter @SafetyOttawa or FB @ottawasafetycouncil
    • All social media entries will be entered into a draw for a $100 Visa Gift Card
    • All nomination entries will be entered into a draw to win a Family Fun Package!



Download this picture, colour it and take a picture with your crossing guard to show your appreciation. Don’t forget to tag us! The social media handles are on the PDF!

Nominate/Thank your Guard

Ottawa’s Favourite Crossing Guard wins a $500 prize and is awarded the Marie Armstrong Crossing Guard Award.

The Marie Armstrong Crossing Guard Award:

The Marie Armstrong Crossing Guard Award is presented yearly to a Guard who shows high levels of excellence and dedication to the important role of keeping our community’s children safe.  The cash prize is generously donated by Marie Armstrong’s family – to honour her memory.  Here is what Marie’s family has to say about her:

“Marie Armstrong, was born in a fishing village known as Avondale, Newfoundland, in 1932. At the age of 18, Marie left for Montreal with her new husband. After a few years in the city she moved to Dollard des Ormeaux in the West Island.

Marie had 6 children, the youngest of which was 20 years younger than the eldest. When her youngest child, Maria, went to first grade at Ecole Dollard des Ormeaux, she saw a crossing guard for the first time. Thinking it would be great to help out, as she was going back and forth to school with Maria daily, she inquired as to how she might volunteer. After registering at the local police station, Marie began her career as a crossing guard. Under the impression that it was a volunteer position, she failed to pick up pay checks for months! While thrilled by the news, she could not believe that she was actually getting paid for something she felt very happy to do.

Over the next 12 years as a crossing guard she got to know all of the children and their parents well. She knew who needed a hug and who was at risk. She cared deeply for their little souls and never missed a day for fear that some child might need her. Marie, who was affectionately known as “granny” to her 10 grandchildren, and “GG” to her 4 great grandchildren, never said an unkind word about anybody in her life and was always looking out for children, whether hers or not. We, as her family, are delighted to honour her memory by lending her name to this award.”  – James Miller (Marie’s Grandson)

2021-22 award recipient Kim Massé – Divine Infant School / Orleans North-Convent Glen

2021-22 award recipient Kim Massé – Divine Infant School / Orleans North-Convent Glen

The Marie Armstrong Crossing Guard Award Winners

2021-22 Winner – Kim Massé – Divine Infant School / Orleans North-Convent Glen

2020-21 Winner –
Sally O’Brien, W.E. Gowling E.S. & E.E.P. Louise-Arbour / Carlington
2018-19 Winner – Winston Reid, ACG John Young E.S. / Kanata South-Glen Cairn
2017-18 Winner – Dennis Bresee, ACG Stittsville E.S.,  Guardian Angels C.S & Westwind E.S, / Stittsville
2016-17 Winner – Dave Conlin, ACG Roberta Bondar & Marguerite d’Youville / Hunt Club
2015-16 Winner – Monique Laviolette, ACG Rockcliffe Park E.S. / Rockcliffe Park
2014-15 Winner – Freida Fong, ACG Maple Ridge E.S. / Orleans East – Fallingbrook

The Marie Armstrong Crossing Guard Award Recipients

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