2018 Canada’s Favourite Crossing Guard Contest
Congratulations to our 2018 winners
Three exceptional school crossing guards who go above and beyond the call of duty have been chosen as winners of the 2018 Canada’s Favourite Crossing Guard Contest. The recipients are being recognized for their extraordinary contributions to their communities.
Christian Behnke, North Vancouver, B.C.: A volunteer crossing guard at Cleveland Elementary School, he leads Grade 6 and 7 students who also volunteer to assist with ensuring roads and crossings are safe. A D.J. by trade, he volunteers to bring music to the schools “Walk & Wheel” days and supports other schools’ activities with his music.
Pierce Casey, London, Ontario: He takes care of both the physical safety and emotional health of the 300 students at Evelyn Harrison P.S., taking on the role of confidant and dispute-resolver. He attends school concerts and sporting events as an “honorary grandparent” for students whose family are not available.
Darnley Lewis, Oakville, Ontario: Staff, students and parents at St. Mary Catholic School praise Lewis for his gentle demeanour with students, protecting them from aggressive drivers at a dangerous urban crossing spot. Says one nominee: “He is a foot soldier of safety at the corner of inconsiderate and entitlement.” He also is a hospital volunteer.
About the contest
An initiative of Parachute and FedEx Express Canada, Canada’s Favourite Crossing Guard Contest honours the extraordinary contributions of dynamic individuals who help keep our children safe.
From February 20 to April 20, 2018, Parachute and FedEx Express Canada accepted nominations for Canada's Favourite Crossing Guard.
We received 676 nominations from students, educators, parents, and community leaders from 14 communities in seven provinces across Canada that were judged by our panel:
Stephanie Holmes, Social Media Influencer
Vjosa Isai, Reporter, The Toronto Star
Steve Podborski, CEO and President, Parachute
Pina Starnino, VP of Operations, FedEx
The panel scored each candidate in the categories of:
- evidence of support shown for the crossing guard;
- safety record of the crossing guard;
- proactive initiatives the crossing guard has taken; and
- level of involvement of the crossing guard in the community.
The winners receive a crystal maple leaf award and $500. As well, each winner’s school receives $500 provided by FedEx Express Canada.
For more details, see our media release.