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 21st is Adult Crossing Guard Appreciation Day!
The Ottawa Safety Council (OSC) is raising awareness about the importance of school zone safety by putting the spotlight on their very deserving Crossing Guards on May 21st, 2021.
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)
Thank your Guard
Ottawa’s Favourite Crossing Guard wins a $500 prize and is awarded the Marie Armstrong Crossing Guard Award.
HAVE SOME FUN AND SHOW YOUR GUARD YOU APPRECIATE THEM!
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!
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