The Ottawa Safety Council Invites Students, Schools, and the General Community to
Nominate Ottawa’s Favourite Crossing Guard 2022!
Not all heroes wear capes….some wear high visibility vests!
The Ottawa Safety Council (OSC) is excited to launch its annual Ottawa’s Favourite Crossing Guard Contest! From March 22, 2022 to April 29, 2022, the OSC is inviting the community to nominate their Favourite Crossing Guard!
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. Buses 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. The Adult Crossing Guard Program is a partnership between the City of Ottawa and the OSC, in which the OSC proudly employs a team of 300+ Adult Crossing Guards who are deployed across the city at 260+ school zone intersections. They play a key role in ensuring students get to and from school safely. Ottawa’s Crossing Guards conduct over 3 million safe crossings annually!
As such, we are shining the spotlight on our unsung heroes – the Crossing Guards! From March 22, 2022 to April 29, 2022, the OSC is inviting the community to nominate their Favourite Crossing Guard! The winner of Ottawa’s Favourite Crossing Guard 2022 will receive a $500 cash prize. They will also be presented with the Marie Armstrong Crossing Guard Award during this year’s proclamation of Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, which will take place on May 19, 2022. The school associated with the highest level of participation in the contest, based on the number of nominations submitted, will also win a $300.00 Canadian Tire gift card!
How students, schools, and the general community can take part in Ottawa’s Favourite Crossing Guard Contest:
- Nominate your favourite Crossing Guard here;
- Download the ‘Thank you’ Colouring Sheet and present it to your favourite guard 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 make sure to tag us on Twitter @SafetyOttawa or FB @ottawasafetycouncil. All social media entries will be entered into a draw for a $100 Visa Gift Card!
Stay tuned for when the OSC announces the winner of Ottawa’s Favourite Crossing Guard on Thursday, May 19, 2022 to present them with the Marie Armstrong Crossing Guard Award 2022. The Mayor will also officially proclaim that date as Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, which takes place during the National Road Safety Awareness Week 2022.